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"The faun, a mythological sylvan spirit or spirit of the forest, guides us through the twisting jungles of the film business."


For nine years, the shnit International Competition has presented THE FLAMING FAUN statuette to filmmakers from all around the world.

The statuette THE FLAMING FAUN was designed by Dutch artist Ineke Pijn, and has since been awarded to filmmakers from all over the world. The Faun is a mythological spirit of the forest and serves as a guide – in our case through the tangled jungle that is the film business.

The FAUN is gold casted and sits enthroned on a handcrafted stone pedestal. FLAMING stands for passion with a double meaning – both the passionate filmmaker and the contagious enthusiasm of winning an award. But only with its cheeky gesture does the FAUN reveals its integrity. The expression is open to interpretation, but «to cock a snook at somebody» could be the symbolic reaction of a winner to all obstacles and struggles one has to deal with in producing a film. We did it, against all odds!


shnit TRIBUTE Award – Category up to 10 min

United States | 2015 | Fiction | 8 min
Dir.: Andrew Laurich

A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father over an absurd request.

shnit TRIBUTE Award – Category up to 20 min

Netherlands, Syria | 2015 | Doc. | 12 min
Dir.: Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen, Issa Tourma

The first nine days of the rapidly changing uprising in Aleppo; observations recorded by the renowned Syrian photographer Issa Touma from his window in the old city.

shnit TRIBUTE Award  Category up to 40 min

Poland | 2015 | Fiction | 30 min
Dir.: Aleksandra Terpinska

Once upon a time in America... Two friends – Anka and Dzastina – dream of a better life. When they decide to hitch-hike, an innocent adventure irreversibly changes their mutual relations.



shnit PLAYGROUNDS Award 
Chosen by the Audience

United Kingdom | 2015 | Fiction | 17 min
Dir.: Toby Fell-Holden

Tina, a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to Dana, an Afghani girl, who, as Tina tells us, is oppressively victimised by her substance abusing father, Karim. Initially, we trust Tina and admire her protectiveness of Dana from the kids at school and on the violent estate, but as we watch their friendship blossom we come to suspect that something is off.

shnit CINEMAS Award
Chosen by the Audience

United States | 2016 | Fiction | 14 min
Dir.: Nolan Cubero

A young father is forced to share custody of his daughters with his ex-wife, whose new boyfriend has a history of sexual assault.





The thousands of shnit TRIBUTE-members nominate three films per time category and the President then chooses the three winners of THE FLAMING FAUN.

The three time categories are: 

Films up to 10 minutes
Films up to 20 minutes
Films up to 40 minutes



of the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival


Initially working with a video camera and cast of action figures, Geoffrey Fletcher began making films as a child. After graduating from Harvard University, Geoffrey received his M.F.A. in Film Directing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has also apprenticed under Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. «Magic Markers», a short film Geoffrey wrote, directed, shot and edited, received accolades from numerous organizations including the Directors Guild of America and the Sundance Film Festival.Geoffrey is also the screenwriter of «Precious» and received an Oscar® for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is the first African American to win in this category. «Precious» won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival [2009]. It is only the third film to do so in the Festival's twenty-five-year history. Geoffrey is currently writing projects for directors Antoine Fuqua, Doug Liman and Ed Zwick.


Academy award winning director, screenwriter and producer Haggis was born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1953. After two decades of successful television work, Haggis gained international recognition after writing «Million Dollar Baby» [2004]. The film went on to win four Academy Awards®, including the award for Best Picture. Haggis' next project, «Crash», saw him in the role as writer and, for the first time, as director. «Crash» was a success, winning three Oscars, two of which credited Haggis for his writing and directing. His next screenplays were for the films «Flags Of Our Fathers» [2006] and «Letters From Iwo Jima» [2006], both directed by Clint Eastwood and both earning further Oscar® nods. Haggis reprised the role of director in 2007's «In The Valley Of Elah», which he also wrote and produced. Further projects, mainly as a screenwriter, include «Quantum of Solace» [2008] and «Terminator Salvation» [2009]. His latest project was 2013's «Third Person» as writer and director. 


Asger Hussain

Born and raised in Denmark, Asger graduated from Copenhagen Business School. In 2003 he moved to New York, transitioning into the film industry. From 2003-2009 he worked with director & producer Lee Daniels on such films as The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee, culminating with serving as one of the producers of the hit «Precious» [2009]. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two Oscars. He recently connected with Daniels again, developing and co-producing the Golden Globe nominated «The Paperboy», starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo John Cusack and Nicole Kidman. Through his own company, Game 7 Films, he manages a slate of international co-production projects, with Denmark and South Africa, among others.


Terry George

Terence "Terry" George is an Irish screenwriter and director of acclaimed films including «Hotel Rwanda» and «Reservation Road». Much of his film work, notably «The Boxer», «Some Mother's Son», and «In the Name of the Father», involves "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. He has been nominated for two Oscars®: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium («In the Name of the Father» 1993), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay («Hotel Rwanda» 2004). On 26 February 2012, he received an Oscar® in the live action short film category for «The Shore».

Luke Matheny

Luke Matheny is a filmmaker, writer and actor, currently based in Santa Monica, Calif.  His short film «God of Love» – a comedy about a lounge-singing darts champion who receives a package of love-inducing darts – received the 2011 Academy Award® for Best-Live Action Short. The film was also winner of the gold medal at the 2010 Student Academy Awards®; special jury recognition at Aspen ShortsFest; as well as first prize and the King Award for Screenwriting at the NYU First Run Film Festival. «God of Love» was Matheny’s thesis at NYU’s prestigious graduate film program.  Matheny has also co-written a feature-length coming-of-age comedy, «A Birder’s Guide to Everything» with Sundance-award-winning director Rob Meyer. The project is currently in pre-production at Crossroads Films in New York.