The fringe program, shnit ENCOUNTERS, focuses on interpersonal and intercultural exchange, skills development, networking and of course celebration.

The EVENT CIRCUS section includes parties, concerts and special performances. shnit takes pride in providing those extra special meeting places for audience and filmmakers during the five festival days and nights. Not to mention that, no matter where in the world you are, shnit throws one hell of a party!

The TALENT FOCUS section provides a platform for industry events, panels or workshops for attending national and international filmmakers and guests. These events not only act as an exchange platform for festival participants, but also as a meeting point between industry players and the public, allowing shnit to function as a place of mediation and encounter between professional filmmakers and the enthusiastic audience. 


Wednesday 5 October

Slam Movie Night, Progr Aula, Bern, 9PM.

The alternative opening ceremony: shnit's first night sees local short films being pitted against one another for the favor of the audience! In a contest decided by cheering, applause and booing, one short film will prevail and win the legendary «Slammie».

Wednesday 5 October - Sunday 9 October

shnit EXPO – ART | EAT | DRINK, PROGR inner courtyard, starting 12 pm.

Visual Art and performances by BONE festival meet culinary treats, accompanied by plenty of music. The BONE Performance Art Festival Bern, together with students of the Bern University of the Arts (HKB), partakes in the shnit SPOTLIGHT | CROSSING BORDERS program with fascinating performance contributions. The crossing of borders isn't what the performing arts inherently set out to do. Borders are simply obsolete and the act of crossing them actually is the métier of those trapped within their own profession, of the territorial wardens of what we understand as categories. With "cut, slice & split", actionist holes are cut into conventional patterns of expectation and thought.

Perfomance Program | Cut, Slice & Split

Desiré Amani "La purification | Act 1" PROGR inner courtyard, Wednesday, 19:30-19:45 pm.

Desiré Amani "La purification | Act 2" Bern Mainstation 1. Gallery, Thursday,  16:00-16:15 pm.

Beat Unternährer "SEFLY", Waisenhausplatz, Thursday, 16:15-16:30 pm.

Beat Unternährer "SEFLY", Heiliggeistkirche, Friday, 16:45-17:00 pm.

Desiré Amani "La purification | Act 3" Progr inner courtyard, Friday,  19:00-19:15 pm.

Angela Stöcklin "Bon Voyage", PROGR inner courtyard, Friday, 20:30-20:40 pm.

Angela Stöcklin "Bon Voyage", PROGR Aula, Saturday, 11:00-11:10 pm.

Desiré Amani "La purification | Act 4", Kornhausforum, Saturday, 14:00-14:15 pm.

Jazmin Taco "Die goldene Maske" part 1, Progr inner courtyard (tent), Saturday, 18:00-18:10 pm.

Desiré Amani "La purification | Act 5", Progr Aula, Sunday, 11:00-11:15 pm.

Jazmin Taco "Die goldene Maske" part 2, Progr inner courtyard (tent), Sunday, 20:00-20:10 pm.

Thursday 6 October - Saturday 8 October

shnit CLUBBING, Club Bonsoir, Kapitel and ISC.

shnit invites you to dance! Thursday at Kapitel (Bollwerk 41, 23:00), Friday at Club Bonsoir (Aarbergergasse 33/35, 23:30) and Saturday at ISC (Neubrückstrasse 10, 23:00). shnit UNDERGROUND takes place in the basement floor of the GenerationenHaus (Bahnhofplatz 2), inviting you to clink glasses to some music after the last screening of the day.


Friday 7 October


Films and their creators – Hotel Schweizerhof hosts a series of workshops, enabling the audience to meet the directors of the international and Swiss competitions and engage in exchange and dialogue (free entry).

11:00–11:30 Welcome & Introduction

11:30–12:30 Bern für den Film: Career for a movie – How to find out your audience

12:30 –13:30 Sound design basics – content, concept and practical settings; by Manuel Gerber, lecturer at ZHdK, film department

15:30 –16:15 Swiss Panel: Q&A with the Swiss filmmakers from our festival

16:15 – 17:00 International Panel: Q&A with the international filmmakers from our festival

17:00 – 18:00 How to shoot a movie – How to prepare to a successful short film shooting; by Tom Gerber, lecturer at ZHdK, film department

The exclusive premiere of a Bernese short film. The film celebrates its premiere in the presence of its director and the audience (free entry).