shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a premier venue for the exhibition and celebration of short films.
Cities involved around the world
The festival is an exceptional twelve day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in multiple cities on five continents worldwide, with three main components: shnit PLAYGROUNDS, lasting five days and taking place in all of our PLAYGROUND cities around the world, shnit CINEMAS, in cinemas all around the world, and our shnit FINALE awards ceremony in New York.
The INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION includes five award categories and attracts award-winning short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition program of exceptional quality and density. Last year over 10,000 short films from 138 countries were entered, with 60 films were officially selected into international competition.
In addition, each PLAYGROUND presents National Jury and Audience Awards, in a CLOSING NIGHT ceremony held one week before the FINALE in each PLAYGROUND city.
In its twelve 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 in in the heard of Europe is now a transnational event that connects and inspires makers and fans of short films across the globe. With its cinematic treats and air of celebration of the art of the short, shnit fascinates over 30,000 visitors around the world and is fast becoming spoken of as one of the most exciting short film festivals in the world.
shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a non-profit organization. The annual festival is curated and centrally coordinated by the shnit FOUNDATION in cooperation with our PLAYGROUND executives. The organization is built on principles of excellence and professionalism, rendering the global expansion of the festival possible. As such, shnit delivers a highest quality program of new and established international short films. shnit is a member festival of the Short Film Conference and operates within a code of conduct accepted and agreed upon by its network of short film festivals.
shnit embraces diversity, originality and exchange between creators and an audience from different cultures and backgrounds. It is one of our main goals to actively increase the perception of short filmmaking by creating a multi-platform event for high quality short films. The festival feels blessed with an enthusiastic and supportive audience around the world, which continues to grow each year.
Along with the international competition and the national competitions, the festival curates programs presenting 276 short films of all genres, out of competition. Fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and more; shnit has made its mark for its bold selections, its sly, edgier take on the world and its perpetually raised eyebrow. A collection of masterpieces with charm and wit - but perhaps most importantly, with a raw humanity.
In addition, shnit ENCOUNTERS takes filmmakers, professionals and visitors into a playground beyond the silver screen: masterclasses and panels as well as interactive events and concerts. shnit offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers and industry representatives to connect, converse and conduct business beyond geographical borders. Filmmakers explore their craft, meet professionals and gain valuable insight into the world of short films.
Fuelled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is no longer just for the novice. Since its foundation, shnit has aligned its brand with a professional selection of high quality films.
We believe that a film’s success is dependent not on its budget or genre, but on its core vision and the creativity with which it communicates that vision. Programs consist of these diverse visions assembled in an order and rhythm so that even in contrast each is mutually complimentary.