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2021 Programme Announcement & Latest Updates

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

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:

Auckland Season

The Rialto Newmarket season has been postponed by one week, now running from Sat 9 – Wed 20 October. Most other Auckland dates/locations, including The Vic and Lopdell House on Fri 8 October, remain unchanged.

Christchurch and Wellington Opening Nights

These are now our two main launch events. They are going ahead as scheduled. Christchurch tickets are on sale now under level 2 restrictions. The seating capacity will expand once Christchurch is down to level 1. Wellington tickets will go on sale soon, once we have confirmation of the alert level.

Auckland Opening Night

A large launch event in Auckland will not be possible at alert level 2. Instead, we have opted to stage our main Auckland event – Awards Night – near the end of our season and maximise the chances we can share this with a big crowd at level 1. This will now be on Sun 17 October at Rialto Newmarket. Ticketing information and exact timings will be announced soon, once we have confirmation of the alert level.

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 online package and will be screening online via Shift 72, a New Zealand based platform. 

(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)