Short Film Festival

A collection of short films made around the world by a variety of directors. Many short films act as a starting point for new directors and some are regarded as classics in their own right. Many Kiwi shorts are featured here as well as anthology films with multiple directors ("Aria", "Tube Tales", "11'09"01 - September 11"). There are avant-garde films from Kenneth Anger and early works from Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion and Werner Herzog. In all a most interesting assemblage of this cinematic mini art form.

Dottie Gets Spanked (1994)

Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Evan Bonifant, Robert Pall, Julie Halston, Barbara Garrick

Writer/director Todd Haynes made this stylish, tender-hearted short between his critically acclaimed features 'Poison' and 'Safe', and the deeply pers... Read more

Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury / Book of Dragons (2011)

Director: Steve Hickner, Tom Owens
Starring: Craig Ferguson, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-...

The adventures begun in the hit DreamWorks Animation production "How to Train Your Dragon" continue with these two brand-new shorts! First, in "Gift O... Read more

DV8 Physical Theatre: The Cost of Living (2004)

Starring: Eddie Kay, David Toole, Vivien Wood, Tanja Liedtke

Trapped in a faded seaside town, street performers David and Eddie struggle to find work and romance. Their story is told through dance and dialogue.... Read more

Educational Archive: Social Engineering 101 (2003)

Discover how to fit in, keep clean, choose between right and wrong and behave yourself in the cafateria. Proper social etiquette is the recurring the... Read more

Erotique (1994)

Director: Clara Law, Lizzie Borden, Monika Treut, Ana Maria Magalhaes
Starring: Kamala Lopez-Dawson, Priscilla Barnes, Marianne Sagebrecht, Camilla Soeberg, Mic...

This erotic film compilation, told from the female perspective, features four separate vignettes by four award-winning international directors. Lizzie... Read more

Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)

Director: Blutch , Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire

Six of the world's most talented graphic artists and animators come together to breathe vivid life into their greatest nightmares in this animated hor... Read more

Four Rooms (1995)

Director: Alexandre Rockwell, Allison Anders, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Beals, Paul Calderon, Sammi Davis, Valeria...

Four directors - Quentin Tarantino, Alexandre Rockwell, Alison Anders and Robert Rodriguez - direct four short films, set in an LA hotel on New Year's... Read more

Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life ...and Other Strange Tales (1995)

Director: Don Scardino, Peter Capaldi, Richard D'Alessio, John D Allen
Starring: Richard E Grant, Phyllis Logan, Eileen McCallum, David Huband, Richard Waugh, Jo...

Leading off this collection of acclaimed short films is the 1995 Academy Award-winning "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life". Richard E Grant stars as... Read more

Genius Party (2007)

Director: Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Masaaki Yuasa, Shinichiro Watanabe

Seven all-star animators from Japan are given creative carte blanche in this anthology of shorts from Studio 4°C. Masaaki Yuasa explores an infant's f... Read more

Genius Party Beyond (2009)

Director: Koji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira, Tatsuyuki Tanaka

From the cutting edge anime production house STUDIO4ºC ('The Animatrix', 'Tekkonkinkreet') comes this collection of five new films from five anime hea... Read more