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Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2020

08 - 21 October at Light House Cuba

 

Show Me Shorts is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. Show Me Shorts exists to connect New Zealanders with short films and share New Zealand short films with the world.


New Zealand audiences will be the first in the world to see many of the films in the 2020 line-up; nine short films will make their world premiere. They are Hāngī Pants directed by Jake Mokomoko (NZ), The Trick directed by Natalie Medlock and Harry McNaughton (NZ), Being There directed by Helen Komini Knudsen (Norway), Her Beneath Her directed by Connor Slattery and Samantha Crews (NZ), Foods for Coping directed by Zoey Zhao (NZ), As You Like directed by Maya Yadlin (Israel), Bambirak directed by Zamarin Wahdat (Germany), Working Class directed by Kyan Krumdieck (NZ), and Frankie Jean and the Morning Star, written and directed by Hannah Marshall (NZ).

Well-known international directors are not immune to the charm of the short film format, as demonstrated by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) showcasing his new short film Nimic (US) starring Matt Dillon.

Comedian/actor super-star Will Ferrell features in David (US), a comedy directed by Zach Woods that comes to New Zealand direct from Cannes. While New Zealand actor and star-on-the-rise Matt Whelan features in Daniel (NZ), an award-winning drama directed by Claire van Beek.

The 2020 films represent 24 different countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Iceland, Iran, Israel, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA, UK and Ukraine. A wide variety of genres, styles and topics are explored. These include comedy, documentary, fantasy, animation, drama, science fiction, horror and mockumentary.

Opening Night

THURSDAY 08 OCTOBER @ 6.30PM 

Tickets include a glass of wine!

Join us for a very special night out as we launch this year’s Show Me Shorts Film Festival in Wellington. We will be screening a highlights selection of short films, showcasing some of the best in this year’s programme. Celebrate short films and the people who make them! Meet local filmmakers and hear from the festival team as they introduce the night. Book early because this event will sell out. 

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SHORT FILM TALK

Tuesday 13 October @ 6.30pm

Find out more about short film making from three top filmmakers as they each screen a film and tell us how they made it.

A range of topics will be covered in this facilitated Q&A, such as: finding collaborators; funding and budgeting; script development; challenges for directors; post-production; and other tips for aspiring filmmakers. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve already made heaps of films or are just curious to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes

The filmmakers and films will be:

  • Director Bruno du Bois, Zealandia
  • Producer Libby Hakaraia, Aitu
  • Writer/Director Finnius Teppett, Democracy

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The Sampler

Sunday 11 October - 6.30pm 
Thursday 15 October - 4.30pm 
Sunday 18 October - 4.30pm 
Wednesday 21 October - 6.30pm 

Sit back and enjoy some of the best and most vibrant short films from New Zealand and around the world. This collection provides a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all about. The films feature a stroll through the streets of Naples, comedian Will Ferrell as a psychologist, paragliders in Nepal, a living statue, a couple of young hustlers, a rugby-mad little girl, and a boy who loves to dance.

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Love Lines

Friday 09 October - 8.30pm 
Wednesday 14 October - 4.30pm 
Tuesday 20 October - 6.30pm  

We are all powerfully connected through a web of heartstrings. The short films collected here reflect the deep desire for human connection. The stories unspool the threads that bind us to one another – sometimes stitched tightly, and other times they’ve come loose like the thread on a favourite jersey. These characters are seeking love, whether they know it or not.

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UK Focus

Wednesday 14 October - 6.30pm 
Saturday 17 October - 8.30pm 
Tuesday 20 October - 4.30pm 

This bold collection of top new short films from the United Kingdom has been curated in collaboration with the London Short Film Festival. The seven short films explore the lives of modern British – their concerns, fears, hopes and dreams. We delve into a variety of topics such as sex, love, family, displacement, drugs, dating and nights out on the town. The movies demonstrate a wide breadth of new filmmaking talent in the UK creative sector.

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Whanau Friendly

Friday 09 October - 4.30pm 
Sunday 11 October - 2.30pm 
Saturday 17 October - 4.30pm 

Children love short films! Introduce the small people in your life to the magic of cinema. This collection of films is suitable for the whole family. Take a wild ride on a tram that is off its tracks without brakes! Discover a meteorite that has crash-landed into Earth. Meet a magician who will teach us his magic tricks. Hop on a pirate ship in search of treasure. Learn the important art of making new friends. 

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Tangled Worlds

Tuesday 13 October - 4.30pm 
Sunday 18 October - 6.30pm 

We all exist in our own universe, but sometimes we are thrust into the worlds of others. We can become tangled in the lives and moralities of the people we meet along our path. The short films collected here take our characters into unexpected situations where they don’t know what to expect, what is real, or where home is any more.

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LET'S GET PHYSICAL

Saturday 10 October - 8.30pm 
Monday 12 October - 6.30pm 
Friday 16 October - 4.30pm 
Wednesday 21 October - 4.30pm 

We are made to move. The short films in this collection are vibrant – pulsating with the energy of music, dance and sporting prowess. The stories are populated with reluctant boxers, overly competitive tennis players, a much-loved dance teacher, several fabulous drag queens and some super-ripped Ukrainians pumping iron. Something for every taste.

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Food Fights

Saturday 10 October - 4.30pm 
Thursday 15 October - 6.30pm 
Monday 19 October - 2.30pm 

As in many cultures, mealtimes bring us together in Aotearoa. They are a time for sharing with our loved ones, but they can also be a source of tension, as these short films demonstrate. A fiery argument can start from something as simple as deciding where to eat out, or whose turn it is to buy cake decorations for the party.

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Moments of Truth

Monday 12 October - 4.30pm 
Friday 16 October - 8.30pm 
Monday 19 October - 6.30pm 

Short films invoke delicious moments of intensity. They have a lot to say within a small time frame. The stories in this collection are about characters who are at a crossroads in life. They have to make a tough decision about where to go from here. We stand with them on the precipice, facing our future and taking a bold step forward into unknown territory.

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