Short films vie for Oscars

Show Me Shorts joins Hollywood ranks

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 16:09 03/12/2012
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IN THE MIX: Kiwi short film Night Shift won this year's Show Me Shorts' top prize.

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Show Me Shorts winners will qualify for the Academy Awards.

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It just got a whole lot easier for Kiwi filmmakers to win an Oscar.

Local short film festival Show Me Shorts has been named the first New Zealand film festival to receive Academy Award accreditation.

Local filmmakers will no longer have to win an award at an international festival to gain entry to the Oscars, with the winner of the best film award at the Kiwi festival now qualifying for consideration in one of the Oscars short film categories.  

The first film to qualify for entry is Night Shift, which won the 2012 Show Me Shorts' top prize last month. However due to timing, the film will be entered into the 2014 Oscar race.

Night Shift writer and director Zia Mandviwalla said the opportunity was exciting news for all local filmmakers.

"While this opens a whole host of opportunities for Night Shift it also raises the profile of Show Me Shorts in local and international arenas, which is so well deserved given what a great festival this is! New Zealand short films are made to such an exceptionally high standard and it feels so fitting for us to now have a local short film festival that gives our pool of talented filmmakers a shot at the Academy Awards."

Festival director Gina Dellabarca said the confirmation amid strict guidelines and criteria from the academy marks a milestone for the festival.

"This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the high standard of films in our programme, and professionalism of Show Me Shorts. 

"It is not only a boost to the local film industry, but will help us continue to source top international short films for local audiences."

The seventh annual festival, which screens in cinemas every November, has wrapped up for the year, but Aucklanders can watch short films from previous years at Silo Cinema at Wynyard Quarter every Friday night.

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