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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.

Lotte Reiniger - The Fairy Tale Films (2009)

Director: Lotte Reiniger

Lotte Reiniger has the distinction of creating the very first feature animation, her enthralling The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), an epic silho... Read more

Lumiere and Company (1995)

7/10
Director: Constantin Costa-Gavras, David Lynch, James Ivory, John Boorman, Liv Ullmann, Sarah Moon, Spike Lee, Zhang Yimou

To mark the centenary of France's Lumiere Brothers' first motion pictures, 40 of the world's top directors were given an original Lumiere camera and a... Read more

Mad Love: Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) / After Death (1915) / The Dying Swan (1916)

5.3/10
Director: Evgenii Bauer

The films of Russian cinema pioneer Evgenii Bauer were thought to be lost until the dying days of the Soviet regime when 20 of his 80 films were recov... Read more

Martin Scorsese's Short Films (1978)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is generally acknowledged as the greatest American filmmaker of his generation. One of the first directors of the so-called Film Schoo... Read more

Mataku: Volume 1 (2002)

8.7/10
Starring: Temuera Morrison

Take a journey into the unique and mysterious world of the supernatural with 6 short dramas (13 in all over 2 volumes), presented by actor Temuera Mor... Read more

Mataku: Volume 2 (2002)

8.7/10
Starring: Temuera Morrison

Take a journey into the unique and mysterious world of the supernatural with these 7 short dramas presented by actor Temuera Morrison. Set in New Zeal... Read more

Maya Deren: Experimental Films (1943)

7.4/10
Director: Maya Deren
Starring: Maya Deren

The highly personal, innovatively told works of this seminal American avant-garde filmmaker have never failed to fascinate, and are now collected on o... Read more

Paddle to the Sea (1966)

8/10
Director: Bill Mason

Based on Holling C. Holling's beloved, Caldecott-awarded children's picture book, Bill Mason's stunning short film follows the adventures of a tiny, w... Read more

Paris Vu Par... ( aka Six in Paris ) (1965)

5.7/10
Director: Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Douchet, Jean Rouch, Jean-Daniel Pollet
Starring: Stephane Audran, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Pierre Andreani, Jean-Francois Chappey, Ba...

Six young guns from the French New Wave combined their talents for this entertaining and evocative anthology of shorts, set of course, in Paris. Jean... Read more

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)

7.3/10
Director: Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron, Gurinder Chadha, Gus Van Sant, Joel Coen, Oliver Schmitz, Olivier Assayas, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Wes Craven, Sylvain Chomet, etc , Gerard Depardieu
Starring: Leila Bekhti, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Sergio Castellitto, Willem Dafoe,...

A grand anthology of love letters to the city of romance from a stunningly varied array of international directors from the Coen Brothers to Alfonso C... Read more