Uni Shorts has rolled out its first speaker announcement for its third edition, delivering a strong line-up of writers, directors and producers with a strong track record in low-budget filmmaking.
Three filmmakers from various NZFC-supported schemes will present: Sophie Henderson (Fantail, Escalator), Dean Hewison (How To Meet Girls From a Distance, Make My Movie) and the downlowconcept’s Jarrod Holt (48HOURS).
Sima Urale (Apron Strings and presently head of Wellington’s Film School), Michael Bennett (Matariki, The Factory Story) and David White (co-producer Shihad: Beautiful Machine, director of doco short I Kill) are also named in the starting line-up. More speakers will be confirmed in the lead-up to the event.
Uni Shorts was founded in 2012 by film students at Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts Department who lamented the lack of opportunities and platforms to screen student film work in New Zealand. Since its inception, Uni Shorts has grown in profile internationally with nearly 200 short films made by New Zealand and international students, entered in undergrad and postgrad fiction, documentary, animation, non-narrative and secondary schools categories, for this year’s festival.
Uni Shorts chair Alex Lee said, “The purpose of Uni Shorts is to provide a forum for student filmmakers, media teachers and tertiary teachers to discuss and to mentor student filmmakers.”
This year’s edition attracted a record number of entries. The festival announced its finalist selections in early July.
Uni Shorts runs 12 – 14 September at Unitec, Auckland. Earlybird pricing runs until 15 August.