Show Me Shorts has announced 1 October as its opening night, moving forward a few weeks from its customary early November start.
Festival director Gina Dellabarca told SCREENZ the organisers had wanted to move the festival earlier for some years, but didn’t want to compete head-to-head with another festival. The disappearance of Tony Lambert’s Italian Film Festival from the calendar had enabled the festival to commence its run a bit earlier.
Show Me Shorts also announced a record 1,500 submissions from more than 60 countries – a 50% increase over last year’s numbers. Those numbers mean the festival hasn’t yet confirmed its selections, although the team is getting close.
This year, we are going bigger than ever before. NZ’s first Oscar-qualifying festival will start with the Opening Night and Awards Ceremony on 1 October at Auckland’s Civic Theatre, and will have its Wellington opening night on 13 October at The Embassy. Tickets are now available for both events.
Dates for many centres are also announced.
Picture, top: Show Me Shorts 2016 Best Film winner, Alyx Duncan’s The Tide Keeper