Auckland Opening Night 2017: Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for our 2017 Opening Night and Awards Ceremony on Saturday 28 October at The Civic.

A pink carpet will be rolled out as stars of the films mingle with audience members under the sparkly ceiling of one of New Zealand’s most prestigious picture palaces.

Comedian Te Radar will MC the evening, doing his thing between screenings of all the award winning short films. Auckland Mayor Hon. Phil Goff will be in attendance. A large turn-out of New Zealand filmmakers is also expected, along with the growing community of short film enthusiasts.

Winners of our top two awards, Best New Zealand Film and Best International Film, will become qualified to enter the Academy Awards. Other prizes given out on the night include cash prizes, filmmaking gear and industry memberships from sponsors: Panavision, DEGNZ, WatchMe, Showtools, NZ on Air, Final Draft, Rubber Monkey and Opawa wines.

Tickets to our Opening Night and Awards Ceremony are $29 and can be purchased from the Ticketmaster website.

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Tickets include entry to the Official After Party, which takes place from 10:30pm in the Wintergarden at The Civic. Guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of Opawa wine, snacks, great company and entertainment from band Hush Money.

Following our Opening Night event, we will again head off across the country. More than 20 cinemas from Kaitaia to Stewart Island have lined up to show a selection of the Festival films. Dates and locations are available here.

More information about our Opening Night and Awards Ceremony can be found here. The full programme for Show Me Shorts 2017 will be unveiled on 9 October.