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Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2019

12 - 16 October 2019 @ 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.

Estonian Short Film Night

Saturday 12 October @ 6.30pm

Show Me Shorts, in association with the New Zealand Estonian Culture Group (Uus Meremaa Eesti Selts), present an evening of Estonian short films. Join us to celebrate the cinema of Estonia with this vibrant collection curated by Peter Murmaa from the Estonian Short Film Center.

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Doc Station

Saturday 12 October @ 4.30pm
Thursday 17 October @ 6.30pm

Watch this collection of the best new short documentaries from all over the world. Join us for the world premiere of a Kiwi documentary shot in Antarctica. Observe the beautiful banality on board a cruise ship. Take part in a festival celebrating crawfish. Experience a Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Observe the mayhem that ensues when a new traffic separation device is installed in Sweden. Sometimes the best and most incredible stories are true stories – about real-life adventures, inspiring characters, places we wish to visit!

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Freaky Futures

Saturday 12 October @ 8.30
Thursday 17 October @ 4.30pm

Imagine our future. Is it apocalyptic or other-worldly? What technologies await us? Science fiction and dystopian short films populate this section of the programme. Spaceships and parallel worlds. A love-lorn robot, and another who is training to be a chef. Dire futures where the air is poison or authoritarian regimes insidiously broadcast propaganda. A train that runs endlessly into the unknown. The only thing that is certain is that nothing is.

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My Generation

Sunday 13 October @ 2.30pm
Wednesday 16 October @ 4.30pm

Short films are great for kids! This section of the programme is suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. Join the Pony Express! Take a trip into outer space. Go on an epic adventure with a community of mice. Overcome oppression with the power of dance. Take life lessons from a flying kite and an angry snowman. Discover how difference can be a superpower. Learn how to shine in life, even if the part you’re given in the school play is as a background tree!

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Love & Other Catastrophes

Sunday 13 October @ 6.30pm
Friday 18 October @ 4.30pm

Dating disasters, tales of grand gestures and love gone wrong make the best stories. We all want to live vicariously through someone else’s adventures. We can empathise with characters who love big and take emotional risks. The films in this collection take us on some hilarious dates or explore the awkward aftermath. These are the kinds of experiences that will shape us as adult humans.

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Better Work Stories

Monday 14 October @ 4.30pm
Friday 18 October @ 8.30pm

Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. So they say. It’s easier said than done, though! The people in these short films have interesting workplaces, or they liven things up by doing unusual things on the job: a recalcitrant cam-girl, two brothers who run a paintball shooting range, a chef who cooks last meals for inmates on death row, and a family of drug dealers. Throw in a little office romance, a derailed audition, and a court case for a dramatic ride. Sounds like an exciting day at the office!

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Unconventional Families

Monday 14 October @ 6.30pm
Friday 18 October @ 8.30pm

What would we do without our brothers and sisters? The ties that bind us together are not always blood related, but it doesn’t make them any less strong. The stories collected here reveal a wide variety of types of whānau. We showcase this year’s Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film, ‘Skin’, alongside short films from Aotearoa and around the globe that remind us of the importance of family.

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Wellington Film Talk

Tuesday 15 October @ 6.30pm

Interested in learning more about short film-making? Hear from three top filmmakers as they each screen one of their films and discuss how they made it, in a facilitated Q&A. A range of topics are covered, 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.

 -Walk a Mile – Kiwi writer/director Judith Cowley will walk us through the steps she took in making her film.

-ヒゲとレインコート (Beard and Raincoat) – Japanese writer/director Kimi Yawata will discuss her short and what inspired her to make a story about someone with a beard fetish.

-Tony the Tiny Pony – Kapiti coast director Ned Wenlock creates award-winning animations with a unique style. He talks about his process.

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The Sampler

Tuesday 15 October @ 4.30pm
Saturday 19 October @ 4.30pm

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 lost camel, a stolen moon buggy, a history lesson, a hijacked car, and a reluctant gnome. Well-known local actors Alison Bruce, Miriama McDowell and Jeffrey Thomas feature in the films, along with singer-songwriter Finn Andrews and Hollywood players Jason Schwartzman and Jake Johnson.

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Japanese Focus

Wednesday 16 October @ 6.15pm
Sunday 20 October @ 6.30pm

The seven short films in this collection explore the lives of modern Japanese. What are their concerns, fears, hopes and dreams? We delve into a variety of topics with animated goats, a comedic search for coins, an obsession with beards, a comic book come to life, a twisted fairy tale, and a documentary about sumo-wrestling women. The movies demonstrate a wide breadth of new film making talent in Japan’s creative sector.

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Book a Film

  • Petone
  • Cuba
  • Pauatahanui
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Ride Like A Girl
  • Midsommar
  • Judy
  • Zombieland: Double Tap
  • Photograph
  • Capital in the 21st Century
  • Yuli
  • Joker
  • Florianopolis Dream
  • Maiden
  • Downton Abbey
  • Camino Skies
  • Woman at War
  • André Rieu: 70 Years Young
  • Show Me Shorts - Japanese Focus
  • Show Me Shorts - The Sampler
  • EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : Van Gogh & Japan
  • NT Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • NT Live: Fleabag
  • NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy
  • NT Live: Small Island
  • NT Live: All My Sons
  • Shepherd
  • Met Opera: Maria Stuarda
  • Met Opera: Tosca
  • Met Opera: Der Fliegende Hollander
  • Met Opera: Agrippina
  • Met Opera: Porgy and Bess
  • Met Opera: Wozzeck
  • Met Opera: Akhnaten
  • Met Opera: Madama Butterfly
  • Met Opera: Manon
  • Met Opera: Turandot
  • Please select a location and film
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