Show Me Shorts

Oc­to­ber 28-Novem­ber 5

Metro Magazine NZ - - Film - TEXT — DAVID LARSEN

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.

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