ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is a premium venue for the exhibition and promotion of short films. The festival is an exceptional twelve day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in 8 cities on five continents worldwide. The festival includes four main segments – shnit PLAYGROUNDS, shnit CINEMAS, shnit EXPANDED and shnit FINALE.
The INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION includes five award categories with cash prizes of US $100.000 and attracts award- winning short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition programme of exceptional quality and density.
In its fourteen years of existence, shnit has become a major international short film festival that reinvents itself in ever new forms. What started as a local initiative is now an exceptional transnational event that connects and inspires makers and fans of short films across the globe. shnit embraces diversity, originality and exchange between creators and an audience from different cultures and backgrounds. It is the main goal to actively increase the perception of short filmmaking by creating a multi-platform event for high quality short films. With its cinematic treats, the popular festival fascinates more than 30.000 visitors and therefore belongs to the leading short film festivals in the world.
shnit is a non-profit organisation. The annual festival is created and centrally coordinated by the shnit FOUNDATION in cooperation with the executives. The organisation is built on principles of excellence and professionalism, enabling the global expansion of the festival.
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
The main focus of shnit, the shnit OPEN international competition fields around 60 short films, with shnit’s international jury awarding prizes in three length categories. There are two audience awards: shnit PLAYGROUNDS Award – shnit CINEMAS Award. But any participant within shnit OPEN is already a winner – he or she has prevailed against thousands of filmmakers from all corners of the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition programme of exceptional quality and density. From the over 10.000 films entered, a high-level programme of extraordinary diversity has emerged. Every single one of those 60 films from around 30 countries is a piece of art by itself; combined in shnit OPEN they offer a firework display of superb entertainment. From cheeky visual clips and touching documentaries to heart-melting drama, absurd comedy and mystical fairy tales – films of all length and genres are shown in 10 blocks each around 90 minutes.
On top of that, all selections competed in shnit OPEN for the favour of the audiences of the eight PLAYGROUNDS and the shnit AUDIENCE AWARD 2016. Altogether, cash prizes of US$ 100.000 are awarded to filmmakers every year.
The national competitions show-case the most exciting new productions of our PLAYGROUNDS. Those new talents dare to explore new grounds with an unerring instinct for tales and stories. The fresh short films not only stirr at the hearts; they are thought-provoking and free of commercial constraints. It therefore is on our agenda to promote national cinema and carry it beyond national boarders. Quiet often the question of «what is national cinema» arises among film enthusiasts as well as film scholars. From our point of view, it lies mostly in the art of short films where characteristics of a film language aesthetically and related to storytelling can be perceived. This is why the shnit International Shortfilmfestival features eight national competitions. As compared to international standards the national competitions also illustrate technical developments of cinema with a more current and pragmatic approach.
To honour the contributions of the different PLAYGROUNDS, the national juries will award each nation’s best short film. In 2016 we proudly presented the following national competitions:
- SWISS MADE
- MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA
- MADE IN COSTA RICA
- MADE IN ARGENTINA
- MADE IN RUSSIA
- MADE IN CHINA
- MADE IN EGYPT
- MADE IN THAILAND
shnit International Shortfilmfestival
CH – Switzerland
Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, ...
MAXIMUM SHORT FILM DURATION: 40 minutes
FESTIVAL HAS AN ENTRY FEE
Entry accepted in two categories:
1) INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Early Deadline: 1st March 2016 | 25 US-$
Regular Deadline: 1st May 2016 | 35 US-$
Late Deadline: 1st June 2016 | 45 US-$
2) NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
Same Deadlines | No entryfee | eligible countries: Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand | Submission automatically qualify for consideration for INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION