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Latest Covid Updates

Lockdowns and alert levels have meant that Show Me Shorts Film Festival has had to shuffle a few things around. We’ll be updating this page regularly in response to the Covid alert level announcements with the most up to date information about dates and ticketing changes.

Latest updates:

Extra Screenings

Following two sell-out sessions and a 20+ wait-list, a third session of The Sampler has been added in Gisborne (Sat 30 Oct, 7:00 pm).

Postponed Screenings

The Auckland, Hamilton and Whangārei cinema seasons are on hold until we get a clear announcement for when cinemas can reopen. We still hope to hold these sessions when we are able to but do not know the new dates yet.

Cancelled Screenings

Matamata, Havelock.

Awards Night

An announcement will be made later this week about a revamped Awards Night. Watch this space.


You can see the full programme for our rapidly mutating, highly contagious 16th variant of Show Me Shorts Film Festival here.

This year’s programme includes more world premieres than ever before. A record 14 brand new films from New Zealand and around the world are included in this year’s line-up, whose filmmakers have chosen New Zealand’s biggest little film festival as the first outing for their masterpieces. From over 1600 entries from across the globe, the Show Me Shorts selection panel has curated a spectacular programme of 75 of the world’s best short films including three music videos. 

“The challenging times we are in has brought a real depth and edginess to the films we have seen this year – it’s a programme like no other in that way. And the fact that New Zealand audiences will be the first in the world to see many of the films is an extraordinary nod to the mana of our special festival. We hope our programme will inspire and surprise our audiences. With stories of identity and longing, intrigue and drama, and tales of the chaos of love, they’ll find refreshing takes on familiar themes known to us all, new perspectives in real life stories, and some beautifully-realised animation,” – Acting Festival Director Gareth Farry

While Show Me Shorts is first and foremost an in-cinema experience, with the ability to go ahead in Alert Level 2.0 (with restrictions on numbers in the cinemas), this year there are also three online programmes – an online Sampler, an online kids’ and family programme, and a boundary-pushing Weird and Wonderful package and will be screening online via Show Me Shorts On Demand

(Bama directed by Jahvis Loveday)

Check back regularly for updates to our Auckland events and screenings along with any additional festival updates.

(Featured Image: Straight Outta Covid directed by Cesar Salmeron)