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JULY 1 – Final Entry Deadline

FINAL REMINDER! We are calling for last minute local and international submissions to the 11th edition of this growing festival.

The final extended deadline for 2016 closes on 1 July. Short films entered into Show Me Shorts can be from New Zealand or anywhere in the world, however, shorts 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.

Our newly obtained Academy Awards®-qualifying status in the Best International Film category means that the winner of our Lightbox Best Film and Best International Film qualify for entry to the Oscars®. The total prize pool provided by Show Me Shorts and their sponsors across ten award categories is valued at more than $25,000  – including cash, software, filmmaking equipment and industry memberships.

Our awards are judged and decided by a panel of experienced film industry practitioners; the winners are announced and their prizes are presented at the Opening Night and Awards Ceremony at The Civic on 1 October.

We are proud to connect filmmakers with thousands of New Zealanders from Dargaville to Stewart Island. We are bringing our festival to a number of new locations this year including: Gisborne, Paekakariki, Pahiatua and Hokitika. In Wellington, the festival moves to a new home at the prestigious Embassy Theatre – where Peter Jackson’s hobbit films made their debut. Check out the full programme announced so far here.

“We are looking for well crafted short films that look great on the big screen. We want our audience to think and feel something, whether its laughter, nostalgia, surprise, or something more sinister; it is unique voices and unexpected ideas that create the world-class quality of short films people can expect to see at our festival.”
– Festival Director Gina Dellabarca

Check out our entry page for guidelines, our FAQ for more info. To enter your film, please submit using Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.