Help give the year’s best New Zealand short films the homegrown recognition they deserve by voting for your favourite.
A jury of three will select the winner of the $4,000 Creative New Zealand Jury Prize, while the winner of an online audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the online box office from this year’s screenings.
New Zealand's Best 2020
78 minutes | In English and Te reo Māori, with English subtitles | Censors rating tbc
- Daddy's Girl (Kōtiro) (12 minutes)
Te Puhi shares kai with her father when the harsh reality of his dementia forces her to face a painful truth.
- Safety Net (12 minutes)
Cheeky 12-year-old Terry is taken into emergency care when his mother is arrested and finds an unlikely connection with one of his guardians.
- Daniel (19 minutes)
A young novice at an isolated convent is confronted with the sudden desire to explore her sexuality when she meets the mysterious Daniel.
- Love is Real! (13 minutes)
Feuding couple Jamie and Millie are brought back together with the help of their AI home-assistant Ada and a musical extravaganza.
- Oranges & Lemons (13 minutes)
Bullied at school and ignored at home, a young girl finds her voice in the strangest place in this evocative and atmospheric film set in a balmy 70s summer in rural New Zealand.
- Pain (9 minutes)
A young girl’s adoration of her father is dented when an indoor cricket mishap exposes his vulnerability.
- Online Premiere:
Sun 26 Jul, 6:00pm. Tickets on sale from 10 Jul.
- Online Rental:
Mon 27 Jul, 10:00am until Sat 1 Aug, 11:00pm. Tickets on sale from 10 Jul.
- In Cinema Screenings:
Sat 25 Jul, 1:15pm ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (Filmmaker Q&A)
Sat 25 Jul, 4:00pm Regent, Dunedin*
Sun 26 Jul, 12:15pm Rialto, Tauranga*
Sun 26 Jul, 1:45pm SBS St James Theatre, Gore*
Sun 26 Jul, 2:00pm Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth*
Sun 26 Jul, 3:00pm, Roxy Cinema, Wellington*
Sun 26 Jul, 5:50pm The Capitol Cinema, Auckland*
Sun 2 Aug, 2:00pm Monterey Cinemas Takapuna, Auckland*
Mon 3 Aug, 8:15pm Lumière Cinemas, Christchurch*
* Tickets on sale from individual cinemas
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