Run Rabbit
Run Rabbit
Charmer
Charmer
Falling Up
Falling Up

New Zealand’s Best 2018 

Aotearoa

Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector Leon Narbey, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 84 entries.

Jul 28
Sold Out

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Jul 30

ASB Waterfront Theatre

In English
87 minutes
R16
violence, domestic violence, cruelty, offensive language & suicide

For this year’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition, NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden, Sandra Reid and Michael McDonnell viewed 84 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 from which director and cinematographer Leon Narbey selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winner of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the inaugural Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent award. The cash prize of $4,000 recognises a fresh voice: film-making that gives life to stories of those less often represented in film, or that speaks to new or existing audiences in different ways. A $4,000 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. Notes on each film provided by Leon Narbey.

Run Rabbit 2018

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Paula Boock

Photography

Alun Bollinger

Editor

Gretchen Petersen

With

Saman Tehrani
,
Ram Al Laham
19 minutes

A refugee boy in an alien landscape. A delicate work where reflections of war and family tragedy are triggered by everyday actions. Captured with a very real sense of place and an unhurried openness of storytelling.

Charmer 2018

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Olivia Shanks

Photography

Matt Henley

Editor

Paul Wedel

With

Robyn Malcolm
,
Stephen Lovatt
12 minutes

A dating couple’s first real encounter. Intimate and sensitive performances where sexuality, loneliness and age are covered in unhurried moments. Enhanced use of colour expresses the feelings of the situation.

No Shame 2018

Director

Producer

Alex Clark

Screenplay

Carl Shuker
,
Brendan Donovan. Based on the novel The Lazy Boys by Carl Shuker

Photography

Ian McCarroll

Editor

Chris Plummer

With

Kieran Charnock
13 minutes

Be warned, this is scary stuff. A young man returns home fractured by past relationships. Love and family cannot uncover his hurt. Close and intense performances edited with a clarity where you can almost smell the adrenaline.

Falling Up 2018

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Andrew Marshall

Photography

Raymond Edwards

Editor

Sarah Grohnert

With

Chelsie Preston Crayford
13 minutes

When a relationship collapses and the mother is trapped with the child, love and anguish are portrayed in an almost raw documentary way where all the emotional and telling details are present.

My Friend Michael Jones 2018

Producers

Alex Lovell
,
Eldon Booth

Screenplay

Eldon Booth
,
Ian Leaupepe
,
Samson Rambo

Photography

Ian McCarroll

Editors

Luke Haigh
,
Eldon Booth

With

Villa Junior Lemanu
,
Luciane Buchanan
15 minutes

Being different is difficult within a school where bullying and torment are the norm. Tight storytelling and great performances, with select camera coverage allowing the characters to work the frame.

Sail Away 2018

Producer

Ilai Amar

Screenplay

Tama Jarman

Photography

Matt Henley

Editor

Dione Chard

With

Tama Jarman
,
Jarod Rawiri
15 minutes

A young man dreams of escape into a childhood passion. Mad, funny and on the edge of the grotesque. A very stylish film with formal compositions adding to a theatrically absurdist cabaret quality.