The roots of the short film genre lie deep in cinematic history itself. The earliest examples of motion pictures were short films. The first shows of the brothers Lumiere were merely a few minutes long. It took several years until the multi-reel film and later the full-length film took over. Now days short films are usually shown on dedicated short-film festivals rather than prior to features. They are popular as first steps into the cinematic art among young filmmakers. As well, short film making is growing in popularity among users outside the traditional short film scene who are taking advantage of broadband Internet connections and affordable equipment such as "prosumer" or semi-professional cameras. Below are some of the short films of Kiwi film makers who have managed to get some exposure for their work. An Internatiomnal Short Film Festival may be accessed via the "Special Interest" feature.