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Early announcement of films

Early announcement of films

This year we are bringing 48 spectacular films to 23 cinemas across New Zealand that demonstrate the exceptional levels of talent, patience, passion and crazy ideas of the film making community. Here is a selection of 6 films that will compete in the 11th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival, take a look.

From short to feature

From short to feature

While short films are a fantastic medium in their own right, they can also be a staging ground for exploration of ideas bound for a feature-length treatment. In this edition of the Screening Room, we explore two shorts that have made this transition and one headed in that direction.

Tickets for the opening nights are now on sale!

Tickets for the opening nights are now on sale!

Tickets for our Opening Night and Awards Ceremony at the Auckland Civic Theatre are on sale NOW!
Join us for a very special night out, celebrating short films and the people who make them. Be there to watch as the winners of the Show Me Shorts Awards are announced, prizes presented and the winning films are played.

Short road to success

Short road to success

There’s no question that Kiwi short film makers punch above their weight on the global stage. We’re plucky, resourceful and have a strong tradition of oral story telling that goes back generations. This month we asked acclaimed Canadian-New Zealand documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley for her take on our short films, and to pick some of her favourites. Here they are for your enjoyment.

Who are you really?

Who are you really?

Some of the best short films focus on the plight of one truly great character. They don’t need to be saving the world or falling into the greatest love story of all time. They might just be going about their day of auditions or trying to record an answer phone message that encapsulates their personality. Done well, this can be mesmerizing. In our latest Screening Room post, Kiwi filmmaker Allan George demonstrates the importance of identity with three truly great shorts.

JULY 1 – Final Entry Deadline

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.

Family Matters

Family Matters

Here are three whanau-featuring highlights from our 2015 programme, as selected by one of our programmers, Clayton Barnett. Whether you’re a father, grandmother, step-son, half-sister, cousin, aunt or whatever, you’ll find something you can relate to here.

Iconic NZ music videos

Iconic NZ music videos

Chris Scott of the Sweet Mix Kids helps us ring in NZ Music Month with three modern classics. With cinematic allusions, an animated thrill-ride, and sax notes to strum your heartstrings, these music videos highlight some of the unique kiwi audio and visual artists from the past two decades.

Celebrating the life and work of Paul Swadel

Celebrating the life and work of Paul Swadel

Revisit, or discover, some of the great work by New Zealand filmmaker Paul Swadel whose untimely passing is being mourned throughout the kiwi film industry. Mark Prebble, Show Me Shorts Festival Coordinator and a friend of Paul’s, shares three vibrant short films that offer a brief glimpse into Paul’s immense and diverse talent.