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Call to enter shnit International shortfilmfestival

The 11th edition of the shnit International shortfilmfestival will be held 2-6 October 2013, in Cape Town, as well as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Buenos Aires, the US, Nigeria, Egypt, Costa Rica and Singapore. International submissions are open for films of all genres, with a total length up to 40 minutes.
In five categories, CHF100 000/80 000 euros/USD105 000 in total prize money will be awarded.

Once safely confined within the Swiss borders, the shnit International shortfilmfestival has a unique concept - a transnational film festival simultaneously celebrating and sharing the exciting world of short film in 10 cities on five continents. It embraces diversity, originality and exchange between creators and an ever-growing global audience. With its cinematic treats, the festival fascinates more than 45,000 visitors yearly.

Submission information, entry forms and regulations are available from

SA award categories

Submissions are accepted via DVD or online screener. Films are to be programmed in International Competition and in multiple out-of-competition categories. South African entries are also considered for the Made in South Africa award category and Kaapse Bobotie out-of-competition category.

All film selections will take place in Bern, Switzerland. South African screeners can, however, be delivered to Shnit International shortfilmfestival SA, 47 Ritchie Street, University Estate, Cape Town, 7925.

Entry is in Free and Pro-entry categories.

Feedback system

shnit Open - pro entry (with entry fee): With the shnit Open - pro entry, the festival provides a feedback system which is unique within the scope of film festivals. The aim is to give filmmakers valuable feedback on their work to enhance their artistic potential for future projects and for other festival submissions. Usually festivals do not give substantial nor personal feedback.

The submitter gets the following extra add-on package:

  • Short-list pre-selection by the artistic directors (final rounds of selection).
  • Personal individual feedback for every film you enter by the artistic directors.
  • Free online access to shnit Cinema.

There is a submission fee to enter your films to the shnit Open - pro entry. The costs equate to the administration of these entries in order to guarantee individual treatment for the feedback system.

Deadline for all entries is 1 June 2013.


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