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…
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Total length: 105 minutes
Rating: M Drug use & offensive language.
Films featured in this session:
Don vs Lightning
Comedy, 13 mins, United Kingdom
Dir: Big Red Button
All Don wants is a quiet life in the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately the universe has other plans.
Drama, 20 mins, Sudan/Qatar
Dir/Writ/Prod: Suzannah Mirghani
In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future.
El tamaño de las cosas (The Size of Things)
Fantasy, 12 mins, Colombia
Dir/Writ: Carlos Felipe Montoya
Prod: Isabel Cristina Vásquez
Diego lives with his father in a house without furniture. One day Diego finds a chair deep in the woods but his father makes him return it. The next day Diego tries again to find it but he and the chair have changed.
Comedy, 11 mins, Netherlands
Dir/Writ: Victoria Warmerdam
Freek returns to his family home to help pack up. He is reunited with his imaginary friend from the past, who is looking for closure.
Landline - The Phoenix Foundation
Music Video, 4 mins, New Zealand
Dir/Writ/Prod: Ezra Simons
Espionage and intrigue follow a giant phone and an oversized ear around a south coast Wellington dream-scape.
Drama, 16 mins, New Zealand
Dir/Writ: Rachel Ross
An estranged father and daughter, both with life-altering illnesses, smoke marijuana together for the first time and it becomes healing in more ways than one.
The Last Ferry From Grass Island
Drama, 14 mins, United States/Hong Kong
Dir/Writ: Linhan Zhang
Prod: Clifford Miu
A hitman retires to become a fisherman on the peaceful Grass Island in Hong Kong. One day, his Chinese apprentice shows up, tasked to kill him before the last ferry departs.
Comedy, 16 mins, New Zealand
Dir/Prod: Isaac Bell
Writ: Matt Kelleher
Prod: Lissandra Leite
Max is a small boy with a big imagination and a loyal co-pilot of a dad. But when Dad gets a new girlfriend, Max must find a way to confront this new menace before she steals his dad forever.