16th Annual

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

October 18, 2018 to October 28, 2018



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
May 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
June 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 20, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately July 31, 2015

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after June 1, 2013

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

JURY AWARD: all films of «shnit-OPEN 2014» up to 10 minutes running time only (including credits)
Cash Award Value: 20,000 U.S. Dollar

JURY AWARD: all films of «shnit-OPEN 2014» up to 20 minutes running time only (including credits)
Cash Award Value: 20,000 U.S. Dollar

JURY AWARD: all films of «shnit-OPEN 2014» up to 40 minutes running time only (including credits)
Cash Award Value: 20,000 U.S. Dollar

PLAYGROUNDS AWARD: all films of «shnit OPEN 2014» - PLAYGROUND Audience Choice.
Cash Award Value: 20,000 U.S. Dollar

CINEMAS AWARD: films of «shnit OPEN 2014» shnit CINEMAS Audience choice.
Cash Award Value: 20,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules


§ The shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a non-profit organisation.
The annual festival and its sections are created and centrally
coordinated by the shnit FOUNDATION in cooperation with the
PLAYGROUND executives. The organisation is built on principles of
excellence and professionalism, enabling the global expansion of
the festival. This requires active cooperation between PLAYGROUND
executives which, in return, strengthens the transnational network
of «shor tfilmmakers» and the growing community of
«shortfilmlovers». The festival delivers a high quality programme of
new and established international short films.

§ The shnit FOUNDATION (CH- is an international not
for profit registered foundation based in Switzerland.

§ The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their
placement in the programme is the responsibility of the festival


§ The participation is open to everyone.

§ The festival is open to short films of all production techniques,
including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist
film and hybrid work from low to high budgets.

§ Films must have a running time of 40 minutes or less, including
credits (see also [3] AWARDS & PRIZES).

§ The festival does not require any premiere status but notes that this
may come into consideration during the selection process. Films
must have been completed after 1June 2013.

§ Films that have previously been submitted to the festival will not be
accepted. While the festival does accept works-in-progress, films
will only be considered for programming for the year in which they
are first submitted.

§ All non-English language films (or non-standard English language
dialects) must provide English subtitles.

§ Submissions may NOT be withdrawn from the festival once they
have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the festival.

§ All films are eligible for the corresponding category within the
international or national competitions. In consultation with the
filmmaker the selection committee reserves the right to offer a
place in non competitive programmes.


§ In total a prize money of US-$ 100.000* is awarded.

§ The following prizes will be awarded in shnit OPEN 2015:

THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 10 Minutes (incl. credits)
Jury Award, US-$ 20.000*

THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 20 Minutes (incl. credits)
Jury Award, US-$ 20.000*

THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 40 Minutes (incl. credits)
Jury Award, US-$ 20.000*

PLAYGROUNDS Audience Choice, US-$ 20.000*

CINEMAS Audience Choice, US-$ 20.000*

§ Audiences and Jury Awards will not be awarded to the same film.

§ The director has to attend the award ceremony on 17/18 October
2015 in New York City in order to receive the award, the cash prize
and the statuette THE FLAMING FAUN. All awards will be handed
personally to the director. In exceptional cases only, a
representative can be put in charge (upon agreement with the
festival board).

§ Winners shall mention their awards in future copies of the winning
short film as well as in their professional resumes, web pages and
similar media.

§ The first half of the prize money will be paid out by bank transfer
within 20 days upon receipt of all necessary bank details. The
second half of the prize money will be paid out by 31 December
2015 at the latest.* Bank charges (if applicable) are to be borne by
the recipient of the prize money.

§ The following PLAYGROUNDS are arranging to hold national
competitions in 2015: Bern - SWISS MADE | Bangkok - MADE IN
THAILAND | Buenos Aires - MADE IN ARGENTINA | Cape Town -
competitions will be awarded according to each PLAYGROUND’s
policy. All further details are announced in the respective section of
the website www.shnit.org.


There are two different submission categories for entering a short
film: shnit OPEN – PRO ENTRY (with entry fee, see [4.1]) or shnit OPEN – BASIC ENTRY (without entry fee, see [4.2]). The submitter can choose freely to which category he wants to submit his film. Both submission categories qualify a film to apply for the International competition shnit OPEN 2015 and all rights associated therewith.

§ You can submit your film through our website www.shnit.org.
Aditionally shnit has partnered with web portals to accept digital
submissions. For submission on our partner platforms please refer
to the respective guidelines on their websites (reelport.com,
shortfilmdepot.com and withoutabox.com). Please choose ONE way
to submit your film.

[4.1] shnit OPEN – PRO ENTRY (with entry fee):

§ With shnit OPEN – PRO ENTRY the festival provides a feedback
system which is unique within the scope of film festivals. The aim is
to give filmmakers a valuable feedback to their work to enhance
their artistic potential for future projects and for other festival
submissions. Usually festivals do not give any substantial nor
personal feedback .

§ The submitter receives the following extra add-on package:
• Personal individual feedback for every film you enter
• Free online access to shnit EXPANDED

§ There is a submission fee to enter your films to shnit OPEN – PRO
ENTRY. These costs are equal to the administrational expenses of
the entries in order to guarantee individual treatment for the
feedback system. As soon as the submitter pays the entry fee, he
will be automatically considered for the feedback system.

§ Account to pay the entry fee to: shnit FOUNDATION
IBAN: CH41 0023 5235 1198 8802 W / BIC: UBSWCHZ80A
Please make sure that you indicate your film title as payment

§ The entry fees are:

• Earlybird Deadline: 1 March 2015 40 US-$
• Regular Deadline: 1 May 2015 45 US-$
• Late Deadline: 1June 2015 50 US-$

§ The festival is committed to have provided their PRO-ENTRY feedback services no later than 31/12/2015

[4.2] shnit OPEN – BASIC ENTRY (without entry fee):

§ shnit OPEN – BASIC ENTRY does not require any entry fee. Please
note that in this case the festival does not comment on individual
films or offer feedback for unsuccessful entries.

[4.3] Guidelines for submission on www.shnit.org:
§ Official deadline for entries: 1June 2015.

§ The entry form with all the required information, accompanied by a
preview copy needs to be sent until 1 June 2015 (postmarked –
make sure that the package arrives by 6 June the latest).

§ Preview copies are accepted on the following formats (PAL or NTSC):
DVD, BluRay, hard drive or USB pen drive.

§ Preview copies must be labeled with title, running time and contact
information. DO NOT send film prints, master tapes or other

§ Submission parcels must be labelled „NO COMMERCIAL VALUE –
FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY“. The value of goods is to be
declared with 1 US-$ .

§ Shipping costs for preview copies will neither be refunded nor
returned. Preview copies will be digitised and stored in the festival

§ Preview copies must be sent to the following address:
shnit International Shortfilmfestival | shnit FOUNDATION
Marktgasse 36 | CH-3011 Bern | SWITZERLAND
TERMS AND CONDITIONS§ Film stills: preferably 2 different high-definition film stills, TIFF or JPEG, 300dpi or higher. Email to: stills@shnit.org. Please write the title of the film in the subject line of the email.

§ Several films may be submitted. A separate entry form is required
for each film submission.

§ Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.

§ Additional material such as press packs and production information
are not required at this stage and should not be included.


§ Arrival of submissions and preview copies cannot be confirmed.
§ An independent selection committee is appointed by the festival to
view all submissions for programming consideration. All entries are
first considered for competition programmes, but will also be
considered for other programmes where appropriate. Decisions
made by the selection committee are final.

§ After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically:
please provide an email address, and ensure that the domain
shnit.org is permitted to email you. Submitted entrants will be
informed about acceptance in July or about rejection of each film in
August 2015.

§ Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the
screenings of their films at the festival.


§ The festival informs the participants personally about the
submission of the screening copies. Please do not submit screening
copies before you get the instructions. We request a digital file for
screening: Video tape formats or film prints are not applicable.

§ Screening copies must be submitted before 20 July 2015.

§ The participant is responsible for the costs of sending the screening
copy to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning or
forwarding screening copies.

§ If the original language of the film is not English (or a non-standard
English language dialect) the screening copy has to be subtitled in

[7] shnit FESTIVAL

§ The 2015 festival takes place in eight cities (PLAYGROUNDS) on five
continents: All cities are announced in August 2015 the latest.
§ The festival date is 7 – 18 October 2015. The dates of the festival
segments are: shnit PLAYGROUNDS 7 – 11 October | shnit CINEMAS
7 – 18 of October | shnit FINALE 17 – 18 October | shnit EXPANDED 7
– 21 October 2015.

§ The festival hosts industry professionals and guests, and offers
guest and meeting services. (See also [10] VISITING THE FESTIVAL).

§ Extracts of the film (under 3 minutes or up to 10% of the total length
of the film) and film stills may be used at the festival, for media
coverage (including but not limited to TV broadcasting, cinema
trailers, online media) and promotional, archival and other noncommercial purposes.

§ Contact information for all films selected for screening at the 2015
festival will be published in the festival catalogue and on the

§ The festival will make previews, of films selected to screen in the
2015 festival, available to the media and official jury members.

§ Before the festival a selection of films from the 2015 festival may be
screened as a PREVIEW SCREENING. Filmmakers whose films are
being screened in those circumstances will be informed about the
places and dates of the screening.

§ At the festival section shnit PLAYGROUNDS, 7 – 11 October 2015 the festival programme will be screened publicly for the first time. All
audience votes for the PLAYGROUNDS ARWARD will take place
within the screenings of shnit PLAYGROUNDS.

§ For each award category three films are nominated. A total of 15
films will be nominated. The festival will host the nominated films
within the festival section shnit CINEMAS from 7 – 18 October 2015.
(See also [3] AWARDS & PRIZES)

§ The festival section shnit EXPANDED hosts an «online screening»
which is located in a password-protected secure online
environment on the festival website. Access is granted against
payment of a fee or by invitation only. For the duration of six days,
all nominated films of the international competition shnit OPEN
2015 will be shown.

§ The festival section shnit CINEMAS also showcases the nominated
films in selected cinemas and cultural centres around the world.

§ All audience votes for the CINEMAS ARWARD will take place within
the screenings of shnit CINEMAS.

§ The festival section shnit FINALE presents all 15 nominated films
from the international competition shnit OPEN in New York.

§ Following shnit FINALE the five winning films will be made available,
for a duration of three days until 21 October 2015 in a password protected secure online environment for a fee or by invitation only.

§ After the festival a selection of films from the 2015 festival may be
screened as a BEST OF programme, in cinemas and cultural centres
around the world. Filmmakers whose films are being screened as
BEST OF will be informed about the places and dates of the


§ The directors of selected films are invited to be guests of the
festival and the festival may cover the expenses of their stay
(private accommodations, professional accreditation). All
hospitality arrangements are assigned by the respective managers
of each section (shnit PLAYGROUNDS or shnit FINALE) and remain
limited within one’s reach.

§ The festival would like to arrange for as many filmmakers of the
2015 selection as possible to visit the festival. Regrettably, no
matter how much we would like to cover transport costs, the
festival is restricted by budget constraints. The festival therefore
cannot cover travel expenses. The festival tries to seek support from
local cultural embassies. With their support, a part of the travel
expenses may be covered exceptionally.

§ If the director or producer of the film cannot attend the Festival, the
invitation may be forwarded to another member of the film crew.
§ More information about guest services will be provided personally
to successful applicants.


§ The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights.
He is legally authorised to enter his short film in the festival and, if
selected for the festival, authorised to give screening permission.

§ The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and
sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights,
including but not limited to music, images, and content.

§ If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees
that an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made
available for screening by 20 July 2015.

§ The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the

§ The films will be handled with the outmost care. However, the
festival management will assume no liability for damages or loss.

§ If screenings or information are inaccurate or flawed, the organiser
is only liable in case of gross negligence.

§ The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines
for participation.

§ Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in the
submission being disqualified.

§ In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the
terms and conditions, the interpretation of the festival will take

§ The festival is obliged not to use or dispose of any films for
commercial purposes. Any further use of a film will be inquired.

§ The non-profit nature of the foundation’s activities guarantees that
the works submitted will be used only to advance the cultural
objectives of the shnit FOUNDATION.

§ These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

*For reasons of planning security the shnit International
Shortfilmfestival has to link the amount of 100.000 US-$ (5 x 20.000
US-$) to the monetary balance of the Swiss Franc (CHF). Record
date is 15 January 2015. The exact paid-off prize money amount will
be determined at the time of transfer (more precisely on 9
November 2015). NOTE: The amount either corresponds to the
equivalent of 20.000 US-$ or (in case of currency weakness of the
Swiss franc) will be converted to the corresponding amount in US-$
in relation to the exchange rate of Swiss francs (CHF) according to
the record date. No legal claim on the part of applicants can be
asserted in terms of cash prizes.

** Note: for the sake of readability the masculine form was chosen
in the text above. Nevertheless the specifications are meant for
both genders.