Show Me Shorts Film Festival

Show Me Shorts Film Festival kicked off last night at Auckland’s Civic Theatre with a glamorous pink-carpet awards bash.

The top award went to Julia Parnell and Matthew Saville for their fantasy drama through the looking glass, Dive. This film is now eligible for entry into the 2016 Academy Awards®. Saville also took home the Final Draft Best Screenplay Award for Dive.

The judges said “Matthew Saville’s Dive is sweet­-souled, sharp­-witted and powerfully moving. It takes a simple idea and explores it with intelligence and excellent technique, and the results are not simple at all. Dive goes deep. It took our breath away.”

The festival runs until 23 November.

Full list of award winners

Best Film Award: Julia Parnell and Matthew Saville, Dive

Best International Film Award: Marcel Barelli, Vigia (Lookout)

DEGNZ Best Director Award: Hamish Bennett, Ross & Beth

StarNow Best Actor Award: Jackie van Beek, Uphill

Final Draft Best Screenplay Award: Matthew Saville, Dive

Panavision Best Cinematographer Award: Ginny Loane, Helmut Makes a Quilt

Best Editor Award: Annie Collins, Eleven

Best Music Video: Alix Whittaker and THUNDERLIPS, Glare by Sheep, Dog & Wolf

NZFC Special Jury Prize: Paul Neason and Steffen Kreft, Queenie

Student Film, Notable Mention: Yarden Elyashiv, Bars and Tone

Wendy’s People’s Choice Award: Announced in December when audience votes are counted.