Show Me Shorts Film Festival Programme Unveiled

New Zealand’s biggest little film festival has grown larger than ever.

Show Me Shorts has recently been hailed as one of the top 20 short film festivals globally, and it’s back for its 17th edition!

Show Me Shorts Film Festival will screen the best new short films from Aotearoa and across the world at 36 cinemas and community venues nationwide during 7-30 October.

Seven films will make their world premiere, making NZ audiences the first in the world to see Atali’i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent) (NZ), King Tupac (NZ), Punk It Tender (US), Split Ends (Iran), Time Tourists (NZ), Xanadu (UK), and Yaffa 11 (Israel).

Special events will include opportunities to hear from visiting international filmmakers and a programmer from Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland – the festival’s country of focus for 2022.

This is by far the largest programme ever for Show Me Shorts, with 92 films and music videos selected. The short films span a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, science fiction, fantasy, satire, documentary, animation and thriller. There are also two programmes of Whānau Friendly short films to enjoy with your tamariki.

Themed sections of the programme:

  1. The Sampler
  2. Whānau Friendly 1
  3. Swiss Focus 1
  4. The Cost of Progress
  5. Future Visions
  6. Breaking Expectations
  7. Life’s Detours
  8. Aotearoa Woven
  9. Whānau Friendly 2
  10. Swiss Focus 2: Landscapes of Dreams
  11. Twisted Twilight
  12. Isaac Bell Spotlight
  13. Spider/Bear/Shark Trilogy

Villa Junior Lemanu in Atali’i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent) – Directed by Brendan Canty

The selected films include work from talented local directors with established careers such as Mark Albiston (Datsun), Ivan Barge (Blue Smoke) and Stephen Kang (Breathe) alongside some impressive debut films from new directors like Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand (Disrupt) and Siobhan Marshall (Manny and Quinn). There are also two filmmaker spotlight sections that showcase the work of rising stars: local filmmaker Isaac Bell (Isaac Bell Spotlight), and Australian actor/stunt professional turned filmmaker Nash Edgerton (Spider/Bear/Shark Trilogy). Both filmmaker spotlight sections feature a retrospective of older and new work, that allows us to delve more deeply into these directors’ filmmaking journey, and quirky senses of humour.

The festival has selected the best of the best as it had its largest number of submissions ever this year with 2194 entries – a testament to the unstoppable creativity of filmmakers, who managed to complete their work during a pandemic.

Festival Director Gina Dellabarca has noted a larger number of animated short films being created than pre-pandemic, which makes sense as these don’t rely heavily on groups of people being in the same place. 

“We are also seeing a long-term lift in diversity with high quality shorts being produced by people from a wider range of geographic locations and perspectives on our world,” Dellabarca said..

The programme includes films from 27 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Kenya, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA and UK.

Show Me Shorts launches Friday, October 7, with Auckland Opening Night at The Hollywood, Avondale. Many of the world premieres will take place at this event – a fun and glamorous celebration of the local screen industry, as well as features from international guests.

Wellington Opening Night will follow on Thursday, October 12 at The Embassy, and then Christchurch Opening Night on Friday, October 14 at Alice Cinema.

The Awards Night – at which the eight coveted major prizes will be presented – will take place on Sunday 9 October at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket.

Show Me Shorts is an Oscars® accredited film festival, meaning the winners of the top two awards, Department of Post Best New Zealand Film and Best International Film, will become qualified to enter the Academy Awards®.

Show Me Shorts will play in Arrowtown, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, Havelock, Katikati, Matamata, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Ōpōtiki, Ōtaki, Picton, Tākaka, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangārei, Whitianga and Antarctica.

The full programme including dates, locations and booking information is now available at