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Pre-production is your best friend

In this Filmmaker Resources feature, Gina addresses the importance of pre-production in creating a successful short film shoot. Learn how to get organised and sort things like permits, cast, crew, and gear before stepping on set and how that can save you trouble down the road.




Entries for 2015 now open!

We’re pleased to welcome entries for this year’s festival! Click through to find out about entry details and how Show Me Shorts winners have gained attention in NZ and further abroad. Final submission deadline for the year closes 1 July 2015.


Nail Your Short Film Script

Writing a great short film script can be daunting challenge for new and established filmmakers alike. In this article, Gina discusses how to go from idea to the first page of your screenplay, how to format it, some practical writing techniques, and where/how to get more feedback.


Connect with your Short Film Community

Developing a network of mentors, colleagues and organisations is a great way to get your short film off the ground, improve your skills, and find the resources you need to make your idea a reality. In this article, we provide links to many great organisations and resources that are active in the New Zealand short film community.



Ten tips for short film makers

Show Me Shorts is always looking for ways to support the talented short film makers that make our festival possible every year. So we’re going to be sharing some resources over the next few months to (we hope!) encourage developing filmmakers. We’re kicking off with a set of rapid-fire top ten tips to help aspiring short film makers avoid the..

SMS responds to NZFC shorts funding changes

In March the NZ Film Commission released a consultation paper regarding some changes they would like to make to the way they fund the production of short films. You can also find more about the new plan for shorts on their website. As key proponents of short film in NZ, we made a submission on behalf of local audiences and..