shnit International Shortfilmfestival

shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a premium venue for the exhibition and promotion of short films. The festival is an exceptional twelve day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in 8 cities on five continents worldwide. The festival includes three main events – shnit PLAYGROUNDS, shnit CINEMA and shnit FINALE.

The international competition shnit OPEN includes five award categories with cash prizes of US $100,000* and attracts award- winning short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition programme of exceptional quality and density.

In its eleven years of existence, shnit has become a major international short film festival that reinvents itself in ever new forms. What started as a local initiative is now an exceptional transnational event that connects and inspires makers and fans of short films across the globe. shnit embraces diversity, originality and exchange between creators and an audience from different cultures and backgrounds. It is the main goal to actively increase the perception of short filmmaking by creating a multi-platform event for high quality short films. With its cinematic treats, the popular festival fascinates up to 40,000 visitors and therefore belongs to the leading short film festivals in the world.

shnit is a non-profit organisation. The annual festival is created and centrally coordinated by the shnit FOUNDATION in cooperation with the executives. The organisation is built on principles of excellence and professionalism, enabling the global expansion of the festival.