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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.

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)

7.1/10
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)

7.2/10
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

Grass Roots (2004)

8.6/10

Deep within the "Grass Roots" of New Zealand film culture can be found a rare breed: the Kiwi short film. Here a celebration of emergent Kiwi film-mak... Read more

Halo Legends (2010)

6.7/10
Director: Shinji Aramaki, Hideki Futamura

This sweeping science-fiction saga delves into the rich Halo universe with seven exciting stories (told in eight parts) focused on Master Chief's myst... Read more

Halo Legends ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

6.7/10
Director: Shinji Aramaki, Hideki Futamura

This sweeping science-fiction saga delves into the rich Halo universe with seven exciting stories (told in eight parts) focused on Master Chief's myst... Read more

Hardware Wars (1978)

7/10
Director: Ernie Fossellus

Follow the adventures of Fluke Starbucker, Arty Deco, Ham Salad and the rest of the Red Eye Knights in this spectacle that was light years ahead of it... Read more

In the Land of the Owl Turds (1987)

7.3/10
Director: Harrod Blank
Starring: Harrod Blank, Kevin Ratliff, Darcy Campbell

A humourous, surrealistic fiction film by Harrod Blank (son of famed documentarian Les Blank): Roland drives a dada art gallery on wheels and attracts... Read more

Jane Campion: Three Short Films (1984)

Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Elias Ibrahim, Gabrielle Shornegg, Tim Pye

These three highly accomplished prize winning short films prefigure the thematics and style of her features such as 'Sweetie' and 'An Angel at My Tabl... Read more

Kenneth Anger Magick Lantern Cycle Vol. 3 (1965)

Director: Kenneth Anger
Starring: Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza, Yvonne Marquis

Containing; 'KUSTOM KAR KOMMANDOS' - A young man strokes his customized car with a powder puff... 'PUCE MOMENT' - A lavishly coloured evocation of the... Read more