Early announcement of films

Show Me Shorts received 1,500 submissions from more than 60 countries this year – a massive 50% increase on 2015. This year we are bringing 48 spectacular short films and music videos to 23 cinemas across New Zealand that demonstrate the exceptional levels of talent, patience, passion and crazy ideas of the film making community.

Among ten shorts that will be making their world premiere during Show Me Shorts 2016 is NZ musician-turned-director Joe Lonie’s Shout at the Ground. This raucous road-trip comedy follows a rock band on tour, racing to the ferry crossing, while they deconstruct a heist that robbed them of the door-take from their gig. Like Lonie’s previous Show Me Shorts 2014 Best Film-winning Honk If You’re Horny, this film is a fun and fast paced ride. Warning: Get your sick-bag ready because this film has been described as a “vom-com.”

We are proud to highlight the work of a few contemporary Kiwi bands including Ha The Unclear. Their quirky song about a coffee table infatuated with its owner titled Secret Lives of Furniture will get a well-deserved outing on the big screen as it competes with four other music videos for the NZ On Air Best Music Video Award.

We will present the New Zealand premiere of UK director Daniel Mulloy’s award-winning short film, Home. The expertly layered film reverses traditional roles as it presents an English family heading out on what appears to be a holiday. The film is both complex and sensitive in its exploration of the breakdown and rebuilding of trust and love amid the trauma of war and migration. Get ready for a powerful punch from a film that reaches for the truth through an absurd premise.

The Bathtub by Tim Ellrich dives into nostalgia and hilarity as three brothers attempt to re-create a childhood photo for their mother. The film was initially inspired by an internet trend, which was started by Argentinian photographer Irina Werning with her photo series Back to the Future.

Show Me Shorts is proud to present the debut screening of Fabricated, a stop-motion animation in which the audience is invited to journey through a darkly fantastic alien world which was once our own. This ambitious production was ten years in the making and worth every moment.

Last but not least, Show Me Shorts will host the New Zealand premiere of Seide, directed by Elnura Osmonalivea of Kyrgyzstan. This short film comes to us after screening at high profile international festivals such as Venice and Sundance. It showcases the breathtaking beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s snowy mountains, only just eclipsed by a powerful performance as a girl tries to avoid her arranged marriage.


The full programme will be unveiled on Thursday 15 September. The festival begins at The Civic with our Auckland Opening Night and Awards Ceremony. Tickets for this event and the Wellington Opening Night on 13 October are now on sale from Ticketmaster and The Embassy website.