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Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2021

09 - 20 October at Light House Cuba

 

Show Me Shorts is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. Show Me Shorts are a competitive Academy Awards-accredited festival that exists to connect New Zealanders with short films and share New Zealand short films with the world.


Each year their experienced programming team curates a selection of the best short films and music videos from thousands of submissions that come in from around the world. 

Diversity is at the heart of their programming strategy. The selection of films each year covers a wide range of themes and subjects, including horror, drama, animation, comedy, documentary and everything in between. The stories in their short films offer audience members the chance to escape into new worlds, learn more about ourselves and connect with others. They prioritise well-crafted narrative-style films with strong audience appeal, as well as films that are making their premiere in our festival.

FESTIVAL TRAILER

SHORT FILM TALK

Monday 11 October @ 6.00pm

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

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AUSTRALIAN FOCUS

Saturday 09 October - 3.45pm 
Thursday 14 October - 8.30pm

We have a lot in common with our neighbours across the ditch. We also have many things that divide us and make us distinct. Australia is a country that includes one of the oldest cultures in the World, as well as a rapidly evolving global face. The stories here illustrate the richness and diversity of this vast land. Explore Aboriginal insights and meditations, rural folk battling the force of climate change, along with a fugitive refugee and a funny little take on Covid playdates. 

Ayaan (Drama, 17 mins, Australia) 
Bama (Community) (Documentary, 5 mins, Australia) 
Pools (Drama, 16 mins, Australia) 
Lifeblood (Animation, 20 mins, Australia) 
Two Sands (Drama, 7 mins, Australia) 
Djuwaḻpada (Documentary, 14 mins, Australia) 
Giants (Drama, 15 mins, Australia)

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CROSSED WIRES

Saturday 09 October - 8.00pm **SOLD OUT**
Sunday 17 October - 3.30pm 
Monday 18 October - 6.00pm  

Sometimes it pays to hold our assumptions lightly, lest we step off the ledge of misunderstanding, into the great unknown. These stories illustrate friendships put to the test, a dystopian medical misadventure, a hilarious depiction of design by committee and a fascinating tale of what actually happened in one NYC building that morning of 9/11 twenty years ago. Beware of your preconceptions, all is definitely not what it seems. 

Song for Serbia (Drama, 9 mins, New Zealand) 
Hysteria (Thriller, 7 mins,  Finland) 
Frimas (Thriller, 20 mins, Canada) 
Votamos (Time to Vote) (Drama, 14 mins, Spain)
Shower Boys (Drama, 9 mins, Sweden) 
Strangers - Ha the Unclear (Music Video, 4 mins, New Zealand) 
Free Fall (Drama, 20 mins, France)
A Hole (Comedy, 12 mins, New Zealand) 

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WHANAU FRIENDLY

Sunday 10 October - 2.00pm **SOLD OUT**
Thursday 14 October - 1.45pm 
Saturday 16 October - 4.15pm 

Children love short films! Let the magic of cinema inspire and fire their imaginations! This collection of films is suitable for the whole family. Journey with a space traveller to a desolate dwarf planet. Follow a young Kiwi girl who shows milk kindness. Meet otters, kererū and pīwakawaka and find out how a dog and his human companion work together aboard a space station! There is something for everyone, with films sure to bring a sparkle to your child’s eyes. 

Best for 7–12 years.

Blush (Animation, 11 mins, United States) 
Miro Wine (Animation, 4 mins, New Zealand) 
Milk (Drama, 5 mins, New Zealand) 
Dans la Nature (In Nature) (Animation, 5 mins, Switzerland) 
Fetch (Animation, 18 mins, New Zealand) 
La Source des Montagnes (The Source of the Mountains) (Animation, 7 mins, France)
Je suis un Caillou (I am a Pebble) (Animation, 7 mins, France) 
Straight Outta Covid (Comedy, 3 mins, Australia)

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THE SAMPLER

Sunday 10 October - 5.45pm **SOLD OUT**
Saturday 16 October - 8.00pm 
Wednesday 20 October - 6.00pm 

Sit back and enjoy some of the best and most vibrant short films from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. This collection provides a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all about. Witness magical Colombian furniture, vicious Scottish lightning and village edicts from a powerful Sudanese matriarch. Fly a starship with your dad, or just chill with him and your imaginary friend. Just try to avoid the hitman...

Don vs Lightning (Comedy, 13 mins, United Kingdom) 
Al-Sit (Drama, 20 mins, Sudan/Qatar) 
El tamaño de las cosas (The Size of Things) (Fantasy, 12 mins, Colombia) 
Snorrie (Mustachio) (Comedy, 11 mins, Netherlands) 
Landline - The Phoenix Foundation (Music Video, 4  mins, New Zealand) 
Green (Drama, 16 mins, New Zealand) 
The Last Ferry From Grass Island (Drama, 14 mins, United States/Hong Kong) 
Space Invader (Comedy, 16 mins, New Zealand) 

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IDENTITY CRISIS

Tuesday 12 October - 3.45pm
Friday 15 October - 3.45pm 
Sunday 17 October - 5.45pm 

It’s safe to say the entire world is going through a modern identity crisis. Identities shift like the wind. They make us take a good look in the mirror or, sometimes, into the cosmos. The films here challenge our ideas of normalcy and depict our longing for societal acceptance, often in contrast to accepted traditions and culture. Why can’t we all just get along, you may ask? 

小天 (Little Sky) (Drama, 14 mins, Canada/US) 
Matua (Drama, 20 mins, New Zealand) 
Titan (Drama, 19 mins, Belgium) 
جیغ زدن در تهران ممنوع (Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran) (Drama, 18 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran) 
New Day - Gino October (Music Video, 5  mins, New Zealand)
Aysha (Drama, 14 mins, Germany) 
June (Fantasy, 15 mins, New Zealand)

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LOVE & CHAOS

Wednesday 13 October - 6.00pm 
Friday 15 October - 8.00pm 
Tuesday 19 October - 3.45pm 

The short films collected here reflect our deep desire for human connection. Sometimes this comes at a heavy cost, and sometimes things simply go awry. Whatever the outcome, we delve deeply as we join with others and seek to touch another’s heart. The stories here include cautionary tales of Stockholm Syndrome, K-Pop love dreams, betrayal and longing. These characters are all searching for love, whether they know it or not. 

Motvind (Headwind) (Comedy, 13 mins, Norway) 
عاشق و دریا (Lover and the Sea) (Drama, 8 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran) 
Heart To Heart (Thriller, 14 mins, New Zealand)
Sixteen (Drama, 12 mins, New Zealand) 
Andy y las Demás (Andy and the Other Women) (Drama, 17 mins, Spain) 
My Mother's Girlfriend (Drama, 15 mins, India)
Love is a Hand Grenade (Drama, 13 mins, United Kingdom)
My Ex Boyfriend (Animation, 3 mins, Sweden) 

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