Show Me Shorts gets Oscar accreditation for a second award

‘Stutterer’, an international film which screened at Show Me Shorts 2015, is nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film award at this year’s Oscars®.


We’re super-proud to announce that Show Me Shorts has been granted Oscar®-qualifying status for our Best International Film Award, in addition to our Lightbox Best Film Award.

For the last four years, Show Me Shorts has been the only film festival in New Zealand qualified to provide a pathway to the Academy Awards® – for our top award winner: Lightbox Best Film. This coveted relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is something granted to a small number of prestigious film festivals around the globe.

Festival Director, Gina Dellabarca, says:

“It’s big news for filmmakers as it means the reality of winning an Oscar® is potentially within reach.

Winning one of these awards removes the need for a standard theatrical run in a US cinema – something most short films are unable to achieve. Winning an Oscar®-qualifying festival is the main way that short films can become eligible for consideration for the Oscars®. The Show Me Shorts team and I are thrilled with this development, which is likely to result in an increase in the number and quality of our submissions. Great news for local audiences as well as local and international filmmakers.”

One of the most popular shorts from our international selection in 2015, Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary, is nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film award at the Oscars® this year. We will all be cheering on this film come Monday 29 February when the awards are announced.

Our 2015 Lightbox Best Film Award was won by Alyx Duncan for The Tide Keeper. Her film is now eligible to enter the 2017 Oscars®.

The Best Live Action Short Film award at the 2015 Oscars® was won by another film that had previously featured in Show Me Shorts, The Phone Call. This demonstrates the calibre of short films in our programme.

We are now calling for entries from local and international short film makers for the 11th annual edition of Show Me Shorts. Short films can be from New Zealand or anywhere in the world, but must be between 2-20 minutes long and made within the last two years. New Zealand music videos can also qualify for selection if they are between 1-10 minutes long.

Full submission details for Show Me Shorts are available on our Enter Your Film page.