Screened as part of NZIFF 2003
New Zealand short filmmakers work in an environment that often funds work to completion on video rather than film. (Selection for key international film festivals triggers the funding for the transfer to film.) The work on this programme ranges from homemade sleeper hits to Film Commission funded shorts. All are shown here on tape, pending the intervention of that off-shore festival programmer with a discriminating eye and a magic wand.
The story of Diego, a passionate man who misses his wife and homeland. When a perfect orange appears in his garden, anything could be possible – even miracles.
Who is Brent Hayward? Poet, prophet or poseur? Hayward himself, and associated others, tell it like it was, or at least, the bits they remember.
Priests, TV-addicts, teachers and messiahs – disparate people unified in celebration and lamentation of life.
Two eccentric misfits fall for their beautiful postie and go to bizarre lengths to win her heart. A comedy about love, friendship and a very unusual dog.
When a moment of insanity triggers life-changing consequences, there’s nothing else to do but savour a moment of malty brew.
In the stylized-50s parallel universe of Bubblegum Valley, young love is on the rocks. Will Blue ever be reunited with true-love Candy? A fantastical musical extravaganza!
Closing the gallery for the night, the curator notices something unsettling on the security monitor. When she rushes to investigate, she finds... nothing. A film about double takes and life imitating art.
An easy deal on sacred ground goes off-course in a night of treachery and wandering spirits. A quirky Kiwi yarn with a chilling twist.