Festival – New Zealand Shorts

This collection, from around Aotearoa / New Zealand, explores the diversity of our unique culture. The five films were all finalists for the Best NZ Short Award, which qualified the winner for Oscar consideration.

Tā Moko – Behind the Tattooed Face
Directed by Mick Andrews, Dave Atkinson
Bernard and Sapphire are passionate about seeking a positive future for their community. They tell their stories of pain and hope as they demonstrate their commitment by receiving moko.

The Breath Connection
Directed by Aliscia Young
A portrait of free-diver Kathryn Nevatt, New Zealand record holder and former World Champion. The film reflects Kathryn’s philosophy and gives insight into the mind of a free-diver.

The Breath Connection received a Special Mention in the NZ Short category at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.

Directed by Steph Miller
Four seemingly unrelated individuals share their most personal stories. As director Miller dissects the confronting subject matter, she reveals the connection that links the film’s subjects to one another, and to us.

Humans won Best NZ Short at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.

The Rocky Bay Store
Directed by Eileen Lee
A mysterious event changes the small seaside community of Rocky Bay on Waiheke Island, uncovering ugly truths that lie beneath its idyllic surface.

Tripe Club
Directed by Beth Phillips
Longstanding President Robin Hunter is adored for his devotion to the club, and his eccentricity. Celebrate fellowship, belonging and tripe in this heart-warming tale of the weird and wonderful.

Some of the films’ directors will present New Zealand Shorts
and take part in Q&A sessions at the following screenings:

Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre | 2 June | 10:00 AM
Auckland Art Gallery | Auditorium | 8 June | 12:30 PM
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre | 9 June | 12:00 PM

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Session Time

Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre
Sun 2 Jun
10:00 AM
Auckland Art Gallery | Auditorium
Sat 8 Jun
12:30 PM
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre
Sun 9 Jun
12:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Fri 21 Jun
04:45 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Sun 23 Jun
12:15 PM
73 min