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Show Me Shorts names 6

This year’s edition of Show Me Shorts has teased out the first six titles confirmed for this year, ahead of the full programme release in a couple of weeks.

The festival received 1,500 submissions from 60+ countries this year – a massive 50% increase on 2015. This year’s selection comprises 48 titles, a couple up on last year’s 46.

Joe Lonie, will present the world premiere of Shout at the Ground (pictured, top), a raucous road-trip “vom-com”. The film is one of nine which will have their world premieres at this year’s Show Me Shorts. Lonie won Show Me Shorts Best Film award in 2014 with Honk If You’re Horny, which qualified the film for the Oscars.

Honk If You’re Horny

Already Oscar-qualified this year is another of the selections announced, UK director Daniel Mulloy’s Home. BAFTA-winner Mulloy’s SXSW-premiered short won in Palm Springs to qualify and is currently in competition for the European Film Awards.

Also announced is German director Tim Ellrich’s Die Badewanne (The Bathtub), which won the Special Jury Award at Clermont-Ferrand and, last month, the Internatioanl Short award at Korea’s PiFan. US director Brett Foxwell’s stop-motion animation Fabricated and Venice-premiered Seide by Kyrgyzstan’s Elnura Osmonalivea round out the international titles named in the first announcement.

Completing the line-up is one of the five music videos that will compete for the NZ On Air Best Music Video Award, Simon Oliver’s Secret Lives of Furniture by Ha The Unclear.

Secret Lives of Furniture

The full Show Me Shorts programme will be announced 15 September.

Show Me Shorts holds its Opening Night and Awards Ceremony at the Civic, Auckland, on 1 October.

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