With Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988 Video)

25 min | Short, Documentary

7.1
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A very informative documentary on the making of Peter Jackson's gore classic Bad Taste. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage, detailed explanations of the special effects, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Hiles | Stars: Peter Vere-Jones, Peter Jackson, Craig Smith, Dean Lawrie

Votes: 411

2. Turangawaewae (2002)

13 min | Drama, Short

8.1
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When one soldier dies, another takes his place. Wi Kuki Kaa delivers a poignant performance as a homeless man, confronting his memories of the Vietnam War. Screened at Critics' Week, Cannes Film Festival 2003.

Director: Peter Burger | Stars: Wi Kuki Kaa, Nancy Brunning, Sydney Larkins, Greg Matetaka

Votes: 29

3. The French Doors (2002)

13 min | Horror, Short

6.6
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A man installs a set of French doors during a renovation. What he doesn't know is that the doors harbour a secret. A dark secret...

Director: Steve Ayson | Stars: Brett Stewart, Andrew Kouacevich, Barnie Duncan, Neill Duncan

Votes: 230

4. Venus Blue (1998)

11 min | Short, Sci-Fi

5.1
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A strange woman wanders from town to town... Everyone she meets sees her in their own image of perfection. They cannot resist her, and she passes on to them a contagious virus which brings enlightenment.

Director: Gillian Ashurst | Stars: Asa Lindh, Betty Richards, Guy Ryan, Ueta Sitiene

Votes: 48

5. Cradle (I) (2016)

15 min | Short, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Eade is a fourteen year old girl who has spent her entire life in space on the spaceship Cradle. Eade and her dad are on the return journey to earth when an explosion cripples the craft and... See full summary »

Director: Damon Duncan | Stars: Jacqueline Joe, Matthew Sunderland, JJ Fong, Rachel House

Votes: 46

6. Out of Order (I) (2022)

6 min | Animation, Short

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Directors: Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans, Alex Leighton | Stars: Katija Luke, Tama Ihimaera Circuitt, Ela Kiyici, Jed Lindsay-Ola

7. Bitch (1995)

13 min | Comedy, Drama, Short

4.3
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Isabel recalls a trio of relationships: one with a man in the middle of discovering he is gay, one with a man who doesn't like the smell of Isabel's pet dog, and the one with her friend Ruth.

Director: Fiona Samuel | Stars: Joanne Simpson, Carol Smith, Peter Daube, Stuart McKenzie

Votes: 40

8. 43,000 Feet (2012)

9 min | Short, Drama

6.8
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When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43,000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes and 48 seconds before he hits the ground.

Director: Campbell Hooper | Star: Dylan Pharazyn

Votes: 105

9. Time is a Spider (1997)

30 min | Short

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Rummaging through the mementos falling out of her closet, Margaret remembers moments from her life and her marriage to George.

Director: George Rose | Stars: Beverly Cook, Jeanette Cook, George Rose

10. Opera in the Outback (1989 TV Special)

49 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Steve Latty | Stars: Kiri Te Kanawa, Bob Lott

11. Aphrodite's Farm (2008)

15 min | Short, Mystery

6.8
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Everyone in Taranaki (New Zealand) wants to know the secret behind the magical milk produced on Aphrodite's Farm. The family mystery has remained safe for four generations. However when ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Strange | Stars: Ashley Hawkes, Geneva Alexander-Masters, Cherie James, Merv Smith

Votes: 18

12. Cuckoo (V)

12 min | Short, Comedy | Post-production

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Arthur Bunt is obsessed by rules, structure and clocks. He wakes on time, dresses on time, pees on time. Until an unusual cuckoo clock throws his life into chaos when it won't go "cuckoo". ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Holmes | Stars: Cohen Holloway, Rodney Rounds

13. Shadow Cut (2018)

14 min | Short, Drama

9.0
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A restless young man approaches adulthood in rural New Zealand. He spends an afternoon with his best friend, struggling to confide his plans for the future.

Director: Lucy Suess | Stars: Matenga Ashby, Kyla Moffat, Troy Kingi, Tangaroa Pireroa

Votes: 17

14. Dead Letters (2006)

14 min | Short, Drama

7.0
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On the home front in World War 2 Wellington, New Zealand, a romance sparks amidst the piles of airgraphs destined for 'our boys' abroad.

Director: Paolo Rotondo | Stars: Yvette Reid, Gareth Reeves, Wickham Pack, Fraser Brown

Votes: 17

15. A Quiet Night (2000)

15 min | Short, Thriller

4.8
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Late one night, a taxi driver is hijacked. Caught in a struggle between money and murder, will he live to see another day?

Director: David Reid | Stars: Stephen Hall, Victor Rodger, Eryn Strachan, Pehi Tahu

Votes: 6

16. Ebony Society (2011)

12 min | Short, Drama

6.4
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Director: Tammy Davis | Stars: James Ru, Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson, Duane Evans Jr., Aaliyah Papata

Votes: 26

17. Rest Stop (2005)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

4.0
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On a cold and lonely night, a hapless driver stops to investigate an isolated rest stop. He finds himself caught in a series of deadly accidents.

Director: Roseanne Liang | Stars: Jochen FitzHerbert, Bruce Hopkins, Scott Wills

Votes: 10

18. Cowboys of Culture (1990 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Geoff Steven | Stars: Geoff Steven, Roger Horrocks, Bruno Lawrence, Alun Bollinger

19. A Moment Passing (1997)

6 min | Short

6.5
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A fisherman is swept into the sea by a freak wave. He desperately fights for his life only to find his apparent survival is not what it seems.

Director: Charlie De Salis | Stars: Michael Hurst, Mike Dwyer

Votes: 16

20. A Funeral (1998)

13 min | Short, Drama

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After her childhood friend dies, Susan returns to their hometown and considers the life she could have had.

Director: Dorthe Scheffmann | Stars: Mark Clare, Judy McIntosh, Dorothy McKegg, Mandy McMullin

21. Decaff (1995)

4 min | Animation, Short

7.1
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The Film Festival has a bug. The bug is called Decaff. He is short and has an even shorter fuse. He lives in a cinema world and has adventures in all genres. Decaff is the bad-tempered ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Page

Votes: 12


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