How Me Shorts, Auckland, 24 June 2014: The deadline for entries into the ninth annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival is almost here. Anyone wanting their short film or music video considered for this year’s festival must submit before 1 July.
The Show Me Shorts Best Film Award winner will qualify for entry to the Oscars®! Short film entries of all genres are welcome. Details about the submission process can be found here.
Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s leading short film festival, showcasing films from New Zealand and around the world. This November the festival will take place in 20 locations nationwide. From hundreds of entries received from over 50 countries around the world, the 40 best short films and six music videos will be chosen and curated into six unique themed sessions. The music video session is a newly created competition category this year.
Show Me Shorts is proud to be the first and only film festival in New Zealand to receive Academy Awards® accreditation. For local filmmakers, this means they are no longer restricted to winning an award at an international festival to gain entry to the Oscars®. In 2015 Honk If You’re Horny (writer/director Joe Lonie) will be eligible for consideration for the Oscars® thanks to winning the 2013 Rush Munro’s Best Film award. Show Me Shorts is also an IMDb qualifying festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast tracked title page on IMDb.com.
Show Me Shorts has two main entry categories:
Films made by New Zealanders or with significant New Zealand content are eligible for the ‘New Zealand Short Films’ entry category. Films made without significant New Zealand contribution or content are eligible for the ‘International Short Films’ entry category. Music video makers can enter the ‘New Zealand Music Video’ entry category that was announced earlier this year.
The total prize pool for Show Me Shorts 2014 is valued at more than $35,000 (including a range of cash prizes), and there are now over 10 different award categories. Films must be 2 – 20 minutes long, and made within the last two years. (Music videos must be between one and ten minutes long.)
Filmmakers at all levels, from beginner to expert, are welcome to apply. Films and music videos with high production values will be given extra weight in the selection process, as will those that make their New Zealand premiere during the festival.
For inspiration, budding filmmakers can view the ‘Screening Room’ section of the Show Me Shorts website, featuring short films to view online every month, arranged by theme, filmmaker or genre. Subscribe to the Show Me Shorts email newsletter to receive the monthly ‘Screening Room’ postings and other short film news and events.
The final entry deadline for Show Me Shorts 2014 is 5pm Tuesday 1 July. For further information about entering a short film, view the full entry guidelines, or to enter your short film directly go to Withoutabox.