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 worldwide 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 Worldwide 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.