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NZIFF names a baker’s dozen of short films

The NZIFF has announced two short film programmes for this year’s festival: the titles which will compete for the NZ’s Best awards, and those selected for the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts programme.

This year’s guest selector Gaylene Preston has chosen six films, including Roseanne Liang’s Sundance-premiere Do No Harm. After last year’s winner, Yamin Tun’s Wait, there’s a Waiting this year, from Amberley Jo Aumua. Catherine Bisley, whose Untitled Groping Revenge Fairy Tale also competes, was a finalist at the 2013 Film Awards with short Wide Eyed.

83 shorts were considered by programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell.

The six NZ’s Best finalsists are: Do No Harm (dir. Roseanne Liang), The Dregs (dir. Matt Campbell), Laundry (dir. Becs Arahanga) (pictured, top), Thicket (dir. Julian Vares), Untitled Groping Revenge Fairy Tale (dir. Catherine Bisley), and Waiting (dir. Amberley Jo Aumua).

Leo Koziol, whose Wairoa Maori Film Festival runs over the Queen’s Borthday weekend, and Pollywood Pasifika’s Craig Fasi have selected seven short films for Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2017.


The seven films are: Lady Eva (dir. Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson), Manahatta (dir. Renae Maihi), Natalie (dir. Qianna Titore), Possum (dir. Dave Whitehead), Sunday Fun Day (dir. Dianna Fuemana), Tama (dir. Jared Flicroft, Jack O’Donnell), and Tree (dir. Lauren Jackson).
Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson did the festival rounds three years back with Kumu Hina. It played here at Wairoa and Out Takes and returned last year, playing Doc Edge as part of a programme curated by FIFO.

Lauren Jackson’s short I’m Going to Mum’s took the Best Actor (for Duane Wichman Evans) and Audience Awards at Wairoa and was a finalist in NZ’s Best in 2013. Dave Whitehead’s Possum is not to be confused with the 1997 short of the same name by the late Brad McGann.



The NZIFF programme will be available online from 7pm Monday 26 June, and on the streets from Tuesday 27 June for Auckland and Friday 30 June for Wellington. The NZIFF opens in Auckland on 20 July and in Wellington on 28 July.

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