NZIFF’s best local short films are now available online


Those who missed some of Aotearoa’s best short films this year will get another chance to watch them from the comfort of their own homes.

It’s been a tough year for film festival fans living in the cancelled regions of Auckland and Waikato. Fortunately, in a superb turn of events, everyone in Aotearoa can experience the country’s best short films selected for this year’s Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival.

The first of the two collections, New Zealand’s Best 2021, comprises six short films selected by actor and filmmaker Kerry Fox. The competition saw 117 submissions from filmmakers across the country, which was then dwindled down to a shortlist of 12 for Fox.

You can find out more about the films in New Zealand’s Best 2021 from their filmmakers here, see who won here, and rent the collection here.

The second collection, Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts, showcases the works of top Māori and Pasifika filmmakers curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival.

You can find out more about the films in Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts from their filmmakers here and rent the collection here.

NZIFF features from local filmmakers also re-emerge with Jan Oliver Lucks’ There is No ‘I’ in Threesome now streaming on Neon. Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog makes its way to screens big and small next week (find out where and when) while Peter Brook Bell’s biographical doco Mark Hunt: The Fight of His Life preps for its nationwide theatrical release December 9.