We've heard about the first features to play at this year's NZ International Film Festival and now the six short films selected as finalists in the inaugural NZIFF New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition have been announced.
Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 109 submissions to prepare the shortlist which was then pared down to six by Guest Selector and international filmmaker Roger Donaldson.
The finalists are:
Director: Campbell Hooper
With several minutes before he hits the ground, a falling man reflects on his past and his immediate future.
“Great photography. Very original framing and concept.” - Roger Donaldson
Ellen Is Leaving
Director: Michelle Savill
Ellen is cool. She is recycling stuff before she heads overseas.
“I love how original it feels. The details of the travel pack put a real smile on my face. ” - Roger Donaldson
Director: Thomas Gleeson
We watch a house take a road trip.
“A beautifully photographed minimalist documentary.” - Roger Donaldson
Director/Screenplay: Sam Kelly
“Really captures a tough uncompromising world in a very compelling way. I loved the central character’s heroism. It reminded me of Once Were Warriors in the best possible way.” – Roger Donaldson
Milk & Honey
Director/Screenplay: Marina Alofagia McCartney
This brief drama recalls the notorious dawn raids on Pasifika families.
“I lived in Ponsonby in the 70s and remember the events portrayed in this film. Very poignant.” – Roger Donaldson
Director/Screenplay: Zia Mandviwalla
An airport cleaner has reason to keep to herself.
“I love this story – it feels so real and packs a real wallop.” – Roger Donaldson
There's more than the kudos of making the cut for these filmmakers though, with audiences being asked to rate all six and the winner of the Audience vote in Auckland and Wellington taking away 25% of the box office from the Festival screenings. A jury of three will also select the winners of the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3000 Friends of the Civic Award.