Two Audience Awards, the Grand Jury prize and four Special Jury Award categories were presented during the ceremony that saw jurors Dr John Kani, Lauren Beukes, Kagiso Lediga and Gaopie Kabe (via remote) speak enthusiastically about the level of local filmmaking on show at the festival and the challenge in selecting their winning films.
Shnit’s International Awards will be presented in New York City late in 2019. National Award ceremonies took place over the official festival weekend in Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose.
All in all, over 200 films were eligible in competition in 2019. Shnit will return in October 2020.
Made In South Africa Jury Award
Made In South Africa Audience Award
Local Flavour Audience Award
Special Jury Awards
The festival and jury paid tribute to Andile Gumbi, a leading performer in Shnit’s Made In South Africa Jury Award-winner, “The Letter Reader”. The star of stage and screen was announced to have passed away after suffering a tragic heart attack in Israel one week prior. His talent and passion will be missed by the South African film industry.