Intern Position Available

Come work with us. New Zealand’s leading international short film festival is currently recruiting for a volunteer position. We have room in our team for one Festival Intern position.

Show Me Shorts works to connect New Zealand audiences with short films and share New Zealand short films with the world. We do this primarily by organising a film festival that screens in cinemas nationwide each October. There are also a number of other workshops, screenings and events.

The intern programme is designed to work alongside your tertiary level study or part-time work commitments. There is a requirement for just eight hours per week, which will be largely based in our Grey Lynn office.

Hone your administration skills; learn about film distribution and exhibition; be part of a passionate team that creates vital screen industry events. There will be opportunities to attend events, meet guests and take part in a unique experience. Most of the work involves standard office administration tasks though, as we build up to the festival in October.

We are looking for a bright, proactive and conscientious film-lover. The Festival Intern needs to be punctual, resourceful, energetic, eager to learn, resilient and extremely well-organised. You will need to have your own laptop as some work will be done remotely, and preferably have a driver’s license and own car.

The hours are flexible, but you will be mostly required during week-days, plus some evening and weekend work when we have events on. The role will commence ASAP and conclude after the festival has wrapped up and follow-up work has concluded in early December. August on-wards is the busiest period, and during the festival in October we need you to be available to work some additional evenings and weekends.

The Festival Intern will help with the production of the festival and events, including:

  • Correspondence and admin
  • Assisting with funding applications
  • Liaising with filmmakers, cinemas and post-production
  • Organising censorship of films
  • Data entry and spreadsheet organisation
  • Distributing customer surveys at screenings
  • Event support (Opening Nights, Short Film Talks, etc.)
  • Assisting with marketing and promotion
  • Copywriting for the website, social media and email newsletters
  • Assisting in the coordination of design and print deliverables
  • Building databases of and communications with potential audiences

This is an unpaid opportunity, but the festival will offer:

  • Flexible working hours to fit around work or study
  • Any out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed
  • The opportunity to learn how a world-class film festival operates
  • The chance to work with a motivated team and be a part of an exciting national event
  • A written reference at the conclusion of the internship

All of our previous Festival Interns have gone on to find paid work in fields of their choice after working with us. Including at high profile festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival.

To apply email your CV and a cover letter to Mark Prebble at by 5pm June 19, 2020.