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Here are the Nominees for the Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2017 Awards

The nominees for the Show Me Shorts Film Festival awards 2017 have been unveiled. The winners will be announced at the Auckland Opening Night & Awards Ceremony, on Saturday 28 October at The Civic.

There are 16 short films nominated for awards from Aotearoa and across the world.

The World in Your Window by writer/director Zoe McIntosh is the most-nominated film, competing in six award categories. Also from New Zealand, Roseanne Liang’s Do No Harm and Becs Arahanga’s Laundry have each been nominated for four awards. Writer/director Phil Brough’s Fire in Cardboard City and Motel by Lauren Porteous are each nominated for three awards.

Two Canadian films from the Québec Focus section of the programme have been nominated for Best International Film – Vaysha, L’Aveugle (Blind Vaysha) and Mon Dernier Éte (My Last Summer). The others are Wave from Academy Award winning Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary, and Downside Up from Belgium.


NZ On Air Best Music Video

Poor Sailors Arts Collective – Renters – Lake South
Craig Murray, Lauren Watling & Jess Rose – Little Things – Miller Yule
THUNDERLIPS & Candlelit Pictures – Turtles – LarzRanda

NZFC Best Student Film

Amberley Jo Aumua & Dr Vanessa Byrnes – Waiting
Aaron Wright & Jack Niederer – Little Big Bang

Panavision Best Cinematographer

Marty Williams – The World in Your Window
Jason Antoni Crane – Motel
Andrew McGeorge – Do No Harm

Toi Whakaari Best Actor

David Lolofakangalo Rounds – The World in Your Window
Marion Prebble – Baby?
Chris Hobbs – Zinzan

Final Draft Best Screenplay

Rosanne Liang – Do No Harm
Becs Arahanga – Laundry
Lauren Porteous – Motel
Zoe McIntosh & Costa Botes – The World in Your Window

DEGNZ Best Editor

Phil Brough – Fire in Cardboard City
Tom Eagles – Do No Harm
Luke Evans – Laundry
Annie Collins – The World in Your Window

DEGNZ Best Director

Rosanne Liang – Do No Harm
Becs Arahanga – Laundry
Phil Brough – Fire in Cardboard City
Zoe McIntosh – The World in Your Window

Best International Film

Théodore Ushev & Marc Bertrand – Vaysha, L’Aveugle (Blind Vaysha) – Canada
Paul-Claude Demers & Étienne Hansez – Mon Dernier Éte (My Last Summer) – Canada
Peter Ghesquiere, Hendrik Verthe, Kobe Van Steenberghe & Frank Van Passel – Downside Up – Belgium
Rebecca Bourke, Benjamin Cleary & TJ O’Grady-Peyton – Wave – Ireland

Best New Zealand Film

Julian Arahanga & Becs Arahanga – Laundry
Lauren Porteous – Motel
Orlando Stewart, Matt Heath, Phil Brough – Fire in Cardboard City
Hamish Mortland & Zoe McIntosh – The World in Your Window


In addition to the awards listed above, the Showtools Special Jury Prize will be presented on the night. Audience members can vote for the WatchMe People’s Choice Award during the festival, by going to showmeshorts.co.nz. The winner will be announced in early December.

Show Me Shorts is an Oscar-accredited film festival, meaning the winners of the top two awards, Best New Zealand Film and Best International Film, will become qualified to enter the Academy Awards. Other prizes include $9,500 cash, $10,000 worth of camera gear rental from Panavision, $5,000 of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, copies of Final Draft writing software, membership to DEGNZ, wine from Opawa wines, flowers from Enchanted Rose, certificates and limited edition engraved bronze winners’ badges. The total prize pool is valued at around $30,000.

The jury panel assembled for the 2017 Show Me Shorts awards included highly regarded screen industry practitioners: award winning journalist Miriama Kamo; well-known actor Rachel House; experienced cinematographer Ian McCarroll; successful filmmaker Yamin Tun; and head programmer Mélissa Bouchard from REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival in Canada.

The judges commented: “The standard of the films overall was very high. There are a lot of local filmmakers that are making impressive work. It was a privilege to watch the shorts and take part in the process.”

There are 55 short films in the Show Me Shorts Film Festival programme. The films will screen at 26 cinemas nationwide from Kaitaia to Stewart Island. Screening dates and locations for Show Me Shorts are available here.

In addition, Show Me Shorts also puts on Masterclass and Short Film Talk sessions. See below:


Show Me Shorts Screening & Masterclass 

Join us for a screening of 9 The Movie, by Canadian writer/director Stéphane E. Roy and stay for his Masterclass.

Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

When: Sun 29 Oct at 1pm

Show Me Shorts Auckland Short Film Talk 

This event will be moderated by Rebekah Ngatae, with Stuart Foreman, Alexandre Dostie and Lauren Jackson as speakers.

Where: The Kingslander

When:Tue 31 Oct at 7pm.

$10 cash at the door.

Show Me Shorts Wellington Short Film Talk

This event will be moderated by Rebekah Ngatae, with Becs Arahanga, Dave Whitehead and Ariane Louis-Seize in attendance as speakers.

Where: The Embassy

When: Sun 12 Nov at 1pm.