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 2019
Eiji Shimada has been a festival director at Sapporo Short Film Festival in Japan since 2015. He is also an associate professor at Hokkaido Information University in Japan, teaching filmmaking since 2008.
After acquiring a degree in architecture at Hokkaido University, Eiji learned filmmaking in the workshop of University of Southern California. Back to Japan in 2001, he started his career as an independent filmmaker with the support of Intercross Creative Center Sapporo. His short films have received awards in many countries such as Best Mini Short at California Independent Film Festival, Best Foreign Film at Mexico International Film Festival, and Best Short Film at Bangkokpost 9Filmfest in Thailand. In 2012 he was accepted by the Asian Film Academy (AFA) as a fellow filmmaker and he co-directed a short film in South Korea.
Simon Raby NZCS is a director and cinematographer who works on a wide variety of screen content both within New Zealand and internationally. Simon first started making films on Super 8mm film at age twelve and completed his first feature film at the age of eighteen. He is well known now as a DOP for larger budget films such as Lord of the Rings, District 9, Elysium and more recently Mortal Engines, Simon also frequently shoots New Zealand short films and low budget features such as Orphans and Kingdoms and Deathgasm, as well as feature documentaries such as Crossing Rachmaninoff and The Heart Dances. Simon is an accredited member of the New Zealand Cinematographers Society and is currently the sitting President of the Society.
Over the last 20 years Francesca Rudkin has been working in the media as a film and music reviewer (NZ Herald, Breakfast TV, Newstalk ZB), a television presenter and radio host, commercials producer, writer and voice over artist. Nine years ago, Francesca joined Rialto Channel as their resident vlogger, allowing her to indulge in her love of world cinema.
International jury members 2019
Peter Murdmaa is a filmmaker, short film programmer and distributor. He has worked in filmmaking as a director, producer and cinematographer. In 2013, Peter Murdmaa was the organizer and director of PÖFF Shorts. In 2014 he founded the Estonian Short Film Center, aiming to promote short form content within Estonia and share Estonian films with the rest of the world. Peter travels extensively, and is an active part of the international short film community, participating in festivals as a jury member, running pitching competitions, training workshops and lecturing all around the world. Currently he is leading short film distribution event Baltic Preview at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. He is a member of European Film Academy and international short film network Short Film Conference.
Dale has been Head of Talent Development at the NZ Film Commission for the past four years. His team oversees Catalyst He Kauahi and Fresh Shorts, talent and interactive development support and numerous other talent development initiatives. Prior to taking up this role Dale worked in the UK for 17 years in development and producing roles. As a director his shorts films have played at festivals around the world and his debut feature film earned him a BAFTA Scotland new talent nomination in 2009.
Betsy Bauer is an award-winning editor who has worked professionally in the industry for more than ten years. Equal parts storyteller, creative problem-solver, and bona fide pop culture nerd, Betsy’s passion lies in drama editing: telling powerful, immersive stories that impact audiences long after the lights come on. Artistry, authenticity, and respect for the story are the threads that tie Betsy’s work together. She has worked on many short and feature-length films throughout her career. And for the past four years, has applied her expertise as the resident editor for creative powerhouse, Weta Workshop. When she’s not at the Workshop, she’s collaborating on exciting projects with fellow creatives, working to bring extraordinary stories to the screen.
Screenplay award judge 2019
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.