Calling for entries for 2013!

enterBanner2Entries for the eighth annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival are now open! Winners of the prestigious Best Film award now qualify for consideration in the short film categories at the Oscars®!

Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s major short film festival, with films selected to screen from New Zealand and around the world. The festival takes place in 12 locations nationwide every November, screening a stylistically varied selection of the 40 best short films, which are grouped into six themed sessions.

Show Me Shorts is proud to be the first and only film festival in New Zealand to receive Academy Awards® accreditation. For local filmmakers, this means they are no longer restricted to winning an award at an international festival to gain entry to the Oscars®.

Graeme Mason, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission, says: “Show Me Shorts having Oscar® accreditation is fantastic news for NZ filmmakers as it gives them a local opportunity to secure a chance at participating in one of the world’s most notable film events. As we know from Taika Waititi and ‘Two Cars, One Night,’ that opportunity can be career altering.”

In 2014 ‘Night Shift’ (writer/director Zia Mandviwalla) will be eligible for consideration for the Oscars® thanks to winning the 2012 Show Me Shorts Best Film award.

Show Me Shorts is also an IMDb qualifying festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast tracked title-page in IMDb.com. This level of international publicity is unmatched in any other local festival.

Show Me Shorts has two 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 New Zealand contribution or content are eligible for the ‘International Short Films’ entry category.

The total prize pool for Show Me Shorts 2013 is valued at over $20,000, 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 New Zealand premiere during the festival.

The final entry deadline for Show Me Shorts 2013 is 5pm Friday the 5th of July 2013.