Submissions for 2017 now open

Submissions are now open for the 12th edition of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival.

Show Me Shorts 2017 will take place this Spring in more than 20 cinemas nationwide from Kaitaia to Stewart Island – and even Antarctica!

The festival is seeking short films between two and twenty minutes long, from Aotearoa and around the globe. New Zealand music videos between one and ten minutes long are also invited to submit.

Short films can be of any genre. We accept animation, documentary, comedy, horror, drama and everything in between. We do have a preference for well-crafted narrative-style films with strong audience appeal, as well as films that are making their premiere in our festival.

Submissions are processed via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.

Why should you enter Show Me Shorts?

GET SEEN ACROSS NEW ZEALAND: If you want your short film to be seen in New Zealand, Show Me Shorts is your best choice. We are the only festival dedicated exclusively to screening short films throughout Aotearoa. That means that all of our energy goes into making connecting your short film with our audiences.

WORK WITH THE BEST: We’ve been doing this for over a decade. We have the experience, the relationships and the passion.

WIN AWARDS: All selected films compete for a range of awards and a prize pool valued at more than NZ$30,000. Show Me Shorts is proud to be New Zealand’s first Academy Awards® accredited festival, with the winners of our Lightbox Best Film and Best International Film Awards eligible for nomination for an Oscar®. Check out the Prizes page of our website for the full list of awards and prizes.

GET REPRESENTATION: We have also recently started acting as a sales agent for short films that have screened in our festival. We will offer to represent your short film, making sales to TV channels and VOD platforms both in New Zealand and internationally.

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: As part of the festival, Show Me Shorts also provides resources, professional development and networking opportunities for filmmakers through our Short Film Talks, Filmmaker Resources and Aotearoa Short Film Lab for screenwriters.

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How do you enter?

Click through to submit your film via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.


  • Earlybird Deadline: 1 April 2017 (shorts US$25 / music videos US$10)
  • Regular Deadline: 1 May 2017 (shorts US$30 / music videos US$15)
  • Late Deadline: 1 June 2017 (shorts US$35 / music videos US$20)
  • Extended Deadline: 15 June 2017 (shorts US$40 / music videos US$25)

Check out our FAQ page to see a list of answers to common questions.