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Which short film rules the roost?

A cartoon documentary about a rooster which was shot on the Kapiti Coast is the toast of the New Zealand Short Film world.

The winner of the 2008 Best Film Award at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival is Phill Simmonds for 'Noise Control.'

The winners in all four awards categories were announced at the gala opening of the festival in Auckland.

It's a double whammy for Phil - he, along with his brother Jeff, won the Best Film award last year for their film 'A Very Nice Honeymoon.'

This year's entry 'Noise Control' is a comedic animated documentary (a docu-mation) about a kindergarten's pet rooster that is shot by a noise control officer after it annoyed the neighbours one too many times.

Over its 11 minute duration, it fuses together news footage from the coverage the event on the Kapiti Coast got at the time with a cartoon interview with the rooster.

The joint winners of the Best Student Film award are Cameron Edser and Michael Richards for 'Animal Instincts,' an animated comedy about a cow and a sheep at war.

Roseanne Liang took out the Atlab Best Technical Contribution prize for her hilarious film 'Take 3' about three Asian actresses facing racism at auditions.

The Panavision Special Jury Prize was awarded this year to Baudouin du Bois for writing the thriller 'Serial Killer.'

The film is about a French family who get lost on holiday in New Zealand, when their car breaks down and they are forced to seek shelter with some scary locals.

The judges for this year's awards were film critic Helene Wong, General Manager of Hoyts Film Distribution Elizabeth Trotman, Actor Bruce Hopkins (Lord of the Rings) and Kiwa Media Producer Karla Rodgers.

It doesn't look as if it was an easy task for the judging panel as the overall quality of the films impressed them.

You'll get your chance to see the films, which are currently screening in various sessions (along with the rest of the 41 films in this year's program) at Auckland's Academy Cinema until the 12th of November.

The festival then moves to Wellington for a week followed by Christchurch, Dunedin and some smaller centres.

For more details on the festival's times and films, click here.