Show Me Shorts - Awards and more...

Posted Tuesday 07 Oct 2014

Show Me Shorts will take centre stage at The Civic for their Rialto Channel Opening Night & Awards Ceremony on 6 November.  As New Zealand's only Academy Awards� accredited film festival, it's fitting that they kick off their festival at Auckland's most majestic picture palace.

Tickets are now on sale here.

Judges for the awards include the uber-talented star of stage and screen, Robyn Malcolm.

It's time to save some dates because they've got events galore for you to attend, including the Short Film Talks presented by Yoobee, where a selection of filmmakers talk about their filmmaking process. The price is right too (FREE!).

2014 Short Film Talks:

Auckland: Tuesday 11th November 2014, Yoobee School of Design, Level 4, 3 City Road
Wellington: Monday 17th November 2014, Yoobee School of Design, Level 2, 20 Kent Tce.

Each event is followed by networking drinks and nibbles.

Find more information here.

And if you're looking for some great lunch-break reading and watching, one of our programmers, Kanna Yamasaki, has short films from early in the career of three famous filmmakers lined up for you in the Screening Room: Sofia Coppola, Christopher Nolan and Spike Jonze!

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Gender in Media - an international update

Posted Tuesday 07 Oct 2014

We are not alone - women throughout the film and television industry are questioning the gender imbalance and asking what we can do to fix it - read on....

First-ever global gender in film study finds women are ignored

(CBS News)

Only 23% of films globally had female protagonists from 2010 to 2013, and 31% of speaking characters were women, according to a global gender in film study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith, USC Annenberg. Just 8% of those films had female directors. Despite the popularity of female-led blockbusters like "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight," the Institute's research suggests that women have not advanced their influence in films since the 1940s. "So many people assume that we are done.... The percentage of female lead characters and speaking characters have yet to improve," said Davis. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles)(9/23), CBS News (9/23), USA Today (9/22), Time.com (9/22), Upworthy (9/23), Bloomberg BNA (free content) (9/22), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/24), The Huffington Post (9/24)

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DGA: Only 17% of episodic TV directors last season were female

The Women's Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America celebrated its 35th anniversary on Saturday, and put out a call to increase the number of women who work on television shows and in films. The DGA released a report last week that showed that just 17% of the 776 episodic TV directors in the 2013-2014 season were female. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (9/22)

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Study: Women are the minority in movies across the world
FiveThirtyEight (9/22)

Commentary: Why India needs powerful women in Bollywood, and beyond
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (9/23)