Past Winners


We love all of the films that make it into our programme each year but we also want to recognize those that stand out. Whether it is excellence in a particular category like directing and acting or outstanding overall achievement as exemplified by our Best Film, these films all present something special. Winners of our Lightbox Best Film & Best International Film Awards are also eligible to enter the Academy Awards ®, giving short film makers a shot at an Oscar ®. Click through to see a list of our past winners.

New Zealand shorts to get a shot at winning an Oscar!

New Zealand has long had a reputation for making outstanding short films. Now this has been recognised with the granting of Academy Awards® accreditation to our major national short film festival. Show Me Shorts is proud to be the first and only film festival in New Zealand to receive Academy Awards® accreditation. For local filmmakers Show Me Shorts’ accreditation means..

Announcing shorts before Friday features in Silo Park!

We hope you’ve been enjoying this year’s festival, which is still on until Nov. 25 in both Tauranga and Twizel and will be back in Whitianga Jan 3-13. But if you’re in Auckland, good news: Show Me Shorts has teamed up with Silo Park Cinema on the waterfront to bring short films before features! It kicks off this Friday 23..

Award Finalists Announced!

There are two for each of our eight award categories. The winners will be announced at our opening night event on Thursday the 5th of November. And the nominees are: Kodak Best Film Paul Swadel for ‘Poppy’ Jackie van Beek and Bridget Fogarty for ‘Just Like the Others’ Best Student Film Michael Humphrey for ‘The Big Happiness’ Matteo Bruno for..

Sign up for workshops – Auckland November 7, Wellington November 14

Something old and something new… Show Me Shorts presents a new feature of the festival, a half-day short film workshop featuring tips from seasoned pros and a screening of brand new shorts from fresh talent. session one A panel of established filmmakers talk about some of their own work and discuss what goes into developing a good short film. This..

Works in progress sought

After four years of bringing the best of New Zealand and Australian short film to cinemas throughout New Zealand, the Show Me Shorts festival is expanding this year’s programme to include workshops in Auckland and Wellington. Morning workshops will be held during the first weekend of the festival in Auckland and Wellington and will consist of a script development workshop..

past winners and finalists

If you’re curious to see which films won awards in previous years, here they are: best film award, 2008 Winner: Noise Control by The Simmonds Brothers (more…)