Matakana Cinemas host short film festival


A failed actor works as a living statue in Christchurch in Working Class.

Matakana Cinemas will participate in New Zealand’s largest international short film festival, screening films from October 15 to 23.

The 2020 Show Me Shorts Film Festival is the biggest ever, featuring 75 films and three music videos.

Films that will be shown in the Matakana screenings include Love Lines – films that reflect the deep desire for human connection; Whanau Friendly – films suitable for the whole family; and The Sampler – films from New Zealand and around the world that showcase what Show Me Shorts is all about.

The Sampler comprises six films: Ashmina (15 mins, UK/Nepal) – a 13 year old Nepalese girl makes ends meet by packing parachutes; Money Honey (10 mins, NZ) – two hustlers hope to find enough money to buy an epic sandwich; Working Class (10 mins, NZ) – a failed actor works as a living statue in Cathedral Square, Christchurch; David (12 mins, US) – a depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session; Super Comfort (15 mins, Finland) – a woman prepares for a much-anticipated visit from her adult son and girlfriend; Mezze Stagioni (10 mins, Italy) – a couple getting ready for a ceremony find themselves travelling in time; Frankie Jean and the Morning Star (17 mins, NZ) – a little girl obsessed with rugby delivers a vital lesson to a depressed teenager.       

New Zealand audiences will be the first in the world to see many of the films in the line-up, including Working Class, directed by Kyan Krumdieck and Frankie Jean, and the Morning Star, written and directed by Hannah Marshall.

Festival director Gina Dellabarca says in a time of great upheaval, as a pandemic rages around the world, people need the magic of cinema to distract and entertain them, to connect them with others and take them places they can’t travel to right now.

“These films have been selected very much with those ideas in mind,” she says.

Info and bookings: showmeshorts.co.nz/programme/matakana


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