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Festival Structure

shnit PLAYGROUNDS – The festival cities

shnit host venues and cities are referred to as PLAYGROUNDS. Fuelled by the strong intention to facilitate the international exchange of great ideas and stories, shnit has hosted PLAYGROUNDS in almost every corner of the world, all of which explode at the same time.

Audiences in each PLAYGROUND vote towards the first of shnit’s FLAMING FAUN international audience awards, with the award presented to the collective global audience favourite at shnit FINALE in Amsterdam.

As well as bringing its own local flavour to the festival, PLAYGROUNDs present a National Jury and Audience award and in some cases an additional OUT OF COMPETITION local shorts showcase programme.

This exchange of culture and expression is a fundamental element of shnit. Festival venues are more than just a cinema venue – they are interactive, living, breathing spaces, with activations, vendors, music and performance, as well as collaborative work from a number of local artists. And of course, the audience is involved in creation too, with interactive installations, and constant filming and photography pictures being uploaded daily to the world on social media platforms.

Cities played as shnit PLAYGROUNDS cities were since 2009 Bangkok [Thailand], Bern [Switzerland], Buenos Aires [Argentina], Cairo [Egypt] Cape Town [South Africa], Cologne [Germany], Hong Kong [China], Kyoto [Japan], Lagos [Nigeria], Moscow [Russia], San Francisco [United States], San José [Costa Rica], Singapore [Singapore] and Vienna [Austria]. This year’s finalized PLAYGROUND line up will be released in September.

shnit SHORTS – short film events

A new addition to the festival since 2014, shnit SHORTS takes place in select cinemas, embassies and exclusive venues in a growing number of cities and countries all across the globe. 

The SHORTS programme gives short film fans a further opportunity to watch a selection of nominated films from the WORLDWIDE COMPETITION outside of the PLAYGROUNDS host cities. The award is presented to the collective global SHORTS choice of the WORLDWIDE COMPETITION at shnit FINALE in Amsterdam.

shnit SHORTS was hosted since 2014 in: Berlin [Germany], Bielefeld [Germany], Bogota [Colombia], Bremen [Germany], Brühl [Germany], Burgos [Spain], Chabarovsk [Russia], Chelyabinsk [Russia], Chengdu [China], Dresden [Germany], Fernandina Beach [United States], Halifax [Canada], Hamburg [Germany], Hannover [Germany], Irkutsk [Russia], Johannesburg [South Africa], Kazan [Russia], Kirov [Russia], Krasnodar [Russia], Krasnojarsk [Russia], Luanda [Angola], Lucerne [Switzerland], Magdeburg [Germany], Minsk [Belarus], Moscow [Russia], München [Germany], New Port [United Kingdom], Noosa Heads [Australia], Novosibirsk [Russia], Nürnberg [Germany], Oakland [United States], Odense [Denmark], Perm [Russia], Philadelphia [United States], Potsdam [Germany], Prague [Czech Republic], Reykjavik [Iceland], Rome [Italy], Rostov-na-Donu [Russia], Saint-Petersburg [Russia], San Francisco [United States], Seattle [United States], Singapore [Singapore], Southampton [United Kingdom], Suhl-Mäbendorf [Germany], Surgut [Russia], Texas [United States], Tomsk [Russia], Tübingen [Germany], Tübingen [Germany], Ufa [Russia], Vladivostok [Russia], Wolgast [Germany], Wroclaw [Poland], Yaroslavl [Russia], Yekaterinburg [Russia], Zagreb [Croatia], Zürich [Switzerland]

shnit FINALE – the climax

On an electric night, an expectant crowd is gathered. An intimate, chic venue, bathed in bright magenta light.  Filmmakers and film lovers, from all corners of the world… 

From a corner of the room, fiercely intelligent eyes survey five golden statuettes: dancing figurines, characters of myth; horns curled around their heads; tails coiled; thumbs to their noses, fingers splayed, in a motion of defiant celebration. These eyes belong to the jury president, and the statuette is known as THE FLAMING FAUN. Tonight he will present five of them. This is the shnit FINALE.

shnit culminates each year with the international awards ceremony shnit FINALE. Nominated films are celebrated over two days, before, in an exclusive ambiance alongside shnit’s global festival team, award nominees and invited filmmakers and VIP guests, the winners are bestowed with THE FLAMING FAUN in five categories.