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Cannes 2011 sees Kiwis in Short Film Corner

Short Film Corner offers filmmakers the chance to put their wares in front of buyers during the world’s A-est of A-list festivals. The competition for buyer and programmer attention is steep. Last year, 1,728 films were registered. This year’s online catalogue runs well over 200 pages. Finding the NZ films is hard.

The Film Commission has placed four shorts in the catalogue this year: Sam Peacocke’s Manurewa; Jane Shearer’s Bird; Alan Dickson’s Preferably Blue; and Tammy Davis’ Ebony Society.

Alongside those, a number of independently-submitted films will also be available in Short Film Corner. Miri Stone’s Drowning; Matthew Inns Oku Tuakana, My Brothers; Etienne Vaudrey’s A Fictional Thesis; and Gurnir Singh’s student film Free Kick.

Films registered in Short Film Corner are available for viewing onsite during the festival, and can be viewed remotely by buyers for some time afterwards.

Short Film Corner has run since 2004. Registering a film gives one access to the festival and the various programmes of workshops and themed conferences, round tables, happy hours, etc.

The festival’s in-competition films, Stephen Kang’s Blue and Sam Holst’s Meathead are also listed in the Short Film Corner programme.

There might be more Kiwi shorts participating, or less. The online catalogue is user-unfriendly. Singh’s film is listed as a world première but apparently screened in Cannes last year and is available on vimeo.

Certainly there are plenty of other Kiwis in or heading to France. Producers Steven O’Meagher, Dave Gibson and Leanne Saunders will be there with some help from the NZFC, which will be represented by CEO Graeme Mason, James Thompson, Naomi Wallwork and Jasmin McSweeney.

Amanda Phillips’ feature Desired will screen in the Marché du Film.

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