Screening with ‘The Human Scale’ at NZIFF


We are delighted to confirm screenings of The Mobile Meat Processing Unit at the NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Auckland and Wellington. It has been paired with the internationally acclaimed documentary The Human Scale:

“Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities for 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.”

This is a timely documentary as we begin to rebuild our city of Christchurch. Parts of this film were also filmed here – see clip from the film. We are proud to be presenting our short animation prior to the screening of this documentary.



Sunday 28 July, 1.00pm The Civic
Monday 29 July, 10.45am The Civic
Wednesday 31 July, 6.00pm Lido Cinema
Sunday 4 August, 6.15pm The Bridgeway


Monday 29 July, 6.15pm Penthouse Cinema
Tuesday 30 July, 1.30pm Penthouse Cinema
Sunday 4 August 11.00am Embassy Theatre
Monday 5 August 6.15pm Embassy Theatre

NB: More screenings to come!


Shortlisted for the NZIFF NZ’s Best Short Film Competition

We’re pleased to announce that The Mobile Meat Processing Unit has been chosen as one of 12 shortlisted films for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s ‘New Zealand’s Best’ short film competition. International filmmaker Alison Maclean has been confirmed as selector for this competition. Alison, based in New York, directed the classic short film Kitchen Sink ~ one of the most frequently screened NZ short. NZIFF Director Bill Gosden says “We couldn’t be more pleased that this year’s shorts are being honoured with her attention.”  So say we all! The final 5-6 films selected for the programme will be announced 30th May 2013.

See Press Release

Dates of screening during the 10th GFFIS – Seoul, Korea

The screening schedule is finally fixed and we are glad to inform you:

The 1st screening is May 13th 17:30 (CGV Yongsan 7).

The 2nd screening is May 16th 14:30 (CGV Yongsan 6).

MAshRome Programme Online

Official selection list for the MAshRome Film Festival in Rome May 8-11. If you are in Italy – pop along!

Screening in ROME in May

A slice of New Zealand rural life is set to play out on the big screen in Rome and Seoul this May, 2013. Christchurch animated short film The Mobile Meat Processing Unit has already screened in Ireland, Sydney and the Yukon. It has now been selected to screen at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea and also at MasHRome, in Italy. 

This quirky, slightly black comedy, written by Christchurch based producer Gaylene Barnes, and directed by Gaylene and Ed Davis, expands on the theme of Mary who had a little lamb – on an idyllic family farm. A series of catastrophic events unfold following the arrival of a high-tech mobile freezing works. Environmental themes are to the forefront in this film, and were recognised by the Korea Green Foundation which established the Green Film Festival in 2004. It’s a festival that “seeks to share the hope for a better world where all the lives can be in harmony with the environment and nature.”

The Mobile Meat Processing Unit combines still photography, paintings, moving image, green screen acting, 2D and 3D animation into ten minutes of comedic dramatic action. It was this ‘remixed’ feature that attracted the selectors of MasHRome, an innovative and exciting film festival in only it’s 2nd edition which celebrates the Mash up / Remix genre. “The mashed up 2.5D animated style was the best way to tell this story – with it’s cast of hundreds of animals – within a budget that I could realistically find” says Gaylene Barnes.

The Mobile Meat Processing Unit was made possible by funding from the Screen Innovation Production Fund and the Independent Filmmakers Fund. Written, co-directed, animated and produced by Gaylene Barnes. Co-Directed and animated by Ed Davis. The film features Canterbury actors Tom Trevella, Mila Inder and Jill Barnes. 3D animation by Hawick Inkster and sound design by Campbell Platt.

Screening in South Korea on Monday 13th May

Check out the program here

The film is part of the ‘Panorama Shorts 1’ programme screening during the Green Film Festival in Seoul. A film festival supported by the Korea Green Foundation. According to Google translate, the film is in the “Climate change and the future plus backgammon organic and GMO” section!

Some other interesting Google translations: “Automatic packing machine came to the farm one day, Happy Valley Trailers. The machine swallowed a sheep farm Packers’ll make. Obtained at the expense of consumer products and commodities. The more products you want to farm owner only their livestock trailer bachiji,,,, his greed does not end.Snowy though …… love Mary and daughter Mary, the amount left for him in the end.”

Sounds intriguing!

Selected For Detmold!

 31 May – 9 June 2013

More than 3000 short films from 86 countries were submitted to 2013 ISFF Detmold. We are pleased that The Mobile Meat Processing Unit is among the number selected to screen in Detmold in early June 2013. A highly populated part of Germany, we have expectations of it receiving a wide audience.

The organisers say: “The ISFF Detmold isn’t only well known in Germany, people come from all around the world to take part in this amazing event. For nine years, the Festival has enjoyed a  popularity every summer. The focus is on the art of short film, yes, but there is a varied and colorful framework program as well, with international live acts, concerts and happenings. The participation is definitely worth it!”