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.
National jury members 2021
Briar Grace Smith
Briar Grace-Smith (Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Wai) is an award-winning writer of plays, television scripts and short stories. Her plays have toured nationally and internationally to Australia, Canada and Greece. Her first play Ngā Pou Wāhine won the 1995 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award and her first feature film The Strength of Water premiered at Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals in February 2009.
In 2010 she received the New Zealand Writers Guild award for Best Screenplay, The Strength of Water. Briar co-directed and wrote the screenplay for the feature film Cousins, released in 2021.
Briar was appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to theatre, film and television, in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Bronwyn has been at the helm of Australia’s Flickerfest for 25 years since 1997 and has extensive experience in festival programming, tour production and the marketing and distribution of short films across the festival and other broadcast and non-broadcast platforms. She was on the board for over 15 years of the International Short film conference (ISFC) from 2000 to 2015, and has been a member of many respected international juries such as the Drama Short Film Festival in Greece, World Wide Short Film Festival in Toronto and Grimstad in Norway. A documentary filmmaker passionate about social justice issues, Bronwyn’s credits include one hour documentaries ‘Walking With My Sisters’ and ‘Beachball’s’ both broadcast on SBS TV.
Dominic Corry is an entertainment reporter, film critic and broadcaster. He recently returned to New Zealand from living in Los Angeles, where he spent five years covering film and television, interviewing everybody from David Lynch to Clint Eastwood. He has appeared as an entertainment reporter, pop culture commentator and/or film critic on RNZ National, Newstalk ZB, TVNZ, Three and Al Jazeera English. He is the Editor-at-Large for Letterboxd, the social network for film-lovers, and is the NZ Herald’s film critic. He has bylines at Entertainment Weekly, Flicks and Backstory Magazine.
International jury members 2021
Per Fikse is the Director of Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway, a position he has held from 1999, in a festival he has programmed since 1994. Per holds a Master of Management degree from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has committed a few shorts and contributed with articles on film published in Norwegian and international media. He also works as a Software Development Manager in the private sector.
Victor Rodger ONZM is a Wellington based award winning writer of Samoan and Scottish descent. As a playwright, he is best known for his celebrated plays BLACK FAGGOT and SONS while his most recent screen credits include writing two of the shorts featured in the supernatural series Teine Sa: The Ancient Ones. In 1995, Victor attended Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, graduating in 1997.
Victor has worked on Shortland Street as a writer and has also acted in various films, plays and television series including Stickmen and Tongan Ninja. Victor has held multiple writing residencies throughout New Zealand as well as being the 2006 Creative New Zealand Fulbright Pacific Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii.
As a vocalist, MC and truth-teller, the consistent evolution of Ladi6 has firmly cemented her as New Zealand’s undisputed Queen of Hip-hop/Soul and R&B. Born and raised in Christchurch, it was a year-long family move to Tanzania that awoke Ladi’s songwriting and calling to perform. This led to the formation of her first group, the all- female Sheelahroc meaning “Women Are The Strength”, before forming Verse 2 then the Ladi6 band as it is today.
Taking the stage with a decade of world touring under her belt, her ability to connect and uplift her audience is where she thrives as frontwoman. Following tours across NZ, Australia and Europe with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jhene Aiko, Digable Planets and Fat Freddys Drop, it was supporting Gil Scott-Heron on his final UK and European tour prior to his passing – taking the stage before him at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall – that stands as a career highlight.
Screenplay award judge 2021
Nick Ward broke into feature screenwriting with pool comedy Stickmen. An instant Kiwi hit, Stickmen won Ward a 2001 NZ Film Award for best script. He went on to originate and co-write hit romance Second-Hand Wedding, and reconvened with Wedding director Paul Murphy for 2011 follow-up Love Birds. Ward has also penned episodes of TV series Outrageous Fortune and Burying Brian, and horror flick The Ferryman.