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 2020

David Fane

David Fane is one of New Zealand’s most high profile writer, actors, radio personalities, and comedians. His credits include the feature films Next Goal Wins (directed byTaika Waititi); Chief Gary; a recurring role on the Australian-New Zealand co-production series  800 Words; Raymond the Party Host in Waititi’s television What We Do In The Shadows spinoff Wellington Paranormal; Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside and black comedy Fresh Eggs.




Steve Newall

Steve Newall is the editor of Flicks.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest movie website, overseeing a team of contributors who create news, reviews and feature content for Flicks. Steve’s been writing about film and music for more than 20 years, for a number of once-beloved publications no longer on newsstands – like Rip It Up and Real Groove. He can be heard on the radio talking about what he’s watching, along with other entertainment news, on 95bFM and Newstalk ZB and also works as a film festival programmer and producer.


Philip Ilson

Philip Ilson is the Artistic Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004. He is also the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival, and has worked as a freelance programmer, including at the East End Film Festival (London), Cork Film Festival (Ireland), and the Branchage Festival (Jersey), Latitude music festival, and at Curzon Soho Cinema.

International jury members 2020

Enrico Vannucci

Enrico Vannucci is the Short Film Advisor for the Venice Film Festival and Short Film Programmer for the Torino Short Film Market. He has been working in film festival programming teams since 2010. Additionally he has written essays on the short and feature film festival ecosystem and covered major film festivals as a journalist since 2009. In August 2018 he co-founded Varicoloured, a short film sales and distribution agency.

Jasmin McSweeney

Jasmin McSweeney is responsible for the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films and the New Zealand Film Commission, in New Zealand and internationally. She consults with filmmakers, international sales agents and distributors on international film festival and market placement. Within New Zealand, she assists distributors and filmmakers to identify and engage with their film’s audience through test screenings, audience research and distribution grants. Since 2005, Jasmin has been involved with the marketing and promotion of most of the films the Film Commission has invested in including The World’s Fastest Indian, Boy, The Dark Horse, The Dead Lands, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Pork Pie and Chasing Great.

Michelle Bristow


Michelle Bristow has worked in media for more than 30 years. She sits on the Board of Ngā Aho Whaakari. She is a television producer, programme researcher, writer, a judge for the NZ TV Awards, and she is currently the COVID-19 Communications Lead for the three Auckland district health boards.


Screenplay award judge 2020

Nick Ward
Nick Ward

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.