shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival
Marktgasse 36
Bern, Switzerland

Thu 17th Oct to Mon 28th Oct
Submission deadline: Thu 20th Jun 19

Festival Overview

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is a premier venue for the exhibition and promotion of short films. The festival is an exceptional twelve-day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in eight cities on five continents worldwide. The festival includes three main segments:

shnit FINALE

In its seventeen 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 is now an exceptional transnational event that connects and inspires makers and fans of short films across the globe. shnit embraces diversity, originality, and exchange between creators and an audience from different cultures and backgrounds. It is the main goal to actively increase the perception of short filmmaking by creating a multi-platform event for high-quality short films. With its cinematic treats, the popular festival fascinates more than 35.000 visitors and therefore belongs to the leading short film festivals in the world.

shnit is a non-profit organization. The annual festival is created and centrally coordinated by the shnit FOUNDATION in cooperation with the executives. The organization is built on principles of excellence and professionalism, enabling the global expansion of the festival possible.


The shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival includes five award categories with total cash prizes of US $24.000 and attracts award-winning short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition program of exceptional quality and density. The prestigious award THE FLAMING FAUN is granted to the winners during shnit FINALE in New York.


The audience decides by voting in all INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS (INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION & WORLDWIDE COMPETITION) the following award (will be given to the film director(s)):
• shnit AUDIENCE Award: Festival trophy THE FLAMING FAUN for the best film in this competition


The organizers will nominate an international Jury of three members. Films with PLAYGROUNDS* premiere status will be considered primary. The following prizes will be given to the film directors:
• shnit JURY Award: Festival trophy THE FLAMING FAUN & 5.000 US$ for the best film in this competition


The organizers will designate a president of the shnit TRIBUTE to elect the three winners out of the nine nominated films. Nominations are done by the shnit TRIBUTE members. The members of the shnit TRIBUTE are former participants of INTERNATIONAL and
NATIONAL COMPETITIONS who can give their vote on the shnit TRIBUTE platform. The following prizes will be given to the film directors:
• shnit TRIBUTE Award | Category up to 10 minutes: Festival trophy THE FLAMING FAUN & 3.000 US$ for the best film in this category
• shnit TRIBUTE Award | Category up to 20 minutes: Festival trophy THE FLAMING FAUN & 3.000 US$ for the best film in this category
• shnit TRIBUTE Award | Category up to 40 minutes: Festival trophy THE FLAMING FAUN & 3.000 US$ for the best film in this category


The organizers nominate one national jury per PLAYGROUND*. The kind of honoring per NATIONAL COMPETITION varies and is specified in the letter of confirmation. The following films are eligible for a NATIONAL COMPETITION:
• Origin of the film production from one of the PLAYGROUND* countries
• Origin of the film director from one of the PLAYGROUND* countries

Submissions for a NATIONAL COMPETITION automatically qualify as entries for all INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONs. Double submission is not necessary.


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Open to the public


• The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets.
• Submissions may not be withdrawn from the festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the festival.


• Accepted screening formats digital file (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264)


• free deadline 1st of March, no submission fee/film
• earlybird deadline 1st of May, submission fee 25 USD/film
• regular deadline 1st of June, submission fee 35 USD/film
• final deadline 20th o fJune, submission fee 45USD/film

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