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For this year’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition, NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 83 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which filmmaker Gaylene Preston selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winner of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize, while a $3,000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award will be awarded by donors, the Wallace Foundation and Wallace Media Ltd, to the film or contributor to a film they deem to merit special recognition. The winner of the audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the box office from the main-centre NZIFF screenings. Gaylene’s comments on each film appear in italics.
A doctor abides by her Hippocratic oath even when violent gangsters interrupt her surgery. Female power rendered extreme by a director successfully stretching her muscles in every direction.
A frustrated mum struggles to find intimacy while raising a young family. A real woman's sexy adventure elevating domestic life and putting the poems of Hone Tuwhare in a place not usually found!
A farmboy is inspired to stand-up to his overbearing father. In the classic NZ rural tradition marked by excellent performances.
A woman pitches a tent on the edge of a forest and starts to collect men. A most satisfying piece of wry feminist myth making that makes me want to see a lot more from this director.
Two boys wait outside a dairy for a phone call. An outstanding student film set in a harsh world so rarely presented with such charm married with a sharp aesthetic eye for raw truth.
A teenage misfit starts a band only to lose control to the school bully. I cannot believe this director was not born in 1975! A tribute to high school bands, the Gordons and what elevation from dorkhood a guitar can accomplish.