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.



Programme announced!

We’re excited to announce the full programme of the 12th edition of Show Me Shorts Film Festival! This year we are showcasing 55 superb short films from New Zealand and around the world, at 26 cinemas nationwide from 28 October.

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.