shnit programs are divided into four sections. Choose what suits you – or take a chance!
Award Category Films
2016 – 10 BLOCKS
shnit CINEMAS – 1 BLOCK
The festival’s yearly cornerstone comprises 60 films from around the world. The world’s best of the last year in all genres, fiction, documentary and beyond. shnit TRIBUTE- and audience- awarded in 5 categories.
Several cinemas worldwide enable access to the shnit CINEMAS selection. The multinational shnit audience is spoilt for choice and decides which of this select curated program from the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION is the most impressive and moving. The winner receives the shnit CINEMAS award on October 16th at the shnit FINALE.
VARIOUS PLAYGROUNDS – 19 BLOCKS
A staple of shnit's very being, the best of the best National films of the past year compete in our Playground for these jury- and audience- awarded trophies. A highest level jury in each Playground will award the prize on CLOSING NIGHT 2016.
MADE IN THAILAND
MADE IN ARGENTINA
MADE IN EGYPT
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA
MADE IN CHINA
MADE IN RUSSIA
MADE IN COSTA RICA
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – 1 BLOCK
NATIONAL COMPETITION – 5 BLOCKS
NOMINATIONS – 3 BLOCKS
BEST OF unites superlatives, as the best of the best short films are gathered into this program. On one hand BEST OF | INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, the most popular short films from the international competition, on the other hand nominations by the national jury and audiences in PLAYGROUNDS in BEST OF | NATIONAL COMPETITION. It doesn't get any better than this!
NOMINATIONS: One step closer to the coveted award "THE FLAMING FAUN ». These films have not only seduced the program committee, but the international jury, too. This night announces the 9 shnit TRIBUTE-nominated films of the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2016 and thrusts them into the spotlight. Three programs with great class.
A REAL TREAT
GET THE TASTE
FEELGOOD shnit – 1 BLOCK
The name says it – an oasis of comfort and wellbeing within the tangles of film narration, while an ever present bit of «Weltschmerz» helps to create comedic surprises. Saturday and Sunday with brunch.
GET THE TASTE
PEEPING shnit – 1 BLOCK
Bread and circuses? Nay, breasts and penises. Once again, the late night show PEEPING shnit wallows in the perhaps greatest leisure activity there is, stealing away into frivolous and lascivious worlds. Satisfaction guaranteed.
GET THE TASTE
HEAVY shnit – 1 BLOCK
Award-winning, as well as intense and stirring works take turns on the silver screen, making this show a heavyweight of the shnit program. A powerful viewing experience cannot be denied.
shnit ANIMATES – 2 BLOCKS
shnit DOCUMENTS – 2 BLOCKS
shnit EXPERMIMENTS – 1 BLOCK
shnit ANIMATES: For fans of illusions and special effects. The freshest works of animation artists from all over the world attest to the charming and captivating nature of animated short films that can overcome the boundaries of art.
shnit DOCUMENTS provides a palette of socially explosive, yet life changing experiences towards the realization of unusual dreams. Not to forget the portraits of the most intimate and moving situations humans find themselves in.
shnit EXPERMIMENTS: The frontier runner of the short film. No other type of film manages to balance itself between cinema and pure visual arts so uninhibitedly.
CROSSING BORDERS – 2 BLOCKS
Borders can be a dull affair. Why not just ignore them from time to time, and cross not only those borders, but also the rules of society and of good taste? Leave the country and leave your daily routine behind.
OUT OF CURIOSITY
WINNERS 2015 – 1 BLOCK
The National Competition winners of shnit 2015, presented as one program. Cultural differences between shnit-cities will be felt… and celebrated! No matter their differences, these works have a common core: they are all shnit winners!
LOCAL FLAVOUR – 7 BLOCKS
These program presents the latest creations of the talents of Playground regions, out of competition.
BÄRNER PLATTE [Bern]
DULCHE DE LECHE [Buenos Aires]
KAAPSE BOBOTIE [Cape Town]
CHIFRIJO [San José]
LITTLE & SHORT – 1 BLOCK
Our little visitors will have the chance to experience a great program (from 5 years old).
Not only a program, but a concept. shnit celebrates fine short films about people with disabilities in an integrative framework. Not programmed in a single movie block together, but woven into the entire festival program to be discovered.
AT THE PEAK
shnit kicks into a new edition with opening ceremonies across the globe! An appetizer for what is to come during the rest of the festival, OPENING NIGHT features inaugurative speeches and a screening of some tidbits from the festival program. Afterward, those in attendance can toast with shnit’s unique pink beer: a new shnit edition has begun!
The suspense rises on the CLOSING NIGHT, the festival’s final evening. This event belongs to the filmmakers, to the jury and to the festival guests. Both audience and juries across the PLAYGROUNDS have elected the national winners and clink glasses together to festively conclude the 14th PLAYGROUNDS festival edition.
This year’s shnit FINALE returns on October 16, as the shnit board, the shnit TRIBUTE President and THE FLAMING FAUN winners gather in New York to celebrate the best of the current short filmmaking scene. This event marks the final festive chapter for this year’s festival edition.