THE WINNERS | 2015

Sunday 18th October saw shnit International Shortfilmfestival close in style as VIP guests, fans and filmmakers packed New York’s elegant rooftop event space The Skylark to celebrate the presentation of the festival’s International Awards in five categories and $100,000 in cash prizes.

Jury President, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher poured praise onto the nominees as he took to the stage to personally award three Jury category prizes, highlighting the depth and artistry of all of the nominees, noting that, "Together, these films represent one of the most remarkable collections of short films that I've ever seen," addressing a receptive audience during a low key, vibrant and frequently funny ceremony that also saw him in conversation with Festival Director Olivier van der Hoeven and host Sean Drummond.   

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In addition to the Jury prizes, two international Audience Awards were presented.  PLAYGROUNDS voting took place over the official festival weekend in Bern, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose, and again during the shnit CINEMAS run in multiple cities around the world in the lead up to the Finale.  Each award represents a collective global vote.  The five winning filmmakers had flown in from all around the world and gave heartfelt acceptance speeches.  Each receives the coveted Flaming Faun trophy - designed and cast in bronze and 18 carat gold and mounted on a black slate foundation stone – as well as $20,000 in cash. 


AUDIENCE AWARDS

THE FLAMING FAUN
shnit PLAYGROUNDS Award– Chosen by the Audience

DISSONANCE by Till Nowak, Germany

LOVE IS BLIND by Dan Hodgson, UK

WINNER: REALITY +  by Coralie Fargeat, France

 

THE FLAMING FAUN
shnit CINEMAS Award– Chosen by the Audience

 LOVE IS BLIND by Dan Hodgson, UK

PERE by Lotfi Achour, Tunisia/France

WINNER: CONTRAPELO by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Mexico/USA

SEE THE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS


JURY AWARDS

THE FLAMING FAUN
shnit JURY Award – Category up to 10 min

MY HONEYMOON by Eileen Hofer, Switzerland

GLEICHGEWICHT by Bernhard Wenger, Germany

WINNER: LOVE IS BLIND by Dan Hodgson, UK

 

 THE FLAMING FAUN
shnit JURY Award – Category up to 20 min

 CONTAPELO by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Mexico/USA

PRENDS MOI by Anais Barbeau-Lavalete and Andre Turpin, Quebec/Canada

WINNER: YUL ET LE SERPENT by Gabriel Harel, France

 

 THE FLAMING FAUN
shnit JURY Award – Category up to 40 min

REALITY + by Coralie Fargeat, France

OH, LUCY! by Atsuko Hirayanagi, Japan/Singapore/USA

WINNER: ALLES WIRD GUT by Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria

SEE THE JURY AWARD WINNERS


 

A world’s worth of festival managers were present to see the winners awarded. In addition to the International Awards, Jury and Audience awards were presented in six of shnit’s eight host cities.

SEE THE NATIONAL COMPETITION WINNERS


In a year that saw thousands of entries into the festival, shnit’s exponential growth continues and the festival continues to make its mark as one of the planet’s most exciting short film platforms.