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.


Searching for the perfect gift for the short-film enthusiast in your life? Or maybe just looking for some classic shorts to watch yourself? Grab a copy of our DVD and bring the festival to the comfort of your own home.


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.



Animation In Isolation

Many top animators have been busy during lock-down. Creating short films that allow us to reflect on and poke gentle fun at our anxiety, escalating desire to escape, and strange urge to hoard toilet paper. Enjoy them here.

Uplifting Shorts for Lock-down

To help you stay positive and entertained through lock-down limbo we present three uplifting and fun short films to put a smile on your dial. People (and animals) come together to celebrate life!

Coming of Age Short Films

Perhaps the most prolific and best loved genre for short films. Coming-of-age stories offer a glimpse into a pivotal moment in a character’s life. We look at three great examples this nostalgic genre.

Family Bonds

Blood is thicker than water. Let’s take a look at these short films which explore the lengths family is willing to go to for their loved ones.

2018’s biggest laughs

Here are three of the funniest films from our 2018 programme. They show very different kinds of comedy and ways filmmakers can use humour to draw us into their stories.