Kia ora & welcome to the 8th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival! What a year! Show Me Shorts is now New Zealand’s first Academy Awards®-accredited film festival. We received our largest number of entries ever, from over 50 countries! We have also launched several new award categories, and announced cash prizes.
Our selection of shorts this year reflects the premium quality befitting of our Oscar® qualifying status. It also tells us something about who we are as a nation, a community and an increasingly connected world.
Join us as we celebrate short film and acknowledge the New Zealanders claiming our place among the best filmmakers in the world. Along with our selection of this year’s best short films from home, we also present a sampling of the top shorts from around the globe. Acting talent on show includes Michael Richards (Seinfeld’s Kramer) in Walk the Light, and the voices of Cate Blanchett and David Wenham in the award-winning animation A Cautionary Tale.
We have 40 outstanding shorts for you, divided into six sessions. Strong themes of place and identity are evident this year, as outstanding filmmakers explore who we are and what is important to us. Staying connected to our loved ones is high on the list, either physically or digitally in this modern plugged-in world.
The six themed sessions on offer this year are: ‘Dad’s Decision’, ‘Laughing at Ourselves’, ‘Our Place’, ‘Through the Looking Glass’, ‘Interface’ and ‘My Generation’. Plus a special ‘Highlights’ package of entertaining shorts, for one-off screenings in some of our smaller locations.
I am particularly proud of the ‘My Generation’ session, which features some of our strongest films, and is being offered to school groups with a specially developed education pack of curriculum based questions for students and teachers. It’s great for adults too, so be sure to check it out!
We welcome several great new venues this year, giving more New Zealanders than ever before access to the very best short films. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch Show Me Shorts on the big screen. And take part by voting for your favourite to win the People’s Choice Award by completing our short survey (link to come).