Pain
Pain
Oranges & Lemons
Oranges & Lemons
Daniel
Daniel

New Zealand's Best 2020 

Premieres

Help give the year’s best New Zealand short films the homegrown recognition they deserve by voting for your favourite.

Jul 26
Premiere Ended
Jul 27
Ended
Aug 07
Ended
78 minutes
M
Offensive language, nudity & sexual themes

This film is screening in select cinemas and venues across the country. See here for details.

For this year’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition, Festival Director Marten Rabarts, Head of Programming Michael McDonnell, and Paris-based Programmer Sandra Reid viewed 78 submissions to make a shortlist of 12, from which renowned director Tusi Tamasese selected these six finalists. A jury of three will select the winners of the $4,000 Creative New Zealand Jury Prize and the $2,000 Madman Entertainment Emerging Talent Award, while the winner of an audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the online box office from this year’s screenings.

“Overall, these films illustrate and reveal a range of human experiences and emotions. They all had characters and stories I felt were different, unique and entrancing, and that I connected with because they explored aspects of humanity from interesting perspectives. From trapped minds and bodies to how people choose to live with the consequences of their choices, they deal with defining moments that weren’t always predictable.” — Tusi Tamasese

Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Tweedie Waititi

Co-producer

Te Rāhui August

Photography

Fred Renata

Editor

Annie Collins

With

William Davis
,
Ngapaki Moetara
12 minutes

Te Puhi shares kai with her father when the harsh reality of his dementia forces her to face a painful truth.

Safety Net 2020

Director

Producer

Naomi Just

Screenplay

Julian Larnach

Photography

Tania Lambert

Editor

Chris Plummer

With

Nikki Shiels, Steve Rodgers, William Best
12 minutes

Cheeky 12-year-old Terry is taken into emergency care when his mother is arrested and finds an unlikely connection with one of his guardians.

Daniel 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Alix Whittaker

Photography

Simon Baumfield

Editors

John Gilbert, Conan Mornard-Stott

With

Edith Poor, Matt Whelan, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Nancy Brunning
19 minutes

A young novice at an isolated convent is confronted with the sudden desire to explore her sexuality when she meets the mysterious Daniel.

Love Is Real! 2020

Director/Editor

Producer

Briar Collard

Screenplay

Natasha Lay, Calvin Sang

Photography

Stefan Coetzee

With

Sarah Nessia, Tyler Wilson Kokiri
13 minutes

Feuding couple Jamie and Millie are brought back together with the help of their AI home-assistant Ada and a musical extravaganza.

Oranges & Lemons 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Rory MacGillycuddy, Robyn Grace, Jarl Devine

Photography

John Cavill

Editor

Kerri Roggio

With

Skyler Sylvester, Saskia Shand, Olivia Mueller
13 minutes

Bullied at school and ignored at home, a young girl finds her voice in the strangest place in this evocative and atmospheric film set in a balmy 70s summer in rural New Zealand.

Pain 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Ilai Amar

Photography

Nina Wells

Editor

Brendon Chan

With

Eva Gardner
,
Wesley Dowdell
9 minutes

A young girl’s adoration of her father is dented when an indoor cricket mishap exposes his vulnerability.