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Show Me Shorts’ road to the Oscars

After its early summer outing, Show Me Shorts has now opened its doors for submissions for its 2015 edition, the festival’s 10th.

Matthew Saville's 2014 Show Me Shorts winner,Dive

Matthew Saville’s 2014 Show Me Shorts winner,Dive

“Show Me Shorts is looking for well-crafted cinematic stories that resonate with audiences and stay with them after the curtains have closed,” says Festival Director Gina Dellabarca.

2014 saw a record increase in box office numbers of 27%, entry numbers up by more than 33% and the festival spread to 20 cinema locations nationwide.

The top award went to Julia Parnell and Matthew Saville for their fantasy drama, Dive. These filmmakers took away cash and other great prizes from a total prize pool valued at more than $25,000. They were also awarded qualifying status for the 2016 Academy Awards®.

A UK film selected for the international section of the Show Me Shorts 2014 programme was a 2015 Oscar contender. Drama The Phone Call was EPed and co-written by James Lucas, who grew up in Christchurch.

Show Me Shorts is also calling for New Zealand music videos again this year, with a special reduced-price submission category.

The 2015 deadlines and submission fees are:

  • Earlybird deadline: 15 April 2015 (shorts US$25 / music videos US$10)
  • Regular deadline: 15 May 2015 (shorts US$30 / music videos US$15)
  • Late deadline: 15 June 2015 (shorts US$35 / music videos US$20)
  • Extended deadline: 1 July 2015 (shorts US$40 / music videos US$25)

Full submission details are available at showmeshorts.co.nz.

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