shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

shnit // shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

18th edition

Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2021
Bern, Switzerland

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is a premier 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 eight cities on five continents worldwide. The festival includes three main segments:

shnit FINALE*

In its eighteen 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 more than 35.000 visitors and therefore belongs to the leading short film festivals in the world.

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

*shnit PLAYGROUNDS: shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival takes place simultaneously in the following cities, shnit PLAYGROUNDS, on five continents: Bern [Switzerland], Buenos Aires [Argentina], Cairo [Egypt], Cape Town [South Africa], Hong Kong [China], Moscow [Russia], San José [Costa Rica]. The shnit FINALE in New York is held annually, as long as the contributions of the partners and sponsors make this possible.
full text less text

Festival website

Rate Favorite Share
Class Founded: 2003
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Sep 01, 2019

Early bird deadline: Nov 01, 2019
Regular deadline: Jun 20, 2020
Late deadline: Jul 06, 2020

Notification date: Oct 01, 2020

Favorite this festival or add it to one of your lists to be alerted about open call, deadlines and notification date.
Fees Fees range from 9.50 to 42.75 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 24,000.00 USD
Other prizes: National Competitions, Audience Award
• all genres
• the maximum length of 40 minutes (including credits)
• completed July 1st, 2018 or later
• completed productions only (working copies will not be previewed)
• a film can be submitted only once
• premiere not required
• accepted screening formats digital file (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264)
• screening copy must be in or subtitled in English
• by submitting the film, you commit to the screening if the film is

• fill in the submission form
• upload at least one still photo of the film
• make sure the preview file is working correctly
• preview file must be in or subtitled in English
• final selection is announced on October 1st, 2020 at
• only the submitters of the selected films will be notified personally

• please note that ONLY the submitters of the selected films will be notified personally
• information is given in the entry form (synopsis, credits, etc.) will be used as such in all printed publications and on the website
• please have your screening copy ready for sending in from 1st of July 2020
• screening copy must have English subtitles and be identical to the preview copy
• the festival is authorized to make excerpts not exceeding 10% or max. 3 minutes of the total running time of the selected films to be used in promoting the festival in various media and the Internet and for promotional (incl. shnit-postcards), archival and other non-commercial purposes
• the festival will ensure the screening copy while in the festival's possession (The insurance will follow the regulations of FIAPF)
• the festival offers the representative of the film (1 person) accommodation for three nights in Bern during the festival
• ensure that nominated filmmakers are ready to travel to the shnit FINALE in New York to be part of the award ceremony

Films selected to the competitions can automatically be entered into shnit film festival’s online film library without separate notification. The online film library is available for accredited professionals only and is open for four weeks till November 14th, 2020.
After the festival, a few films from the official selection may be screened as a BEST OF–program, in cinemas and cultural centers in various countries. Best efforts will be made to ensure that filmmakers whose films are being screened as BEST OF will be informed about the place(s) and date(s) of the screening(s)

Any such cases not mentioned in these regulations will be left to the festival's consideration (in accordance with FIAPF International Regulations). By submitting the entry form, the submitter acknowledges that they have read, understood and accepted the regulations without reservation.