Entries now open for 2016!

The team behind “The Tide Keeper” came away with 2015 Lightbox Best Film to qualify for the Academy Awards®, as well as Panavision Best Cinematographer, and DEGNZ Best Director.


We are now calling for local and international submissions to Show Me Shorts 2016. Our growing festival celebrates short films, music videos and the people who make them.

The 11th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival will share the top local and international short films with thousands of New Zealanders, who take part as audience members, attend professional development events, and by vote for their favourite films.

As an Oscar® qualifying festival, the winner of our coveted Lightbox Best Film Award becomes eligible to enter the Academy Awards®.

Last year’s top prize went to Alyx Duncan for The Tide Keeper. Her film is now eligible to enter the 2017 Oscars®. Duncan also received $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, a membership to StarNow, a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software, a bottle of Opawa pinot noir and flowers from Enchanted Rose. The total prize pool provided by us and our sponsors across ten award categories is valued at more than $25,000.

Short films entered into Show Me Shorts can be from New Zealand or anywhere in the world, but must be between 2-20 minutes long and made within the last two years. New Zealand music videos can also qualify for selection if they are between 1-10 minutes long.

Entry deadlines and fees for 2016 are:

  • Earlybird Deadline: 15 April 2016 (shorts US$25 / music videos US$10)
  • Regular Deadline: 15 May 2016 (shorts US$30 / music videos US$15)
  • Late Deadline: 15 June 2016 (shorts US$35 / music videos US$20)
  • Extended Deadline: 1 July 2016 (shorts US$40 / music videos US$25)

Show Me Shorts saw an increase of almost 10% in audience numbers during 2015, demonstrating the growing appetite of New Zealanders for short films. The number of cinemas across the country also expanded to 22 venues from Dargaville to Stewart Island.

Festival Director Gina Dellabarca says:

“We are proud to present our selection of world-class shorts to the New Zealand public each November. Show Me Shorts is the most internationally prestigious short film festival in New Zealand and our programme reflects that. We are looking for the top short films from here and overseas. That doesn’t mean beginners shouldn’t enter, it just means the films we select demonstrate a high level of story telling and/or filmmaking craft.”

One of the most popular shorts from the international selection of Show Me Shorts 2015, Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary, has been shortlisted for the Best Live Action Short Film award at the Oscars® this year. This award was won in 2015 by another film that had previously featured in Show Me Shorts, The Phone Call.

To submit your film and for more info on guidelines, please click through to our Enter Your Film page. You can also find more info on our Frequently Asked Questions page.