Watch New Zealand short films with Lightbox

The licence Lightbox had on our short film catalogue has recently expired but you can watch some on TVNZ on Demand


New Zealanders are acknowledged as world-leaders in making short films. We think it’s got something to do with the strong tradition of oral story telling that our Maori and Pacific heritage lends; combined with our pragmatic ‘number 8 wire’ attitude. In that spirit, Show Me Shorts has partnered with Lightbox to give more Kiwis access to our selections of top NZ short films.

The collections we are showcasing on Lightbox have been carefully curated to include many of New Zealand’s top short films, on par with best in the world. This partnership with Lightbox offers online “anywhere, anytime” television to more than 100,000 Lightbox customers across New Zealand.

Our annual film festival is still the main way we share the best new short films from around the world with New Zealanders. But now there is another option to see our shorts. There are 75 short films from the Show Me Shorts back-catalogue available for viewing right here.

Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock said the alignment with Show Me Shorts is big news for the service and its customers. She supports the service’s drive to provide quality local content alongside top-rated international TV shows.

“At Lightbox we love local and we are enormously proud to fulfill our intention to get behind local productions, both television and now film through Show Me Shorts. We believe it’s extremely important for New Zealanders to have access to local stories and New Zealand-produced film. Kiwis are great storytellers and film helps us maintain that heritage, as the shorts in this collection demonstrate. Many of them tell the stories of who we are as a people, where we come from and how our nation was shaped. Others celebrate our Kiwi idiosyncrasies, and inspire the next generation,” Ms Niblock says.

Click here to watch the Show Me Shorts films on Lightbox. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to the service.

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