Screened as part of NZIFF 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.