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Uni Shorts names 2016 finalists

The Unitec-hosted Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival has named 25 finalists for its 2016 edition.

For those who like to plan ahead, the Post-Graduate Film category is the one to enter next year, as only two finalists were named for this year. One of those is Hash Perambalam’s Not Like Her (pictured, top), a finalist at Show Me Shorts last year and winner of last year’s NZCS Allen Guilford Cinematography Award, presented to the cinematographer of a finalist film in the NZIFF NZ’s Best competition. Grant McKinnon won for Not Like Her.

Another local title that’s already a winner elsewhere is named a finalist in the Secondary School comeptition. Hunter Williams’ Nvader won the Connected Media Sustainable Future Award and was named the Body Shop Standout Winner at last year’s Outlook for Someday awards ceremony.

All up, 10 NZ films are named among the 25 finalists, five of them in the NZ-only secondary school category.

Organisers expect to confirm the October date for this year’s Uni Shorts very soon.

The 2016 finalists are:

Animation
re/belief, Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA,
Natural Attraction, Marc Zimmermann, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Horizon, Eel With It, Media Design School, New Zealand
Warm Snow, Christin Baumgarten, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Germany

Experimental
Disillusion, Qian Zhao, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
Sophie’s World, Hao Bi, University of Auckland , New Zealand
Terpsichore, Ken Clark, Canterbury University, New Zealand
Man in the Cinema House, Bernard Jay Mercado, University of the Philippines Film Institute, the Philippines

Documentary
LaValla, Sasha Folker, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Keeping Balance, Bernard Wegner, Filmacademy Vienna, Germany
The Rate’s Cut, Pico Nicolas, ECAM, Spain
Fragments of Our Memory, Ajinkya Kulthe/N. Wakhloo, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Com, India

Undergraduate Fiction
Lookout, Noa Gusakov, Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Israel
Neverland Now, Georg Pelzer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
Razor, Alexey Beliakov, Russian State University of Cinematography, Russia
Generation Girl, Megan Baker, Sydney Film School, Australia
Shadowboxer, Jannis Lenz, Filmacademy Vienna, Germany
Jasmin and Jerome, Paloma Schneideman, Unitec Performing & Screen Arts, New Zealand

Postgraduate Fiction
Not Like Her, Hash Perambalam, University of Auckland, New Zealand,
Probation, Thomas Eggel, Hamburg Media School, Germany,

New Zealand Secondary School
Accompanied, CJ Puna, Kapiti College
Two, Rawiri Takinui, Aorere College
Connected, Amazir Aknine, Christ’s College
Nvader, Hunter Williams, St Kentigern College
I found you, Nathaniel Castro, Newlands College

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