Show Me Shorts is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. Our mission is to connect New Zealand audiences with short films and share New Zealand short films with the world. We celebrate the short film art form and champion short film makers!

During 6-29 October 2023 Show Me Shorts will put on 100 screenings in 35 cinemas across New Zealand. The festival will also include screenings of many of the short films through our on demand platform - these films will be geo-blocked to allow only New Zealanders to watch them.

Each year our programmers curate a selection of the best short films from Aotearoa and around the world, plus some of the top local music videos. We prioritise cinematic narrative-style films with strong audience appeal, as well as films that are making their premiere in our festival.

We launch the festival with a fun Opening Night party in Auckland, where the festival team are based. This is followed by a separate Awards Night event, and two more Opening Night celebrations in the cities of Wellington and Christchurch.

We also provide professional development and networking opportunities for aspiring short film makers through our Screenwriting Lab, Short Film Talks, Filmmaker Resources and various masterclasses.

At Show Me Shorts, we love filmmakers. We love your creativity, aspirations, questions and how your stories bring us together.

The percentage of our selected films that come from submissions is: 100%. Any invited films are not automatically selected, they go through the same rigorous selection process.

We are proud to celebrate and acknowledge the work of filmmakers who achieve excellence. As as an Oscar®-qualifying festival the winners of our coveted Best New Zealand Film Award and Best International Film Award become eligible to enter the Academy Awards®.

Best New Zealand Film Award
Oscar®-qualifying status. NZ$3,500 cash. Post-production services to the value of NZ$12,000. Film-making gear rental to value of NZ$5,000. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best International Film Award
Oscar®-qualifying status. NZ$2,000 cash. Final Draft writing software. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Director Award
NZ$500 cash. One-year membership to DEGANZ. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.
One-year membership to DEGANZ for the finalists.

Best Editor Award
NZ$500 cash. One-year membership to DEGANZ. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.
One-year membership to DEGANZ for the finalists.

Best Music Video Award
NZ$1,500 cash. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Actor Award
NZ$500 cash. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Cinematographer Award
NZ$500. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Screenplay Award
NZ$500. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

People’s Choice Award
NZ$500 cash. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

By submitting your film or music video for the Show Me Shorts Film Festival you agree to the following rules:

EXHIBITION RIGHTS: If your film is selected for the film festival, we have the right during the Festival Period to exhibit your film or music video in cinemas and on our secure online platform that will be geo-blocked to New Zealand (the “Exhibition Rights”). You agree that we are entitled to retain all revenue generated from the Exhibition Rights.

The “Festival Period” is provisionally scheduled from 6 October to 31 October 2023 (inclusive) for nationwide venues (excluding Stewart Island) and from 3 January 2024 to 21 January 2024 (inclusive) at the Stewart Island venue only. You acknowledge that the Festival Period may be subject to change. If we need to change the Festival Period for any reason, we may do so upon notice to you or by updating these Rules .

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
AGE: you must be at least 18 years old to enter your film or music video.

FEES: we must receive payment of your entry fee.

GENRE: Films and music videos can be any genre.

LENGTH: Films are to be no less than 2 minutes and no more than 20 minutes in length (including end credits). Music videos must be no less than 1 minute and no more than 10 minutes in length.

COMPLETION DATE: Films and music videos must have been completed not more than two years before the opening date of the festival.

BROADCASTING: Films must not have previously been shown publicly on the Internet. (This does not apply to music videos or to short films entered in the ‘Not in competition’ category.)

SUBTITLES: All entries with dialogue not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

UNFINISHED FILMS: Please contact us before the entry deadline to request permission to submit an incomplete film, or to have an extension granted.

ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable.

ENTRY CATEGORIES: The Show Me Shorts Film Festival has four categories of entry:

NEW ZEALAND SHORT FILMS: Films made by New Zealanders or with significant New Zealand content are eligible for the ‘New Zealand short films’ entry category;

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS: Films made without significant NZ contribution or content are eligible for the ‘International short films’ entry category;

NOT IN COMPETITION: New Zealand or international films that are or have been shown publicly online in New Zealand are only eligible for the ‘Not in competition’ entry category; and

NEW ZEALAND MUSIC VIDEO: New Zealand music videos are eligible for the ‘New Zealand music video’ entry category.

SELECTION: not all entries will be selected for the Show Me Shorts Film Festival. Our judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

You may withdraw your submission at any time prior to 26 July 2023 for the Show Me Shorts Film Festival by contacting the festival organisers at info@showmeshorts.co.nz.

COMPETITION: The following applies where prizes are offered as part of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival:
• All judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• Prizes and any specific competition rules will be as set out on our website or as otherwise confirmed to you.
• Prizes are personal to the winners and are non-transferable unless we agree.
• We reserve the right to choose another winner if you’re in breach of these Rules (e.g., you don’t meet the Entry Requirements)
• We reserve the right to replace any prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond our control makes it necessary to do so.
• You are responsible for all insurance, tax or other costs that may be associated with any prize

SCREENING FEES: Show Me Shorts Film Festival does not pay screening fees.

PROMO USE: If your film or music video is selected for the film festival, you grant us the right to use up to 30 seconds of your production for TV, cinema advertising, video, internet, and all other electronic media for promotional purposes.

COPIES: We may make copies of films and music videos that are selected for the purposes of censorship, obtaining media reviews/stories and for exhibition purposes.

RIGHTS CLEARANCE: You warrant to us that you have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter your film or music video into the Show Me Shorts Film Festival and that our use of the Exhibition Rights will not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes the use of any sound clips and music.

LIABILITY: You agree that Show Me Shorts Film Festival, it's board, sponsors and partners, and judges, individually and collectively will not be held responsible for any direct or indirect losses, damages, costs and liabilities arising out of or in connection with this agreement, our use of your film or music video, or the Show Me Shorts Film Festival .

INFORMATION: The personal information you provide to us is collected for the purposes of Show Me Shorts Film Festival only. You consent to any such information being used for the above purpose by Show Me Shorts Film Festival whose address is Room 5, Level 2, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand. You may request access to and if necessary correction of any personal information which we hold about you.

These rules are governed by the laws of New Zealand.

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  • Jan-David Bolt

    What a blast! A wonderful festival oganized by wonderful people. I hope to be back in another edition!

    Nga mihi nui!

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jan-David, it was such a pleasure to host you and your film. We're so pleased you could make the long trip down to our part of the world and share your work with kiwi audiences.

  • Shreya Gejji

    It was wonderful to have our short film in the 2022 programme playing alongside some incredible films from around the world. A huge thanks to Mark, Gina and the entire team at Show me Shorts for all their efforts.

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Shreya, your film is beautiful and and really resonated with audiences. I can't wait to see the next one.

  • Nejib Kthiri

    Amazing Festival! It was a pleasure and honour to have our film Trinou included in this year program with some amazing films. Huge thank you to everyone involved in making this possible.

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being part of the festival Nejib. Trinou is unique and powerful. It was an honour to include it in the programme.

  • William McKegg

    It was a real honour to get included in the festival programme this year. SMS did such a great job getting the word out that the festival was in town and their events were fabulous. My film has got into a several festivals and I can say unequivocally that SMS communication and attention to our team and our film was the best we've experienced so far. Thank you Show Me Shorts!

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks William, it was a delight to share Floundering with kiwi communities.

  • Very exciting to finally be accepted into this wonderful festival!

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brenden, it was great to have you as part of the festival this year. Looking forward to your next films.