Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival 2019

shnit short film festival

Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival is celebrating 10 years of awesomeness this year. Wow, time flies when you are having fun. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about (the shnit part, not the fun part), here is a quick recap. Shnit is literally a festival of short films that happens around the world, in 8 cities to be exact, over 11 days. And this year is the 10th time this will be happening! 

Introducing shnit

Over 100 international and 37 local short films will be screened at this year’s festival. These all range from 3 to 37 minutes in length. These films will be screened in Cape Town, Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow, San Jose, and, of course, New York! The festival runs from 17-28 October 2019. A pretty cool thing is that half of these films are female-directed!

Shnit screening

Some Favourites

We got a sneak preview of a few of the films which will compete in this year’s shnit Film Festival at the media pre-launch. Some of my favourites were the hilarious animation Hors Piste (Léo Brunel/France), the mock-doc Camcopy (Rob Smith/South Africa), and the comedy The Orgy (Sam Baron/UK). The Cape Town jury this year is headed by the magnificent Dr John Kani, writer Lauren Beukes, cinematographer Gaopie Kabe, and director and comedian Kagiso Lediga.

Shnit labia

Further Details

If you are in Cape Town, check out the shnit Short Film Festival 2019 at numerous locations city-wide. These include the iconic Labia Theatre in Gardens, Bertha House in Khayelitsha, 44 Long Street, and Kelvin Corner in Woodstock. There will also be a super cool outdoor screening at Battery Park in the V&A Waterfront. For more info and screening updates, have a look at the shnit Festival website, Facebook page, or on Instagram.

*All images courtesy of shnit.

Written by Sabine Palfi

Article Date: October 2019


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