Eleven
Eleven
Cold Snap
Cold Snap
Over the Moon
Over the Moon

New Zealand’s Best 2014 

Aotearoa

Help give the year’s best New Zealand short films the homegrown recognition they deserve by voting for your favourite at this screening.

Aug 05

Suter Cinema

In Your Wishlist
In English
75 minutes
M (content may disturb, offensive language)

For our third New Zealand’s Best short film competition, NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 115 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which filmmaker Andrew Adamson selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winners of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3,000 Friends of the Civic Award. A separate jury appointed by the New Zealand Cinematographers Society will present the inaugural Allen Guilford Cinematography Award of $2,000 and an engraved pan glass. The winner of the audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the box office from the NZIFF screenings. Andrew’s comments on each film appear below.

Eleven 2013

13 minutes

Producer/Screenplay

Kate Prior

Festivals

Berlin 2014

A beautifully painful story of peer pressure and betrayal. Well shot and well acted by the young cast, it’s a very moving story that takes one back to the difficult years of childhood.

U.F.O. 2014

16 minutes

Director

Screenplay

Gregory King

Producer

Mhairead Connor

A unique take on a child escaping his surroundings. Good use of makeup and effects sets you up for a turn from the surreal to the tragically real. In the bleak New Zealand tradition the film is affecting and stays with you.

School Night 2014

13 minutes

Directors

Screenplay

Leon Wadham
,
Eli Kent

Producers

Leon Wadham
,
Eli Kent
,
Tim Nuttall

Hayley Sproull’s performance is perfectly subtle as a sympathetically insecure young woman caught between youth and premature aging. A very complete and satisfying narrative that is rare in the short film format.

Over the Moon 2013

7 minutes

Director

Producers

James Cunningham
,
Andrew Beattie
,
Oliver Hilbert

Screenplay

Karl Wills
,
Timothy Kidd
,
James Cunningham

A witty and imaginative take on the ‘battle of the sexes’. Cunningham has made great use of technology and whimsical production design to create a fun but pointed commentary on one of the many testosterone heavy occupations.

Cold Snap 2013

11 minutes

Director

Producer

Rebekah Kelly

Screenplay

Leo Woodhead
,
Paul Stanley Ward

Festivals

Venice 2013

A well structured, beautifully shot, narrative... It leaves the audience contemplating life, death and pain – and how confusing such things can be for a child dealing with death every day.

Ross & Beth 2014

15 minutes

Director

Screenplay

Hamish Bennett

Producer

Orlando Stewart

A well crafted character study of aging rural New Zealand. Lovely subtle performances paint a sweet, sad and gentle story rooted in relatable characters.