shnit worldwide is set to celebrate its tenth year anniversary in South Africa this year. 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 films, presented with awards.
An icon from South African theatre and film will serve in the position of Jury President, this will be announced in July. The deadline for entries has already started from 1st of June 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 $ 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, and having spent over 10 years in Cape Town, shnit has screened over 240 South African shorts, to 40,000 audience members in the city and surroundings, 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 to South Africa and the international film industry.
shnit 2019 takes place from the 17th – 28th of October in venues in and around Cape Town. The official schedule and film line up will be announced in September. Films to be shown must have been completed after 1st of June 2017. Read more about this event at ScreenAfrica.