Help give the year’s best New Zealand short films the homegrown recognition they deserve by voting for your favourite at this screening. New Zealand short films strike well above their weight, competing at Festivals around the world. This year for the first time they compete at the NZIFF. Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 109 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which filmmaker Roger Donaldson selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winners of the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3000 Friends of the Civic Award. The winner of the Audience vote takes away 25% of the box office from the Festival screening. Roger’s comments on each film appear in italics.
“All films show a very high standard of cinematography and production values. I am really impressed by the quality of the acting. New Zealand is obviously creating a large pool of very talented people to draw on. I feel honoured to be part of the process of helping choose the final programme.” — Roger Donaldson
NZ 2012. Director: Campbell Hooper Producers: Heather Lee, Amber Easby Screenplay: Matthew Harris Festivals: Tribeca 2012. 9 mins
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.
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Zia Mandviwalla Producers: Chelsea Winstanley, Matt Noonan Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2012. 14 mins
An airport cleaner has reason to keep to herself. I love this story – it feels so real and packs a real wallop.
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Sam Kelly Producer: Tom Hern Festivals: Berlin 2012. 15 mins
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.
NZ 2012. Director: Thomas Gleeson Producers: Thomas Gleeson, Pip Walls. 11 mins
We watch a house take a road trip. A beautifully photographed minimalist documentary.
Milk & Honey
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Marina Alofagia McCartney Producers: Angela Hicks, Marina Alofagia McCartney. 14 mins
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.
Ellen Is Leaving
NZ 2012. Director: Michelle Savill Producers: Michelle Savill, Desray Armstrong Screenplay: Martha Hardy-Ward. 15 mins
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.