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The Christchurch Short Film Festival & Community Screening

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Canterbury Shorts: A Film Festival & Community Screening 2016
22 Feb 2016
National, Canterbury
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Screen & Sound


The inaugural Canterbury Shorts: A Film Festival is a boutique short film festival that will be a creative expression of optimism, helping to shift the local conversation from earthquakes and tension to a celebration of Christchurch and Canterbury. It will be a non-competition/non-judged film festival and community screening.

The festival will showcase a curated collection of short films set in Canterbury that are spirited, uplifting, unexpected and engaging. Emerging and established filmmakers will be showcased and given the opportunity to screen their work side-by-side. The festival will be free to the public. Koha donations will be paid forward to the local filmmaking community.

The festival will be held for one evening at an outdoor cinema in Christchurch in early April 2016, with a second evening screening in October 2016. Submissions and enquiries can be made directly to Brindi at: until 22 February 2016. Submission is free.

The Festival will include a Q & A session with filmmakers, special events and more.

How to apply

Submissions and criteria

Films are accepted in the following New Zealand category:

  • Short (up to 25 minutes).

The film does not require a Canterbury production team but must be set in Canterbury. If your short film is selected it will be screened twice at The Commons in 2016 and will possibly be screened further around Christchurch depending on the opportunities that arise.

Films can be any genre so long as they adhere to the overall theme of the Festival: creative expression of optimism set in/around Canterbury.

Films previously broadcast, commissioned for broadcast or available online will be considered. The filmmaker must have the sole and exclusive ownership of all rights in the New Zealand territory related to the submitted film. See full General Festival Rules.

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A Christchurch Short Film Festival

13 Dec 2015