This year’s Show Me Shorts moves its opening night and awards bash to the Civic having sold out the Capitol two years running.
It’s a pretty big gamble as the stalls at the Civic holds over four times as many people as the Capitol but filmmaking is all about risk-taking. Festival Director Gina Dellabarca said, “We’re excited about the extra profile this will bring for the festival … Going to The Civic is always a total treat.”
The opening night event screens all winning films, Aucklanders’ only opportunity during the festival to see those titles in one go. Te Radar will return as MC.
Show Me Shorts is New Zealand only Academy Awards qualifying festival, with the Best Film winner at Show Me Shorts going forward for Oscar consideration. The winner of that honour last year, Joe Lonie (for Honk If You’re Horny) turns gamekeeper this year and is named one of the judges.
Joining Lonie on the judging panel are Fantail writer and lead Sophie Henderson, NZ Listener film critic David Larsen and actor Robyn Malcolm. Judges will determine the winners across 10 categories, including the newly-minted Music Video category.
Prizes in ten award categories will be presented at the event, and the winning films will
also screen. The judging panel is made up of experienced industry practitioners: , and filmmaker and musician Joe Lonie (2013 Best Film Award winner for Honk If You’re Horny).
The 47-title programme (including six MVs) will be announced on 15 October. Films play in six themed sessions: Time Travellers, Bromance, Art Will Save The World, Listen Up, My Generation and In The Neighbourhood.
Show Me Shorts opens its ninth edition 6 November at the Civic. The festival runs in 20 cinemas around the country until 23 November. Get tickets to the Opening Night event at The Civic here. Wellington has its opening night, also featuring a screening of the winning films, on 13 November at the Paramount.