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Show Me Shorts names 47

Show Me Shorts has announced its line-up for 2016, selected from 1500 entries from 60 countries. The 48 titles chosen including a good number of world premieres for local titles and NZ premieres for films from overseas.

Four of the six finalists for this year’s NZ’s Best competition will line up again, this time chasing an the grand prize of Oscar consideration. Damon Duncan’s Cradle, Matasila Freshwater’s Shmeat, Ned Wenlock’s Spring Jam and Yamin Tun’s Wait (pictured, top) are the NZ’s Best titles named in the selection.

James Cunningham, who last year won Show Me Shorts’ Best Editing gong for Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, returns with Kitten Witch. Cunningham’s short is one of several from NZ which will have their world premieres at the festival.

Among those world premieres will be Aidee Walker’s Break In The Weather, produced by Alexander Gandar who’s also selected as a director with the music video for Chelsea Jade’s Low Brow. Thunderlips have two bites at the Music Video award cherry this year and are going for a threepeat, having won the MV category in 2014 with Sheep, Dog & Wolf’s Glare and last year with Emily by The Eversons. This year they’re selected with another Sheep, Dog & Wolf track, Breathe, and LarzRanda’s Lifeguard.

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust director Guy Pigden has short horror No Caller I.D. in the line-up. Kirsty Griffin & Vivienne Kernick are selected with documentary Topsy and Dave, one of the titles in their recently-released web series. Amy Street.

All up 48 titles will play the festival, 19 homegrown shorts, 24 from overseas, and five local music videos. The selection was made from 1,500 submissions.

The awards judges for 2016 are actress Antonia Prebble, director Dylan Reeve (Tickled), and producer Steven O’Meagher (Out of the Blue, Harry, Consent: the Louise Nicholas Story). Finalists will be announced ahead of the awards ceremony.

Show Me Shorts kicks off with its Awards Event on 1 October and runs its Short Film Talks on 11 October (Auckland) and 18 October (Wellington). The full programme is available to download here.

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