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shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

Edition 16 | 18 - 28 OCTOBER 2018

shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a premium venue for the exhibition and promotion of short films. Once safely confined within Swiss borders, it has become an exceptional transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in 8 cities on five continents worldwide, including three main events: shnit PLAYGROUNDS, shnit CINEMAS and shnit FINALE. In its twelve years of existence, shnit has become a major international festival that reinvents itself in ever new forms. Award winners are determined by international JURY and PLAYGROUND & CINEMAS audiencs worldwide. The shnit OPEN competition attracts short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition programme of exceptional quality & density! shnit embraces diversity, originality and exchange between creators and an audience from different cultures and backgrounds. With its cinematic treats, the popular festival captivates up to 40.000 visitors around the world, ending in style at the international awards ceremony in New York. 




shnit International Shortfilmfestival

Festival presentation: 

As ambitious as it is unforgettably bold, shnit International Shortfilmfestival unfolds simultaneously in multiple cities on five continents, bringing together more than 30,000 filmmakers and film lovers in ways rarely experienced elsewhere on the festival circuit. Over its 12 days, shnit celebrates more than 200 short films of all genres and styles and gives away US$100,000 in cash prizes. 


Information, registration and regulations: 

Festival Nickname: 
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shnit International Shortfilmfestival
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Animated Films
Digital / DVD
Fiction Features
Music video
Short films
Student film
Video / TV
Festival Info
Next Festival Dates: 
10/18/2018 - 10/28/2018
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Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Film submission amount: 
ca. 7000
Submission accepted on 
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International Competition entries will be entered automatically into your National Competition where applicable.  Films can compete in both National and International Competition simultaneously.

Enter your short film on:

FilmfreewayWithoutaboxFilmfestivallifeShortfilmdepot, Festhome, or on our entry form.

For film schools and film students: enter here


For eight years, the shnit OPEN International Competition has presented THE FLAMING FAUN statuette to filmmakers from all around the world.

The statuette THE FLAMING FAUN was designed by Dutch artist Ineke Pijn, and has since been awarded to filmmakers from all over the world. The Faun is a mythological spirit of the forest and serves as a guide – in our case through the tangled jungle that is the film business.

The FAUN is gold casted and sits enthroned on a handcrafted stone pedestal. FLAMING stands for passion with a double meaning – both the passionate filmmaker and the contagious enthusiasm of winning an award. But only with its cheeky gesture does the FAUN reveals its integrity. The expression is open to interpretation, but «to cock a snook at somebody» could be the symbolic reaction of a winner to all obstacles and struggles one has to deal with in producing a film. We did it, against all odds!

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