Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. We work to connect New Zealanders with the best short films from here and around the world; celebrate excellence in short film making; and foster the short film community.

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

Founded in 2006 at a single venue, Show Me Shorts has grown to become a nationwide event celebrating the short film art form, and championing the filmmakers. The festival now takes place at more than 20 cinemas nationwide, from Kaitaiai to Stewart Island.

We launch the festival with glamorous events at the country's two most prestigious picture palaces The Civic in Auckland and The Embassy (where Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films made their world premieres) in Wellington.

As part of the festival, Show Me Shorts also provides resources, professional development and networking opportunities for aspiring short film makers through our Short Film Talks, Filmmaker Resources and Aotearoa Short Film Lab for screenwriters.

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

Awards & Prizes

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

Best Film Award
Oscar®-qualifying status. NZ$2,000 cash. Rubber Monkey gear rental to value of NZ$5,000. Final Draft writing software. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

Best International Film Award
Oscar®-qualifying status. Final Draft writing software.

Best Actor Award
$500 cash. Final Draft writing software. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

Best Cinematographer Award
Panavision camera gear rental to value of NZ$10,000. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

Best Screenplay Award
Final Draft writing software. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

Best Director Award
NZ$500 cash. One-year membership to DEGNZ. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.
One-year membership to DEGNZ for the finalists.

Best Editor Award
NZ$500 cash. One-year membership to DEGNZ. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.
One-year membership to DEGNZ for the finalists.

Best Music Video Award
NZ$1,500 cash. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

Special Jury Prize
NZ$1,500 cash. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

People’s Choice Award
Final Draft writing software. Bottle of Opawa Pinot Noir.

Rules & Terms

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 video 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 deadline to request permission to submit an incomplete film, or have an extension granted.

ENTRY CATEGORIES: Show Me Shorts has four categories of entry. Films made by New Zealanders or with significant New Zealand content are eligible for the ‘New Zealand short films’ entry category. Films made without significant NZ contribution or content are eligible for the ‘International short films’ entry category. New Zealand or international films that are, or have been, shown on the internet are eligible for the ‘Not in competition’ entry category. New Zealand music videos are eligible for the ‘New Zealand music video’ entry category. Show Me Shorts prioritises well-crafted cinematic films, as well as films that will make their premiere in our festival.

POSTAGE: All postage costs are the responsibility of the sender. Entry materials will NOT be returned. If selected, screening materials may be returned.

CENSORSHIP: If your film has previously been rated for screening in New Zealand please let us know.

PROMO USE: Show Me Shorts reserves the right to use up to 30 seconds of all entries for promotional purposes.

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    Festival Formula Ltd

    We were so thrilled when we had one of our new clients screen here, and it's refreshing to have such strong communication with a festival. The festival team were on the ball with requests and keen to share the news of our clients' films - we highly recommend this festival!

    January 2017
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    Lucy Timmins

    So fun!! Amazing communication and quality

    January 2017