Every year Show Me Shorts recruits a new panel of highly regarded screen industry practitioners to decide the winners of our awards. They watch all of the films in advance of the festival, so that the winners can be announced and prizes presented at our Opening Night & Awards Ceremony.
Meet our jury members for 2017
Award winning journalist, Miriama Kamo is the presenter, and reports for, TV ONE’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday. She won the prestigious Best Current Affairs Reporter gong at the Qantas Media Awards in 2005 for her investigation into alleged abuses at Porirua Hospital in the 1960s and 70s. She has also presented TV2 current affairs show 20/20 and lifestyle programme Kiwi Living. Miriama also presents TV ONE’s Marae on Sunday mornings.
New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Rachel House has been working for more than 25 years in the arts industry. She has worked as an actor, director, voice artist and performer, starring in some of New Zealand’s most loved films, with roles in Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, White Lies and Boy. Rachel was recently made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for her outstanding contribution to performing arts, and was the recipient of the 2016 WIFT (Women in Film & Television) NZ Mana Wāhine award for her work in theatre and film, as an actor and director. She was nominated for Best Actress for the 2017 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards for her performance in New Zealand’s highest grossing film ever Hunt for the Wilderpeople. She is fresh off of her performance voicing Granny Tala in Disney’s Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated Moana and is working to translate the film into Te Reo Māori. Later this year, we will see her on screens in Marvel’s Taika Waititi directed blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok.
Ian McCarroll is a New Zealand-based cinematographer who has been involved in the film industry since the early 90’s. He has worked globally shooting TVC’s, short films, music videos and feature films with local and international directors. His work has featured in numerous festivals and his passion for short films continues to be one of his favourite mediums.
Mélissa Bouchard is the Head of Programming, for REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival in Canada. For six years, she has planned and organized nearly a hundred short film screening events of all kinds. Mélissa has participated in a large number of selection committees and has been a member of influential international film festival juries. She has a passion for short films and devotes all her energy to enhancing the independent short film genre.
Writer/director Yamin Tun is the New Zealand film industry’s SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year 2016. She won the NZFC Special Jury Prize at Show Me Shorts in 2016 with her short film Wait. Yamin was also awarded the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and Wallace Friends of the Civic Filmmaking award at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2016. She is currently developing two feature film projects.