Short filmmakers with recently finished work or films currently in production are invited to submit to New Zealand’s major national short film event.

Entries for the seventh annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival are now open. Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s largest short film festival, with films selected to screen from New Zealand and around the world. The festival takes place in over 12 locations nationwide from November,
screening a stylistically varied selection of the 40 best short films, which are grouped into six themed sessions.

The total prize pool for Show Me Shorts 2012 is valued at well over $10,000, and there are now nine different award categories. Submitted films must be between two and 20 minutes long, and made within the last two years. Filmmakers at all levels from beginner to expert are welcome to apply. Films with high production values will be given extra weight in the selection process, as will those that make their NZ premiere during the festival.

The final entry deadline for Show Me Shorts 2012 is 5pm Friday the 29th of June. There is a small fee to enter, so filmmakers on a tight budget should be aware that a discounted early bird entry rate of just US$20 is available for entries made before the 1st of May.

Festival Director Gina Dellabarca is pleased to announce a new award this year for Best International Film, alongside a restructure of the other awards, which will now go exclusively to New Zealand short filmmakers. The purpose of the restructure was to reflect the move of Show Me Shorts last year from being a trans-Tasman event to a national and international festival. “We expect New Zealand short filmmakers to be excited by this announcement, as it allows us to highlight more of their work. In a part of the industry that has little financial reward, this kind of acknowledgement helps to keep filmmakers enthusiastic, and can be of assistance in moving their careers forward. For international filmmakers we hope that our Best International Film award is just the beginning of some strong relationships with festivals and filmmakers all over the world.”

The overall winner of the Kodak Best Film prize for Show Me Shorts in 2011 was New Zealander Jack Woon for his dreamy drama about awkward teenage love, shot on 16mm. Woon also received the SDGNZ Best Director award, netting him significant prizes including Kodak Film Stock, processing at Film Lab and other tools to assist him with his next project.

For audience members who love short films, Show Me Shorts has just launched the first edition of the Screening Room. This new page on the Show Me Shorts web site hosts a monthly release of online short films to watch, featuring a different theme, filmmaker or genre every month. The inaugural Screening Room post is now up. It contains three of the most recent and striking films from Media Design School’s CGI animation students: ‘Dr. Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game,’ ‘Rotting Hill’ and ‘First Contact.’ The students are taught by award winning New Zealand short filmmaker James Cunningham, who directs the films. Always topical or shocking, these sci-fi/horror creature features are consistently popular with audiences and delivered with a strong dose of humour. Show Me Shorts is pleased to be able to present them here.

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For further information about entering a short film, view the full entry guidelines at Enter Your Film, or to enter your short film directly go to WithoutABox.