New Zealand short film Cold Snap has been selected to screen in the 2013 Venice Film Festival.
Founded in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is the world's oldest film festival and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious in terms of showcasing international auteur cinema.
Cold Snap will screen in competition alongside short films from around the globe in the festival's Orizzonti section, which highlights up-and-coming filmmakers.
Directed by Leo Woodhead, written by Woodhead and Paul Stanley Ward and produced by Rebekah Kelly, Cold Snap is the story of a boy piecing the world together through the lens of his simple philosophy on life and death.
The selection marks Leo Woodhead's second outing at Venice, with his first short film Cargo screening in the 64th Venice Film Festival. It went on to be selected for acclaimed festivals Telluride, Melbourne and Tribeca.
Cold Snap was funded through the New Zealand Film Commission's Premiere Shorts programme, and was executive produced by Vicky Pope and Rob Sarkies.
The 70th Venice International Film Festival takes place from 28 August - 7 September.