WIFTers in the NZIFF shorts selection!

Posted Tuesday 28 Sep 2021

WIFTers in the NZIFF shorts selection!

Congratulations to Sharlene George, Kath Akuhata-Brown and Evie Mackay whose shorts have been selected for competition in the NZIFF New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition.

Chosen by this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival guest selector, award-winning actress and filmmaker Kerry Fox, the six films will compete for three major cash prizes: a Jury Prize of $5000 for Best Short Film, the Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award of $4000 recognising a fresh voice; filmmaking that gives life to stories of those less often represented in film, or that speaks to new or existing audiences in different ways, and the Auckland Live Spirit of The Civic Award prize of $4000. 

Here's a bit about our members' films:


Director/Screenplay: Kath Akuhata-Brown

Eight-year-old Hine and her father still mourn the passing of her mother, but one day while her father works, Hine devises a plan to wash away her father’s sadness.

Hot Mother 

Producer: Evie Mackay

Inspired by a true story, a vacationing mother and daughter bicker and avoid connection at an idyllic hot spring retreat until an unfortunate accident occurs.


Producer: Sharlene George

Fourteen-year-old Matt takes his dad’s yellow Datsun for one last wild joyride with his best buddy and kid brother in tow.

Image: a still from Washday