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Show Me Shorts picks 46

The tenth edition of Show Me Shorts kicks off next month, with the programme now available.

46 titles will play at 22 cinemas around the country from 11 November. The films are selected from almost 1,000 submissions, which Festival Director Gina Dellabarca notes is a big climb from the 300 considered for the first featival.

Around half the programme is international titles, but there’s now a NZ-only selection in the mix of six themed programmes. Among the locals having their world premiere at this year’s Show Me Shorts is Accidents, Blunders and Calamities from James Cunningham, whose retrospective at Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Film Festival closes a few days before Show Me Shorts opens.

A number of the NZ titles selected arrive with festival awards already under their belts, including Ivan Barge’s Madam Black (NZIFF, Rhode Island), Alyx Duncan’s The Tide Keeper (NZIFF), and Tim Worrall’s Tits on a Bull (Wairoa, SWANZ).

Judges for this year’s awards, which will be handed out at the opening night gala on 11 November, are last year’s Best Film winner Matthew Saville (Dive); actor, writer and director Peter Elliot, actor and writer Siobhan Marshall, and editor and screenwriter Cushla Dillon.

The festival has a new major sponsor this year, Lightbox, which is offering a programme of shorts from previous festivals. For more immediate gratification, Lightbox also put some very tasty chocolate in the goodie bags for Wednesday’s programme launch at Auckland’s Academy.

Show Me Shorts runs in Auckland 12 – 25 November, Christchurch 19 – 25 November and Wellington 19 November – 2 December. The festival run closes in Whitianga on 10 January. The festival programme is available here.

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