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Show Me Shorts 2017 Awards Nominees

Media Release: Thursday 19 October 2017


The nominees for the Show Me Shorts Film Festival awards 2017 have been unveiled. The winners will be announced at the Auckland Opening Night & Awards Ceremony, on Saturday 28 October at The Civic.

There are 16 short films nominated for awards from Aotearoa and across the world.

The World in Your Window by writer/director Zoe McIntosh is the most-nominated film, competing in six award categories. Also from New Zealand, Roseanne Liang's Do No Harm and Becs Arahanga's Laundry have each been nominated for four awards. Writer/director Phil Brough's Fire in Cardboard City and Motel by Lauren Porteous are each nominated for three awards.

Two Canadian films from the Québec Focus section of the programme have been nominated for Best International Film - Vaysha, L’Aveugle (Blind Vaysha) and Mon Dernier Éte (My Last Summer). The others areWave from Academy Award winning Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary, and Downside Up from Belgium.

NZ On Air Best Music Video
• Poor Sailors Arts Collective – Renters – Lake South
• Craig Murray, Lauren Watling & Jess Rose – Little Things – Miller Yule
• THUNDERLIPS & Candlelit Pictures – Turtles - LarzRanda

NZFC Best Student Film
• Amberley Jo Aumua & Dr Vanessa Byrnes – Waiting
• Aaron Wright & Jack Niederer – Little Big Bang

Panavision Best Cinematographer
• Marty Williams – The World in Your Window
• Jason Antoni Crane – Motel
• Andrew McGeorge – Do No Harm

Toi Whakaari Best Actor
• David Lolofakangalo Rounds – The World in Your Window
• Marion Prebble – Baby?
• Chris Hobbs – Zinzan

Final Draft Best Screenplay
• Rosanne Liang – Do No Harm
• Becs Arahanga – Laundry
• Lauren Porteous – Motel
• Zoe McIntosh & Costa Botes – The World in Your Window

DEGNZ Best Editor
• Phil Brough – Fire in Cardboard City
• Tom Eagles – Do No Harm
• Luke Evans – Laundry
• Annie Collins – The World in Your Window

DEGNZ Best Director
• Rosanne Liang – Do No Harm
• Becs Arahanga – Laundry
• Phil Brough – Fire in Cardboard City
• Zoe McIntosh – The World in Your Window

Best International Film
• Théodore Ushev & Marc Bertrand – Vaysha, L’Aveugle (Blind Vaysha) – Canada
• Paul-Claude Demers & Étienne Hansez – Mon Dernier Éte (My Last Summer) – Canada
• Peter Ghesquiere, Hendrik Verthe, Kobe Van Steenberghe & Frank Van Passel – Downside Up – Belgium
• Rebecca Bourke, Benjamin Cleary & TJ O'Grady-Peyton – Wave – Ireland

Best New Zealand Film
• Julian Arahanga & Becs Arahanga - Laundry
• Lauren Porteous – Motel
• Orlando Stewart, Matt Heath, Phil Brough – Fire in Cardboard City
• Hamish Mortland & Zoe McIntosh – The World in Your Window

In addition to the awards listed above, the Showtools Special Jury Prize will be presented on the night. Audience members can vote for the WatchMe People’s Choice Award during the festival, by going The winner will be announced in early December.

Show Me Shorts is an Oscar-accredited film festival, meaning the winners of the top two awards, Best New Zealand Film and Best International Film, will become qualified to enter the Academy Awards. Other prizes include $9,500 cash, $10,000 worth of camera gear rental from Panavision, $5,000 of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, copies of Final Draft writing software, membership to DEGNZ, wine from Opawa wines, flowers from Enchanted Rose, certificates and limited edition engraved bronze winners’ badges. The total prize pool is valued at around $30,000.

The jury panel assembled for the 2017 Show Me Shorts awards included highly regarded screen industry practitioners: award winning journalist Miriama Kamo; well-known actor Rachel House; experienced cinematographer Ian McCarroll; successful filmmaker Yamin Tun; and head programmer Mélissa Bouchard from REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival in Canada.

The judges commented: “The standard of the films overall was very high. There are a lot of local filmmakers that are making impressive work. It was a privilege to watch the shorts and take part in the process.”

There are 55 short films in the Show Me Shorts Film Festival programme. The films will screen at 26 cinemas nationwide from Kaitaia to Stewart Island. Screening dates and locations for Show Me Shorts are available here.

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