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Event: Show Me Shorts Film Festival – Oct 2023

Show Me Shorts Film Festival launches in cinemas nationwide this October. This will be the 18th edition of New Zealand’s largest and most important short film festival. More than 100 screenings will take place in 35+ venues nationwide, presenting 86 short films from Aotearoa and around the world.

Opening Night celebrations will take place in Auckland on 6 October, Christchurch on 11 October and Wellington on 12 October.

Highlight films include 7 Minutes directed by Ricky Gervais with his trademark awkwardness; the powerful directorial debut of British actor Simon Woods (Pride & Prejudice) with Such a Lovely Day; and the directorial debut of New Zealand actor Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows) with a quirky story about aging and faith – Proof starring David Fane and Morgana O’Reilly.

The country of focus this year is the Republic of Indonesia. There will be two Indonesian Focus collections of short films screening, two visiting filmmakers – Amelia Hapsari and Muhammad Heri Fadli – who will present their films and speak about their work. A programmer from Minikino Film Week, Bali International Short Film Festival – Fransiska Prihadi – will speak at events and sit on the Show Me Shorts national short film awards jury.
Eleven world premieres will take place during the festival, where many local and international filmmakers will be present to introduce their films for the first time: StellaUltraveloci (Italy), The Lost Courier (China), ProofJust Kidding, I Actually Love YouMinistry of JingleGood LuckStag HuntButtons and DumplingsMalapan and Spook (Norway).

Show Me Shorts Film Festival will take place in the following locations during 6-30 October 2023: 
Whangārei, Auckland (Avondale / Central / Devonport / Northcote / Great Barrier Island / Matakana / Titirangi / Waiheke Island),  Thames, Hamilton, Katikati, Tauranga, Ōpōtiki, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Ōtaki, Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Tākaka, Christchurch, Akaroa, Selwyn, Alexandra, Arrowtown, Dunedin and Invercargill.



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