Kia ora, fellow short film fans!
Welcome to Show Me Shorts 2015. This year marks a significant milestone – our 10th birthday. The enthusiastic response of our growing audience illustrates how Show Me Shorts has cemented its place in the hearts and minds of film-loving Kiwis, ever since we launched back in 2006. We’re proud to be here!
New Zealanders are acknowledged as world leaders in making short films. Did you know that we are the second country after France to have the most short films screened in competition at Cannes? That’s why Show Me Shorts exists – to bring you the best new local, and international, short films each year. And we’re doing it in 22 cinemas across the length and breadth of Aotearoa.
We have a number of films making their world premiere in November during the festival, including James Cunningham’s animated bedtime story Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, and a Christchurch-made documentary about the dating app Grindr, The Grind. We also have the honour of the first New Zealand screening of A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry, by Jake Mahaffey, who recently won the Orizzonti Best Film Award at Venice Film Festival for his feature film Free in Deed. The high level of craft demonstrated by the filmmakers selected for our programme is evidence of why Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s only Academy Awards®-accredited film festival.
This year’s fresh batch of short films serves to take the pulse of our world around us. From almost 1,000 entries and more than 50 countries, we have selected 40 short films and six music videos. These are handily divided into six themed sessions for your enjoyment, so you’ll see around seven films in each screening. The themes are drawn from the films themselves and reflect the psyche, current preoccupations and imaginations of the artists who made them: Aroha Aotearoa, Chivalry Isn’t Dead, Double Take, My Generation, Plunge Into Other Worlds and Trailblazers.
The Aroha Aotearoa section of the programme is the first time we have had an entire session devoted to New Zealand films. It’s a great way to discover talented newcomers as well as view the work of established auteurs such as Gregory David King, whose film UFO is included. Other countries featured throughout the themed sessions include South Korea, Poland, Switzerland, Ireland, UK, Belgium, France, USA, India, Australia, Japan and Canada.
Bringing the New Zealand short film community together is part of our mission, so we invite you to join us for a number of special events taking place during the festival. Our Opening Night & Awards Ceremony takes place on 11 November at The Civic. A celebration launching the Wellington season at Paramount Cinema takes place on 19 November. Free Short Film Talks screenings, with filmmakers explaining how they made their films, will take place at ACG Yoobee School of Design in Auckland and Wellington. Parents and teachers are also encouraged to introduce their children and students to the wonder of shorts by attending the My Generation section. Group bookings are available for schools and teachers can check out the Show Me Shorts in Schools kit.
Don’t miss your opportunity to catch Show Me Shorts on the big screen, and take part by voting for your favourite film to win the People’s Choice Award. We’re here for a good time, not a long time!