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Ukrainian Fundraiser

Show Me Shorts in collaboration with Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KISFF) presents a collection of short films from top Ukrainian filmmakers. These screenings are fundraising events for the people of Ukraine who are currently under attack.

All proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will be transferred to KISFF (using Wise funds transfer) for distribution by them to humanitarian funds within Ukraine.

If you would like to make an additional donation, can’t make it to any of our screenings or are not in New Zealand so can’t access our On Demand page, you can make a donation via paypal at the button below:

Donate to Ukrainian Fundraiser


Rather than try to put into words ourselves what is happening in this terrible situation, here is a message from our friends at KISFF:

“More than a month has passed since the beginning of a full-scale war in Ukraine. It feels like a long time since our last calm days when we lived our regular lives. Since February 24, everyone from our team at Kyiv International Short Film Festival has experienced the war in one way or another. We just got the terrifying reports from the recently de-occupied Bucha — a town next to Kyiv, just 40 kilometres from our office. The violence the Russian army has done to Ukrainian civilians is disturbing to us all. We understand it is difficult for people outside of Ukraine to relate to what is happening here, but we strongly believe everyone must know the scale of the tragedy our people are facing. All of this is the reason we decided to reach out to our colleagues at short film festivals around the world. We are asking for your help to spread Ukrainian stories from our wonderful award-winning filmmakers, and to help us fundraise for the many humanitarian needs in Ukraine right now.”

There are five Ukrainian short films that have been specially curated by KISFF for the fundraising screenings:

  1. Unavailable directed by Nikon Romanchenko is a drama about a woman who works at a pastry shop while waiting to hear from her son who is in the war zone and out of communication.
  2. Me and Mariupol directed by Piotr Armianovski is a documentary about a man who first saw the sea in Mariupol. He revisits the city twenty years later, and speaks of how enchanting he finds it.
  3. Sensiz (Without You) directed by Nariman Aliev is a story of two brothers. On the road to a birthday party in a remote place their car breaks down and they decide to go the rest of the way on foot.
  4. Bullmastiff directed by Anastasіia Bukovska is the story of a lonely war veteran who accidentally meets a lost dog who helps him rekindle a sense of joy.
  5. Deep Love directed by Mykyta Lyskov is an animation set in the city of Dnipro. Partly a documentary, through the prism of absurdity and black humour, the film tells the story of a big city during historical changes and de-communisation.


Christchurch: 7pm Monday 23 May at Dux Central, 6 Poplar Street, Christchurch.

Book Christchurch tickets here


Auckland: 7pm Tuesday 24 May at The Kingslander, 470 New North Road, Kingsland

Book Auckland tickets here


Wellington:  7pm Wednesday 25 May at Southern Cross Garden Bar, 39 Abel Smith Street.

Book Wellington tickets here


New Plymouth:  4pm (7pm SOLD OUT)  Friday 27 May at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 42 Queen Street, New Plymouth.

Book New Plymouth tickets here


On Demand: 9am Saturday 28 to 9pm Sunday 29 May at Show Me Shorts On Demand. This screening is only available to viewers in New Zealand. Once you have bought tickets you will have 48hours in which to watch them.

Book On Demand tickets here


These screenings are informal events celebrating Ukrainian creativity and raising much needed funds for humanitarian aid. All are welcome. Seating will not be allocated, so first in best dressed. The bars will be open with food and drink available for purchase.

Language: Ukrainian (with English subtitles)

Run Time: approx 92-minutes

Rating: M – Contains violence, sexual references and offensive language

Thank you to Kyiv International Short Film Festival for providing the films.

Thank you to Albert-Eden Local Board for supporting this project.

Thank you to the Film & Video Labelling Body for supporting this project.

Thank you to Stuff for supporting Show Me Shorts.