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.