Show Me Shorts
October 28-November 5
A girl sees the future out of one eye and the past out of the other ( Blind Vaysha); her visions flit across the screen as gorgeous wood-cut animations. A Jewish butcher finds himself out of work and poses as a Muslim in order to get a job preparing halal meat cuts. A lonely woman insists on sharing her birthday cake with the young mother next door, and makes a terrible discovery. In a world where everyone has Down syndrome, a boy is born with “one chromosome too few”, and the people around him try to be understanding about this terrible disability ( Downside Up).
Short films have for a long time been a proving ground for New Zealand’s emerging film-makers, but the Show Me Shorts festival’s Academy Awards accreditation draws entries from all over the world. There are 55 shorts in this year’s line-up; the festival divides them into themed programmes of half a dozen or so.
I can’t overstate how much I love this festival. It exists purely because a few amateur enthusiasts decided there was a need for it and went from zero to international fixture in under a decade, and every year it justifies my faith in it. Imagine a gallery where every window looks out on a different imagined world, and you stroll from window to window, seeing the impossible, the hilarious and the heart-breaking. Take an evening and give one of this year’s programmes a try, or go all-in and see the lot.