Tits on a Bull
Tits on a Bull
Madam Black
Madam Black
Not Like Her
Not Like Her

Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

New Zealand’s Best 2015 

Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by guest selector Christine Jeffs, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 75 entries.

In English
82 minutes
content that may disturb, offensive language, violence

For our fourth New Zealand’s Best short film competition, NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 75 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which filmmaker Christine Jeffs selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winners of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3,000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award. A separate jury appointed by the New Zealand Cinematographers Society will present the Allen Guilford Cinematography Award of $2,000 and an engraved pan glass. The winner of the Audience Choice Award takes away 25 percent of the box office from the NZIFF screenings. Christine’s comments on each film appear in italics.

Tits on a Bull 2015

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Piripi Curtis
,
Lara Northcroft

Photography

Richard Curtis
16 minutes

The star player of a Māori women’s rugby team must choose between loyalty to her coach and love for her teammate. The narrative skilfully takes us to the heart of the relationships. Realistic and full of feeling. Refreshing.

Not Like Her 2015

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Lucy Stonex
,
Brendan Donovan

Photography

Grant Mckinnon
14 minutes

A rebellious teenager is forced to spend the day with her estranged mother when she is suspended from school. Edgy performances with perfect moments of solitude. Understated with intensity. Could have seen more.

Ow What! 2015

Director, Producer, Screenplay

Photography

Grant Mckinnon
15 minutes

Te Mauri dreams of following in his absent rugby-playing father’s footsteps and finds encouragement from an unusual source. A charming story with surprising power. A memorable performance from Timoti Tiakiwai which places us firmly in his world. Funny and poignant all at once.

The Tide Keeper 2014

Director, Producer, Screenplay

Photography

Ben Montgomery, Chris Pryor

Festivals

Melbourne, Vancouver 2014
10 minutes

An old seaman dreams the ocean into his bed. Gloriously filmed, powerful and provocative, with strength of vision and clarity of tone that resonates beautifully with feeling.

Feeder 2015

Director

Producer

Mhairead Connor

Screenplay

Guy McDouall

Photography

Simon Baumfield
16 minutes

A down-on-his-luck musician finds inspiration when he moves into a creepy derelict flat, but success comes at a cost... Dark narrative with a twist. Surprises keep coming to the end.

Madam Black 2014

Director, Producer

Screenplay

Matthew Harris

Photography

Andrew Stroud
11 minutes

An errant photographer must concoct an elaborate story when he runs over a beloved pet. The tricky situations we get ourselves into. Sweet and quirky tale which abounds with charm and humour.