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Tickets for the opening nights are now on sale!

Tickets for the Auckland and Wellington gala launch events go on sale today!

We are excited to announce that 2016 has been a record-breaking year for Show Me Shorts, with over 1,500 submissions received from more than 60 countries – a massive 50% increase year-on-year.

This year, we are going bigger than ever before. The Festival begins with the Opening Night and Awards Ceremony on 1 October at Auckland’s Civic Theatre, from there travel to more than 25 cinemas across Aotearoa, from Kaitaia to Stewart Island.

Be there to watch in nine categories are awarded on the night and the audience gets the first glimpse of the winning films. The event is a glamourous night where we bring together both film makers and film enthusiasts to celebrate the best and brightest in the industry. As New Zealand’s only Academy Awards®-accredited film festival, winners of the Lightbox Best Film Award and the Best International Film Award automatically receive qualification for entry into the 2017 Academy Awards®.

The Wellington Opening Night will be held on 13 October at the most pretsigious cinema in arguable New Zealand’s film capital – The Embassy Theatre.

Tickets for Auckland’s Opening Night and Awards Ceremony are available through Ticketmaster. Tickets for the Wellington Opening Night are available through The Embassy website.

Show Me Shorts ambassador Miranda Harcourt said, “Show Me Shorts goes from strength to strength. I am proud to be helping to spread the word about the great stories and amazing craft that NZ produces by always showing NZ shorts in my classes. But I am only one person! If it wasn’t for Show Me Shorts and their great networks, far fewer people would be seeing and enjoying NZ work on screen.”

If you’re unable to make it to Auckland Central or Wellington, then head to our programme page to see when the Festival will be playing in a town near you.