Portrait of the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister’s Welcome Message for 2019

The Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern is a regular audience member at Show Me Shorts Film Festival. She warmly welcomes Kiwis attending screenings of New Zealand’s biggest little film festival:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Show Me Shorts Film Festival. The 2019 line-up is bigger and better than ever, showcasing a record 63 short films, including some of New Zealand’s best.

A flourishing arts and cultural sector is an essential part of any society. Here in New Zealand, we have a long history of producing inspiring and innovative works that capture audiences not just here at home, but right around the world. The screen industry is a great example of this. Kiwi filmmakers are well-known for their creativity, and the Show Me Shorts festival plays an important role in nurturing our local talent. The festival is also committed to bringing cinema to communities across New Zealand, allowing more people to enjoy the artistry and imagination of short film.

To everyone attending the 2019 festival, I hope you enjoy the show! Whether you’re left laughing, crying or wondering what exactly you just witnessed, I am sure these short films will stick with you long after the end credits are over.

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister of New Zealand

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage