shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival celebrates its tenth year in South Africa


In honour of this milestone, the festival and partners will host a series of legacy screenings and retrospectives in Cape Town and Johannesburg before another world class line up of films hits screens in October. The festival will once again see South African and international shorts screening in and out of competition, with Jury and Audience Awards presented.

An icon of South African theatre and film will serve in the position of Jury President in 2019, to be announced in July. The deadline for entries is June 1 and entry is FREE for South African filmmakers.

shnit is an exceptional non-profit film event hosted simultaneously on five continents.  A veteran host city, Cape Town joined the shnit network in 2010. The festival has since grown to include hosts Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose, with a global awards Finale hosted in New York. The International Competition presents total cash prizes of US$ 20,000 over five categories and attracts award-winning filmmakers from around the globe. In addition, each host city presents National Jury and Audience Awards.

Driven by passion for local cinema, over 10 years in Cape Town shnit has screened over 240 South African shorts, screened to 40,000 audience members in the city and surrounds, hosted hundreds of local filmmakers and dozens of panels and masterclasses, produced 19 films through the Realtime competition, awarded 27 National prizes and seen multitudes of local filmmakers go on to South African and international film industry success.  Globally, shnit has awarded hundreds of thousands of Dollars in prize money, predicted Oscar-winning and nominated shorts yearly and felt the impact of short film in as many as 30 cities.

A highlight on South Africa’s festival calendar, shnit 2019 takes place 17-28 October in venues in and around Cape Town.  The official schedule and film line up will be announced in September.

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival. Taking South African shorts to the world.

SOUTH AFRICAN FILMMAKERS: The MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA National Competition is FREE to enter and entries are automatically entered into all International Competition categories.  There is no need to pay International Competition submission fees.

AFRICAN FILMMAKERS: shnit is making a push for African films and filmmakers. Filmmakers not eligible for the MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA or MADE IN EGYPT categories are able to mail to receive a promo discount code for the International Competition.


Films must be completed after 1 June 2017
Max. running time: 40 minutes (including credits). No restrictions on genre, content, language
Regulations and Entry through FilmFreeway []

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For information about shnit globally and locally, head to the shnit Website.


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