The Show Me Shorts Festival returns to Auckland this October and yep, as you can guess, it’s better than ever. With more than 1,500 submissions from more than 60 countries around the world, you can expect the crème-de-la-crème of short films. There are local as well as international films at more than 25 cinemas around the country. Escape your world, see things differently and enjoy.
Here’s our round up of the 10 best films that you don’t want to miss at The Show Me Shorts Festival.
#1 Shout at the Ground
The world premiere of award-winning Kiwi film-maker Joe Lonie’s new “vom-com”, Shout at the Ground, is a hilarious spewfest about a Kiwi rock band trapped in a speeding van. Based on a true story and starring Step Dave, Nothing Trivial and Outrageous Fortune actress, Aidee Walker, the musos succumb to travel sickness while deconstructing the heist that robbed them of an entire weekend’s door-take.
BAFTA award-winning film maker Daniel Molloy's Home is making its NZ premiere at Show Me Shorts this year. It’s a shocking, heart-breaking and beautiful short film; as thousands of refugees attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday. Tip—bring tissues!
Fabricated is a stop-motion animated short film ten years in the making, and is a journey through an alien world which was once our own. For any technology lovers, scientists and brainiacs—this short film will blow your mind!
Moving is a story about coping in the wake of a painful break up—a group of friends band together to help the former couple move out of their old room. From Eli Kent (All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever, The Intricated Art of Actually Caring) and Leon Wadham (Go Girls, Under the Mountain) these young film-makers are ones to watch. The short film stars Amanda Tito (Stepdave, The Book of Everything), Tai Berdinner-Blades (Go Girls, Dirty Laundry) and Olivia Tennet (Shortland Street, 800 Words) among a range of other wonderful young actors.
This surprising and hilarious animated black comedy is set in a dystopic New Zealand future. The struggle for food and resources inspires a peculiar scientist to venture into the night a procure a new food source. Think Sweeney Todd, with a Kiwi twist.
Narrated by award-winning actress Geraldine Brophy (How to Murder Your Wife, King Kong, Shortland Street). This short was also nominated as one of NZ’s Best short film competition at the NZIFF this year. The film deals with some incredibly interesting subjects in terms of morality, conservation and our opinions on food.
Recently winning the Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2016, Wait film tells the story of a Chinese migrant family in the 1980s New Zealand that are at the point of breaking apart. It’s a beautiful, moving story— based on writer and director’s Yamin Tum own personal experiences.
When a Mars colony’s comms satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion. A shuttle malfunction cuts connectivity to the ground and Chris, her son, makes the knee jerk decision to go after her. This is an extraordinary Sci-Fi short which makes its world premiere at the festival.
#8 Spring Jam
A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, knows he needs to improvise sweet music if he’s to have any chance during the mating session. Featured in this year’s “My Generation” section, this is an animated short film the whole family won’t want to miss.
#9 Mixteip - The Greatest Tape Ever Told
Nothing stimulates memories like music. This is a story of heart-break and nostalgia told through the eyes of a cassette tape trying to reunite with ex-lovers. This music video is a must-see for all muso’s!
#10 The Bathtub
From German writer/director Tim Ellrich comes this hilarious black comedy about three brothers trying to dive back into their idealised past through an old family picture of them in a bathtub. For anyone with a dysfunctional family, and for short-film lovers who want to see an absolute gem of the genre.
What: Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2016
When: October 2nd - 16th
Where: Academy Cinemas - CBD
How: Session times and booking options are available at academycinemas.co.nz.
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