Worlds Collide

We live in a time of unprecedented mobility. Misunderstandings are bound to happen as we explore other lands, cultures and ideas. What happens when east meets west? When different world views clash? The moments explored in these short films are funny, scary, sad and sometimes all three at once.

Estimated total run time: 105 minutes.
Rated M for violence, offensive language & drug use.

Big City

Drama, 9 mins, Australia

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ: Jordan Bond

Dir: Lachlan Ryan

Prod: Jarrod Theodore

Lonely Vijay picks up a stray drunk, Chris, in a Melbourne taxi. During the ride they become friends as Chris experiences some of Vijay’s nightly troubles, and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.

A New Home

Thriller, 14 mins, Slovenia

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ: Žiga Virc

Writ/Prod: Boštjan Virc

A woman moves into an empty new apartment block. Each day she passes a refugee tent city in the park. Her creeping fear and paranoia threaten to overwhelm her.

Not Yet

Drama, 15 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ: Arian Vazirdaftari

Writ: Shadi Karamroudi

Prod: Majid Barzegar

Two parents Skype their daughter, who is studying abroad, on her 21st birthday. Their unity is a sham, a fact the filmmaker exposes to us via clever use of split-screen cinematography.


Comedy, 17 mins, Netherlands

Dir/Writ: Ena Sendijarevic

Prod: Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers

A Bosnian refugee family ends up in a small village in the Netherlands after getting a residence permit in 1994. Absurd situations arise as they try to make this new world their home.

A Drowning Man

Drama, 15 mins, Denmark

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ/Prod: Mahdi Fleifel

Prod: Patrick Campbell, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Alone and far from home, a Palestinian refugee in Greece looks for the means to get through his day. He is forced to make compromises to survive.


Drama, 15 mins, New Zealand

World Premiere

Dir/Writ/Prod: Lauren Porteous

A lonely rural motelier befriends one of her guests. For one night, the lives of someone who can’t move, and another who can’t stop, intersect.

La Madre Buena (The Good Mother)

Comedy, 6 mins, Mexico

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ/Prod: Sarah Clift

Prod: Madrefoca

With her only child’s birthday looming, a Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through politics to find the right piñata for her son.


Drama, 14 mins, Ireland

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ: Benjamin Cleary

Dir: TJ O’Grady Peyton

Prod: Rebecca Bourke

A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Sun 29 Oct

5:30 pm
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*World premiere screening with filmmaker intro

Tue 31 Oct

2:30 pm
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Fri 3 Nov

6:30 pm
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Christchurch – Alice Cinematheque

Mon 20 Nov

6:30 pm
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Thu 18 Jan

7:30 pm

Wellington CBD – Embassy Theatre

Sun 12 Nov

4:30 pm
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Thu 16 Nov

6:30 pm
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Sun 19 Nov

6:30 pm
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