WIFT member to headline SMS Gala Opening

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

Tickets for Show Me Shorts 2016 gala events now on sale and our own WIFT member Jackie van Beek is MCing the opening night in Auckland!

It's a record-breaking year already with over 1,500 submissions received for SMS from more than 60 countries - a massive 50 per cent increase on last year. So they are having openings in Auckland AND Wellington.

From these 1,500 short films, the programming team need to select just 40 films and six music videos to include in this year's line-up.

This year, the Festival will travel to more than 25 cinemas across Aotearoa, from Kaitaia to Stewart Island.

The Opening Night and Awards Ceremony will be held on 1 October at The Civic in Auckland, where Show Me Shorts brings together both film makers and film enthusiasts to celebrate the best and brightest in the industry. The event is a glamourous night out, this year hosted by WIFT member and comedian and actress, Jackie van Beek (Funny Girls, What We Do In The Shadows).

Winners in nine categories are awarded on the night and the audience gets the first glimpse of the winning films. As New Zealand's only Academy Awards�-accredited film festival, winners of the Lightbox Best Film Award and the Best International Film Award automatically receive qualification for entry into the 2017 Academy Awards�.

The Wellington Opening Night will be held at The Embassy on 13 October. This is the first time that the festival has screened at the most prestigious cinema in arguably New Zealand's film capital.

Tickets for Auckland's Opening Night and Awards Ceremony are available through Ticketmaster. Tickets for the Wellington Opening Night are available through The Embassy website.

More details are available at www.showmeshorts.co.nz