Watch New Zealand short films with Lightbox

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 Pacific heritage lends; combined with our pragmatic ‘number 8 wire’ attitude. In that spirit, Show Me Shorts has partnered with Lightbox to give even more Kiwis access to our selections of the top NZ short films.


Our annual film festival is still the main way that our team shares the best new short films from around the world with New Zealanders. But now there is another option to see our shorts, via Lightbox. With the help of Lightbox, Show Me Shorts is showcasing these short-but-sweet, original, creative and inspiring little narratives all year around. Every day. Twenty-four seven. There are 75 short films from the Show Me Shorts back-catalogue available for viewing right here.

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Lightbox is a principle sponsor of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival, proudly getting in behind Kiwi filmmakers and supporting local production. As Show Me Shorts is an Academy Awards®-accredited festival, the winner of the Lightbox Best Film Award is eligible for entry to the Oscars®.

In 2015, The Tide Keeper, directed by Alyx Duncan won the Lightbox Best Film Award, her film now qualifies to enter the 2017 Oscars®. Duncan also received $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, a membership to StarNow, a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software, a bottle of Opawa pinot noir and flowers from Enchanted Rose. Her award winning short film is available now on Lightbox (season 6, episode 10).

Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says 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 the Show Me Shorts sponsorship. 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.

Show Me Shorts Festival Director Gina Dellabarca says, “We are thrilled to be working with Lightbox. The collections they are showcasing have been carefully curated to include many of New Zealand’s top short films, on par with best in the world.

The Show Me Shorts partnership with Lightbox offers a remarkable relationship between strong local short films and the transition to online “anywhere, anytime” television. More than 100,000 Lightbox customers across New Zealand now have access to a curated selection of 75 highlights from the Show Me Shorts catalogue.

Here’s the list of the newest short films from Show Me Shorts 2015:

  • The Grind, directed by Kyan Krumdieck
  • Cub, directed by Jamie Lawrence
  • UFO, directed by Gregory David King
  • Whistle Blower, directed by Nicole van Heerden
  • A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry, directed by Jake Mahaffy
  • The One and Only, directed by Arthur Gay and Peter Hansen
  • Not Like Her, directed by Hash Perambalam
  • Turtlebank Hustler, directed by Steve McGillen
  • The Tidekeeper, directed by Alyx Duncan
  • Space Trash Men, directed by Ben Childs
  • The Lawnmower, Bandit directed by Jacki van Beek
  • Tits on a Bull, directed by Tim Worrall

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.