Show Me Shorts Film Festival

New Zealand

festival

Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. We work to connect New Zealanders with the best short films from here and around the world; celebrate excellence in short film making; and foster the short film community.

Each year our experienced team of programmers curate a selection of the best short films from Aotearoa and around the world, plus some of the top local music videos. We prioritise cinematic narrative-style films with strong audience appeal, as well as films that are making their premiere in our festival.

Founded in 2006 at a single venue, Show Me Shorts has grown to become a nationwide event celebrating the short film art form, and championing the filmmakers. The festival now takes place at more than 25 cinemas nationwide, from Kaitaia to Stewart Island.

We launch the festival with a glamorous opening and awards night event at the country’s most prestigious picture palace The Civic in Auckland.

As part of the festival, Show Me Shorts also provides resources, professional development and networking opportunities for aspiring short film makers through our Short Film Talks, Filmmaker Resources and Aotearoa Short Film Lab for screenwriters.

Event date

05.10.2019 ⟶ 23.10.2019

We are proud to celebrate and acknowledge the work of filmmakers who achieve excellence. As as an Oscar®-qualifying festival the winners of our coveted Best New Zealand Film Award and Best International Film Award become eligible to enter the Academy Awards®. Here is the list of awards and prizes:

Best New Zealand Film Award
Oscar®-qualifying status. NZ$2,000 cash. Department of Post post-production services to the value of NZ$10,000. Rubber Monkey gear rental to value of NZ$5,000. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best International Film Award
Oscar®-qualifying status. NZ$2,000 cash. Final Draft writing software. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Director Award
NZ$500 cash. One-year membership to DEGNZ. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate. One-year membership to DEGNZ for the finalists.

Best Editor Award
NZ$500 cash. One-year membership to DEGNZ. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate. One-year membership to DEGNZ for the finalists.

Best Music Video Award
NZ$1,500 cash. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Special Jury Prize
NZ$1,500 cash. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Actor Award
NZ$500 cash. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Cinematographer Award
Panavision camera gear rental to value of NZ$12,000. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Best Screenplay Award
Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

People’s Choice Award
NZ$1,500 cash. Final Draft writing software. Flowers. Bronze winners badge. Certificate.

Event Adress (map)
Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Rialto Centre
167-169 Broadway
Newmarket, Auckland
New Zealand

Admin Adress
PO Box 6685
Ponsonby
Auckland
New Zealand

Entry fee:
US$25 – US$40 (shorts)
US$10 – US$25 (music videos)

  • Oscar-Qualifying

Gina Dellabarca

(Festival Director)

Gina Dellabarca, MNZM is the Festival Director for Show Me Shorts, which she co-founded in 2006. She is Vice-chair of the Short Film Conference – a world-wide organization working to promote the status of the short film and unite the global short film community. Her background includes cinema programming and management, marketing and publicity for films, festivals and major attractions.