Tag Archives: Screening Room





Oscar nominated directors

This month in our Screening Room we invite you to take a look at the early short films of three Academy Award-nominated directors: Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Denis Velleneuve (Arrival).


Hopelessly devoted to romantic shorts

The search for love is sometimes fraught with disaster but being a hopeless romantic – and single – Clayton Barnett from the Show Me Shorts team can’t help but fall in love with shorts on falling in love.


Highlights from Francesca Rudkin!

Film and music reviewer and Show Me Shorts ambassador Francesca Rudkin discusses four of her favourite shorts from this years Show me Shorts Film Festival. Ranging from a nostalgic comedy that attempts to create an idealized past, unsuccessful flat-hunts, delightful animations and even to a story of motherhood and consolidating crying children. Francesca shares her top picks!


Short road to success

There’s no question that Kiwi short film makers punch above their weight on the global stage. We’re plucky, resourceful and have a strong tradition of oral story telling that goes back generations. This month we asked acclaimed Canadian-New Zealand documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley for her take on our short films, and to pick some of her favourites. Here they are for your enjoyment.


Who are you really?

Some of the best short films focus on the plight of one truly great character. They don’t need to be saving the world or falling into the greatest love story of all time. They might just be going about their day of auditions or trying to record an answer phone message that encapsulates their personality. Done well, this can be mesmerizing. In our latest Screening Room post, Kiwi filmmaker Allan George demonstrates the importance of identity with three truly great shorts.


Celebrating the life and work of Paul Swadel

Revisit, or discover, some of the great work by New Zealand filmmaker Paul Swadel whose untimely passing is being mourned throughout the kiwi film industry. Mark Prebble, Show Me Shorts Festival Coordinator and a friend of Paul’s, shares three vibrant short films that offer a brief glimpse into Paul’s immense and diverse talent.