Founded in Berne, Switzerland in 2003, shnit enjoys an unusually creative (and rather unorthodox) approach to showcasing the medium of short film. The Festival offers a menu of distinguished tastes – mild and hearty, sweet and adventurous, crispy and juicy or home grown flavor and exotic delights. The main course consists of the international competition called shnit-OPEN, rewarding outstanding films from all over the world. The films tell us of life’s little pleasures and provide insights into other culture’s joys and tribulations.
“It‘s our aim to actively increase the perception of short ﬁlm making around the globe. Therefore we passionately promote short ﬁlm as an independent art form in the ﬁeld of audio- visual media and cinema” says festival founder Olivier van der Hoeven. “We embrace diversity, originality and exchange between creators and a growing audience across the globe.”
Short films are attractive for their dazzling diversity and their impressive precision. Fueled 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. The curating of short film programs is a careful and dedicated enterprise that requires full commitment – there is no other way when you receive over 4,000 competition entries.
The section IN COMPETITION is the core of the festival. In addition to competition entries, thematic programs are shown giving insights into various thematic areas, film genres and techniques at the current pulse of short film making. The program is divided between four sections showing a selection of the best short films from around the world: IN COMPETITION, A REAL TREAT, OUT OF CURIOSITY, and FOR SPECIAL INTEREST. shnit-OPEN is the spotlight of the festival because it’s a widely acclaimed international competition with cash prizes. More than 4,000 short ﬁlms from over 100 countries have been submitted to this year’s competition.
In order to reflect the diversity of short films, shnit has created several awards for films IN COMPETITION. The members of the international festival jury grant three awards. One award is granted by the audience and one by the artistic direction.
Best Short Film 2012 – Jury Award – Category up to 10 Minutes – $20,000
Best Short Film 2012 – Jury Award – Category up to 20 Minutes – $20,000
Best Short Film 2012 – Jury Award – Category up to 40 Minutes – $20,000
Best Short Film 2012 – Audience Award – International Competition – $20,000
Best Short Film 2012 – Festival Award – International Competition – $20,000
A REAL TREAT is the audience’s favorite special series of programs- the ideal choice for cherry pickers featuring shnit classics. The FEEL GOOD program is ideal to treat yourself with a full load of short films that give warm fuzzy feelings. Keep your eyes and ears wide open for the marvelous world of animation shorts in the shnit ANIMATES program. Satisfy your curiosity at the PEEPING shnit, a soft but lustful peep delight that offers more than just the old in-and-out.
FOR SPECIAL INTEREST Brevity is the soul of wit, they say. Short documentaries detect social constructions of reality with unexpected depth and precision, presented within shnit DOCUMENTS. shnit EXPERIMENTS comprises films that explore audacious and powerful new ways to use moving images and sound to convey emotions and tell stories.
OUT OF CURIOSITY inspires the open minded audience interested in cultural discovery from far and wide. The range of the selection of typical, impressive or curios shorts from around the globe will expand your mind and senses. Cinematic retrospectives will have you travel back in time and will slow your pace down.
About The Shnit International Short Film Festival
The shnit FOUNDATION (CH-036.7.053.240-1) is an international non-profit registered foundation based in Switzerland. Their mission is to promote and support short filmmaking around the globe to an ever growing audience, by creating a multi-platform event for high quality short films.
San Francisco’s favorite presenter of independent film, SF IndieFest, is proud to be the only North American presenter of the shnit international short film festival. Founded in 2003 in Bern, Switzerland, shnit is now presented simultaneously in ten cities on five continents: Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Cologne, Lagos, San Francisco, San José, Singapore [...]