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Programming Volunteers Wanted


Have you ever wondered how the programming works at an international film festival? Are you a film nerd that would love spending a couple of hours every week watching short films? Now is your opportunity to join likeminded people as part of the Show Me Shorts programming team.

Help us to select the best short films in the world. We’re now recruiting volunteers to watch short films submitted to the 2022 festival. The work takes place across five months, from March until the end of July, culminating in a weekend long series of meetings to help decide the final selection of short films.

Previous experience working in the film industry is not required. We are looking for film lovers, who have seen a lot of movies of any type. If you’re passionate about cinema, we want you.

We’re looking for humans of all ages, genders, cultural and religious backgrounds. Especially people of colour and those aged in their 50s or 60s. Full training will be provided. If you have a healthy appetite for movies and an interest in short films particularly that is the main prerequisite.

Here are the dates you need to be available to attend our programming meetings, which are held in our Grey Lynn office in Auckland:

  1. 10am-12pm Sunday 6 March
  2. 10am-12pm Sunday 27 March
  3. 10am-12pm Sunday 24 April
  4. 10am-12pm Sunday 15 May
  5. 10am-12pm Sunday 5 June
  6. 10am-12pm Sunday 26 June
  7. 10am-12pm Sunday 10 July
  8. 10am-4pm Saturday 23 July
  9. 10am-4pm Sunday 24 July

Please note that the watching of films takes place solo in the comfort of your own home, by logging in to our entry platform online. So you will need to have access to a computer, with good headphones or speakers. You will need to commit to watching a minimum of ten films per week, which takes about two hours. Meetings are additional.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete your details here to tell us a bit about yourself before Wednesday 2 March 2022. We’ll be in touch to invite you to join us if we think it’s a good match.