Looking for your short film fix outside of the festival? Here you can learn about special screenings, find selected online shorts, purchase our DVD, or browse last year’s online programme.


Screening Room

The Screening Room is a monthly feature in which a team member or special guest discusses a selection of shorts freely available online. These typically follow a theme, with past examples including filmmakers who have transitioned to features, surrealist shorts, and holiday films. Check back in at the beginning of each month for new editions or subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive updates.


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Each year Show Me Shorts curates a selection of the best short films from Aotearoa and around the world, plus several of the top local music videos. We divide these into themed sections so you see about eight grouped together around a common theme. Click through to find all the information about the films, screening dates and locations.

Special Screenings

Special Screenings

As part of our mission to connect New Zealanders with the best short films, we often curate special selections of our shorts for other festivals and events, such as Splore, Auckland Lantern Festival, Big Day Out, Art in the Dark, Silo Cinema, Survive & Thrive and Auckland Film Society. We are also regularly invited to curate selections of New Zealand shorts for international festivals, such as Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia; Capalbio Cinema International Film Festival in Rome, Italy; Festival REGARD in Sanguenay, Canada; and Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan. For updates on these screenings and events, sign up to our monthly e-newsletter.




Filmmaking competitions forge teams

How do you forge a filmmaking dream team? Short film making competitions are a great place to test out your crew under pressure. This month we look at the work of some teams who have successfully used filmmaking competitions and made great short films in the process.

Oscar nominated directors

This month in our Screening Room we invite you to take a look at the early short films of three Academy Award-nominated directors: Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Denis Velleneuve (Arrival).

Fantastic shorts to unwrap this Christmas

Nothing beats film for a way to escape the real world, and what better way to dodge the family Christmas dramas than fresh and gorgeous fantasy and sci/fi? SMS team member Clayton breaks up your holiday break with striking fresh shorts that span around the world and into new ones.

Hopelessly devoted to romantic shorts

The search for love is sometimes fraught with disaster but being a hopeless romantic – and single – Clayton Barnett from the Show Me Shorts team can’t help but fall in love with shorts on falling in love.

Highlights from Francesca Rudkin!

Film and music reviewer and Show Me Shorts ambassador Francesca Rudkin discusses four of her favourite shorts from this years Show me Shorts Film Festival. Ranging from a nostalgic comedy that attempts to create an idealized past, unsuccessful flat-hunts, delightful animations and even to a story of motherhood and consolidating crying children. Francesca shares her top picks!

Programme announced!

We’re excited to announce the full programme of the 11th edition of the Show me Shorts Film Festival! This year we are showcasing 47 superb short films from New Zealand and around the world, at more than 20 cinemas nationwide from 1 October.

Early announcement of films

This year we are bringing 48 spectacular films to 23 cinemas across New Zealand that demonstrate the exceptional levels of talent, patience, passion and crazy ideas of the film making community. Here is a selection of 6 films that will compete in the 11th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival, take a look.

From short to feature

While short films are a fantastic medium in their own right, they can also be a staging ground for exploration of ideas bound for a feature-length treatment. In this edition of the Screening Room, we explore two shorts that have made this transition and one headed in that direction.

Short road to success

There’s no question that Kiwi short film makers punch above their weight on the global stage. We’re plucky, resourceful and have a strong tradition of oral story telling that goes back generations. This month we asked acclaimed Canadian-New Zealand documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley for her take on our short films, and to pick some of her favourites. Here they are for your enjoyment.