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Less is More

Less is More

Festival volunteer Kanna takes a look at some short films that revolve as much around what is not shown as what is, allowing the audience space to ruminate and contemplate.

Announcing dates and 5 films for the 2012 festival!

We’re excited to announce the dates for our 2012 festival and our 11 wonderful venues throughout New Zealand Auckland: Capitol Cinema, November 1-11 Pukekohe: Pukekohe Cinema, November 1-11 Rothesay Bay: The Internationalist, November 1-11 Matakana: Matakana Cinemas, November 1-11 Waiheke: Waiheke Island Community Cinema, November 1-11 Wellington: Paramount, November 8-18 Christchurch: Hollywood Cinema, November 8-18 Dunedin: Rialto Cinema, November 8-18..

2012 Short Film Lab: Call for Applications!

DEADLINE: 20th SEPTEMBER 2012 Calling all aspiring film writers, writer/directors and filmmaking teams: are you developing ideas for short film? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in New Zealand’s third Short Film Lab. Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen are now calling for applications for the 2012 Short Film Lab. Successful applicants will be offered a place in a one-day..

3 Short Docos

Our Festival Coordinator, Heidi, has a look at 3 short documentaries from around the world that focus on the joys and heartbreaking difficulties of following your passions.

The Romance of Death

Festival newcomer Meghan discusses some films that centre around that pervasive element in many films: death. But she manages to show how these films focus on the allure and romanticism surrounding the D word.

Don’t Give Up on Your Masterpiece!

Exciting things are afoot at Show Me Shorts, with entries for this year pouring in, our promo videos released, and SMS presenting some of our favorites from years past before features at the outdoor (and free) Silo Park Cinema screenings. We’re now well into the entry season, with May 1 marking the deadline for early-bird entries to the 2012 Festival...

From Small Beginnings

Festival Director Gina explores some early shorts of Kiwi filmmakers Jane Campion and Paul Campion (no relation) that have gone on to transition to features. But these gems are more than just a stepping stone to the big leagues- they are worth a look in their own right.

Surrealism, Art and Animation

Awards Manager Rebecca looks at some unique shorts that use surrealism, animation, and music to create unique and thought-provoking experiences. As if one being a collaboration between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney wasn’t reason enough for a read!


Short filmmakers with recently finished work or films currently in production are invited to submit to New Zealand’s major national short film event. Entries for the seventh annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival are now open. Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s largest short film festival, with films selected to screen from New Zealand and around the world. The festival..

Recent Media Design School Shorts

Website Manager David looks through some of Media Design School’s recent shorts. With industry veteran supervision and talented students, these Sci-Fi and Zombie flicks pack an amazingly consistent blend of quality, technology, and comic pacing.

Congratulations to the 2011 award winners!

The sixth annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival is now open and kicked off in Auckland last night with a glamorous awards evening at The Capitol, where the winners of eight prizes for excellence in short film making were announced. Jack Woon took home the coveted Kodak Best Film Award for his dreamy drama about awkward teenage love, The Great..

Announcing the 2011 Award Nominees

Show Me Shorts is now just a few days away from the 2011 Opening Night and excited to once again deliver some of the best short films from New Zealand, Australia, and around the world to our 12 locations throughout New Zealand. This year’s prize pool is valued at over $10,000, with the winner of the top award for Kodak..

Announcing the 2011 Programme!

The Show Me Shorts team had a fantastic time with the Programme Launch event. Congratulations to the selected participants for the Short Film Lab and a big thanks to all the applicants who made it such a hard decision. The event was held in the beautifully renovated Capitol Cinema in Auckland and the team is excited about the buzzing atmosphere..