Entries open for Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2016

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2016

Show Me Shorts Film Festival is now calling for local and international submissions to the 11th edition of this growing festival,which celebrates short films, music videos and the people who make them.

Show Me Shorts is an Oscar� qualifying festival, meaning the winner of the coveted Lightbox Best Film Award becomes eligible to enter the Academy Awards�.

Last year's top prize went to WIFT member Alyx Duncan for The Tide Keeper. Her film is now eligible to enter the 2017 Oscars�. Duncan also received $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, a membership to StarNow, a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software, a bottle of Opawa pinot noir and flowers from Enchanted Rose. The total prize pool provided by Show Me Shorts and their sponsors across ten award categoriesis valued at more than $25,000.

Short films entered into Show Me Shorts can be from New Zealand or anywhere in the world, but must be between 2-20 minutes long and made within the last two years. New Zealand music videos can also qualify for selection if they are between 1-10 minutes long.

Entry deadlines and fees for 2016 are:

? Earlybird Deadline: 15 April 2016 (shorts US$25 / music videos US$10)

? Regular Deadline: 15 May 2016 (shorts US$30 / music videos US$15)

? Late Deadline: 15 June 2016 (shorts US$35 / music videos US$20)

? Extended Deadline: 1 July 2016 (shorts US$40 / music videos US$25)

Join the short film conversation: www.facebook.com/showmeshorts / www.twitter.com/showmeshorts

One of the most popular shorts from the international selection of Show Me Shorts 2015, Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary, has been shortlisted for the Best Live Action Short Film award at the Oscars�this year.The award was won last year by another film that had previously featured in Show Me Shorts, The Phone Call. The Show Me Shorts community are awaiting the announcement of this year's winners on Monday 29 Feb (NZ time).

Full submission details for Show Me Shorts are available at www.showmeshorts.co.nz


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Salut! Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016 line-up

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2016

Celebrating 10 years of bringing the best of French cinema to New Zealand, the Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival unveiled the official film selection delivering the largest and most diverse selection of films to date. The 2016 programme features 37 titles, including a special section of films from the Cannes International Film Festival, Festival Patron Antonia Prebble's personal favourites and a number of international French-language productions.

"I am extremely proud and thrilled about our 2016 line-up," notes Festival Director S�bastien Donnadieu, "It illustrates our 10 year history. That of a daring, innovative, charming and inclusive event, for all ages and tastes".

The coveted Opening Night spot will see Julien Rappeneau's first feature  Rosalie Blum open the Festival in each city. The film will have its International Premi�re at the Wellington launch on February 17.

The section 'Le Festival de Cannes en Nouvelle-Z�lande' features the New Zealand premi�res of Palme D'Or winner Dheepan, the extraordinary  Valley of Love, starring Isabelle Huppert and G�rard Depardieu, Samuel Benchetrit's bewitching  Macadam Stories, Pascale Ferran's modern tale Bird People, and the poignant Mon Roi, which earned Emmanuelle Bercot the Best Actress Award at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival.

Other highlights include Eva Husson's directorial debut and TIFF sensation  Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), Piero Messina's The Wait, starring Juliette Binoche and Lou de La�ge (outstanding in last year's Breathe), and Michel Gondry's latest film,  Microbe & Gasoline.

Moving into new territory, the line-up will also feature two French television series in the 'TV Out of the Box' section. Helmed by a star-studded cast and produced by Studiocanal, The Last Panthers is a thrilling crime drama based on real events. Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan and John Hurt give affecting performances, and audiences will have a chance to see the first two episodes of season one during the Festival. Rounding out the section is the award-winning historical drama Un Village Fran�ais. Set in the small town of Villeneuve during the Second World War, the screening of the first two episodes of the series will be an unmissable event at the cinema.

The 2016 programme includes four titles which have been selected for the Festival's 2016 Education Outreach programme. Designed to engage, educate and inspire student audiences by exposing them to French language in context, the Education Outreach Programme encourages discussion in the classroom through comprehensive study guides, which are provided free of charge on the Festival website. For more information, visit  www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz/education-outreach/

The Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival will run from 17 February - 13 April 2016 in 12 cities across New Zealand and tickets are now on sale through Festival venues. For the full line-up, visit www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz