New Zealand’s premier international short film festival, Show Me Shorts, has announced the nominees for their 2018 awards last week. The winners were announced at the Auckland Opening Night and Awards Ceremony on Saturday 6 October at The Civic and are highlighted below.
There are 16 short films nominated for awards, from Aotearoa and across the world. The Brother directed by Summer Agnew is the most-nominated film, competing in four award categories. Tim Worrall’s Meke is nominated for four awards across three categories, with both Temuera Morison and Eds Eramiha competing for the Toi Whakaari Best Actor award.
Four films are nominated for the Oscar-accredited Department of Post Best NZ Film award category: Alex Lovell, Eldon Booth, Ian Leaupepe & Samson Rambo for My Friend Michael Jones; Dan Higgins, Matt Noonan, Stephan Fruth & Summer Agnew for The Brother; Piripi Curtis & Lara Northcroft for Meke ; Rob Linkhorn, Pete Circuitt & Dan Brown for Twenty One Points.
Three films are nominated for the SAE Best International Film award - La Boite (The Box) from France, Min Börda (The Burden) from Sweden and Wren Boys from the UK. All of these films are strong competitors that have won numerous awards around the world.
Panavision Best Cinematographer
- Alun Bollinger for Run Rabbit
Ian McCarroll for The Brother
- Simeon Duncombe for Toilet
Toi Whakaari Best Actor
- Eds Eramiha for Meke
- Josh Thomson for Twenty One Points
- Temuera Morrison for Meke
Villa Junior Lemanu for My Friend Michael Jones
Final Draft Best Screenplay
Eldon Booth, Ian Leaupepe & Samson Rambo for My Friend Michael Jones
- Pete Circuitt & Steve Best for Twenty One Points
- Tim Worrall for Meke
NZ on Air Best Music Video
Alexander Gandar & Kate Moses for Laugh it Off - Chelsea Jade
- Eddy Fifield for Cloud Nine - Madly
- Kelly Gilbride for Wallace Line - Ha the Unclear
- Piotr Kwasnik & Alex Hargreaves for Kai Tangata – Alien Weaponry
DEGNZ Best Editor
- Ben Powdrell for Stranger
Betsy Bauer for Cleaver
- Luke Haigh for The Brother
DEGNZ Best Director
- Nicky Cameron for One Day
- Jonathan Watt & Kieran Charnock for Stranger
Summer Agnew for The Brother
SAE Best International Film
- Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey, Joran Rivet & ESMA School for La Boite (The Box) - France
- Kalle Wettre & Niki Lindroth von Bahr for Min Börda (The Burden) - Sweden
Sorcha Bacon & Harry Lighton for Wren Boys - UK
Department of Post Best NZ Film
Alex Lovell, Eldon Booth, Ian Leaupepe & Samson Rambo for My Friend Michael Jones
- Dan Higgins, Matt Noonan, Stephan Fruth & Summer Agnew for The Brother
- Piripi Curtis & Lara Northcroft for Meke
- Rob Linkhorn, Pete Circuitt & Dan Brown for Twenty One Points
In addition to the awards listed above, the NZFC Special Jury Prize was presented on the night to Simeon Duncombe for production design of Toilet.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.
Audience members can vote for the Calibrate Legal / Patrick McGrath Barrister People’s Choice Award during the festival, by going to showmeshorts.co.nz. The winner will be announced after the festival.
Show Me Shorts is an Oscar-accredited film festival, meaning the winners of the top two awards, Department of Post Best New Zealand Film and SAE Best International Film, will become qualified to enter the Academy Awards. Other prizes include $10,000 cash, $12,000 worth of camera gear rental from Panavision, $5,000 of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, copies of Final Draft writing software, membership to DEGNZ, flowers from Enchanted Rose, certificates and limited edition engraved bronze winners’ badges. The total prize pool is valued at more than $40,000.
The jury panel assembled for the 2018 Show Me Shorts awards includes highly regarded screen industry practitioners: actor/comedian Rhys Darby; broadcaster Carol Hirschfield; filmmaker Phil Brough; Film Producer from Sesame Workshop, Kimberley Wright; programmer Opal H. Bennett (Aspen ShortsFest, Athena, Nantucket, Tribeca, etc.); and Andrew Cornwell, former head of Sony Pictures NZ.
Kimberley Wright commented, “So many important issues and relevant topics were addressed in these very thought provoking films! I truly experienced a range of emotions while screening these amazing shorts. I laughed, I cried and I was at the edge of my seat numerous times! What an array of talented actors and actresses – and some truly stellar performances. Many of the films left me wanting more in some way, and clearly have the making of features. I enjoyed so many of them that it made the decision making that much tougher! Great job and congratulations to all the nominees!”
There are 50 short films and four music videos in the Show Me Shorts Film Festival programme. The films will screen at 28 cinemas nationwide from Kaitaia to Stewart Island.
Screening dates and locations for Show Me Shorts are available here.