The line-up has been unveiled for Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2017, New Zealand’s premier international short film festival.
Show Me Shorts drew a record 2,000 submissions this year, which is great for submission fees but not so much for programmers. The selection of 55 films from 20 countries (including 20 or so Kiwi titles) suggests an awful lot of blood on the floor before the programme was confirmed.
The line-up 35 short films making their NZ debut, and five making their world premiere. These include Kiwi short film icon Grant Lahood’s comedy Sybil’s Psychic Hotline, roadside drama Motel by Lauren Porteous, Miryam Jacobi’s quirky bus-stop romance Do You Like Me Like This?, Baby? by Mark Prebble and Zinzan by Ben Walton.
Among the New Zealanders is Amberley Jo Aumua’s Waiting (pictured, top), selected for Toronto and winner of the NZIFF’s NZ’s Best competition.
There’s a Québec Focus in the Show Me Shorts programme, and the Canadian line-up includes Theodore Ushev’s Oscar-nominated animated short Vaysha, L’Aveugle (Blind Vaysha). The Canadian delegation includes two of the filmmakers, Arianne Louis-Seize and Alexandre Dostie, programmer Vanessa-Tatjana Beerli, cinematographer Shawn Pavlin, marketing strategist Max-Antoine Guérin, and writer/director Stéphane E. Roy.
Show Me Shorts’ growing international network sees a couple of South Korean titles are also in the mix, ahead of NZ a broader arrangement that will see NZ be the guest country at next year’s Busan International Short Film Festival, which screened a teaser programme of Show Me Shorts award winners this year. James Cunningham’s Accidents, Blunders and Calamities was joined in Korea by Dive, Home, Madam Black, Ross and Beth and Yamin Tun’s Wait.
Show Me Shorts is an Oscar-accredited film festival, meaning the winners of the top two awards, Best New Zealand Film and Best International Film, will become qualified to enter the Academy Awards.
10 prizes will be given out at the launch of the festival on Saturday 28 October at Auckland’s The Civic. Wellington Opening Night will follow on Thursday 9 November at The Embassy. Show Me Shorts travels to many centres.
The full programme info is available here.
The full list of NZ titles selected is:
Baby?, Mark Prebble
Do No Harm, Roseanne Liang
Do You Like Me Like This?, Miryam Jacobi
Each To Their Own, Maria Ines Manchego
Fire in Cardboard City, Phil Brough
Happy Birthday, Eddy Fifield
Laundry, Becs Arahanga
Little Big Bang, Jack Niederer
Maria, Jeremiah Tauamiti
Motel, Lauren Porteous
Possum, Dave Whitehead
Sybil’s Psychic Hotline, Grant Lahood
The Promise of Piha, Hanelle Harris
Tama, Jared Flitcroft, Jack O’Donnell
Tree, Lauren Jackson
Waiting, Amberley Jo Aumua
The World In Your Window, Zoe McIntosh
Zinzan, Ben Walton
Miller Yule’s Little Things, Craig Murray
Lake South’s Renters, Linsell Richards
LarzRanda’s Turtles, THUNDERLIPS