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shnit International Shortfilmfestival

12 Annual October 08, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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Phone: +41 76 572 14 92
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http://www.shnit.org

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

shnit-OPEN International Competition 2014
shnit-OPEN is the spotlight of the festival because it’s a widely acclaimed international competition with cash prizes of 100.000 USD. In order to reflect the diversity of short films, we have created five awards. The members of the international festival jury grant three awards the audience grants two awards, the Audience Award and the Festival Award. The selected films will compete for THE FLAMING FAUN - Best short film 2014 in the following five award categories:

THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 10 Minutes (incl. Credits)
Jury Award, 20,000 USD

THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 20 Minutes (incl. credits)
Jury Award, 20,000 USD

THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 40 Minutes (incl. credits)
Jury Award, 20,000 USD

THE FLAMING FAUN: AUDIENCE AWARD: all films
PLAYGROUND Audience Choice, 20,000 USD

THE FLAMING FAUN: FESTIVAL AWARD: all films
Festival Directors / Audience, 20,000 USD

Depending on the playground shnit comprises national competitions. Local productions participate in shnit-OPEN and gain an additional platform within the national competition. All films which are eligible for one of the national competitions will be considered automatically. For more information www.shnit.org

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a premier venue for the exhibition and promotion of short films. The festival aims to actively increase the perception of short film making around the globe. Therefore we passionately promote short film as an independent art form in the field of audio- visual media and cinema. shnit regards itself as a unique international platform for filmmakers, script- writers, producers and cinephiles. We embrace diversity, originality and exchange between creators and a growing audience across the globe.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
shnit International Shortfilmfestival is an exceptional twelve day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in 8 cities on five continents worldwide. The festival includes three main events – shnit PLAYGROUNDS, shnit CINEMA and shnit FINALE.

The international competition shnit OPEN includes five award categories with cash prizes of US $100,000 and attracts award-winning short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition program of exceptional quality and density.

In its eleven 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 up to 40,000 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 FOUNDATION in cooperation with the PLAYGROUND executives. The organization is built on principles of excellence and professionalism, enabling the global expansion of the festival possible.

ORGANIZERS
Olivier van der Hoeven (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES

[1] THE ORGANISATION
• 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 „shortfilmmakers“ and the growing community of „shortfilmlovers“. The festival delivers a high quality programme of new and established international short films.
• The shnit FOUNDATION (CH-036.7.053.240-1) 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 board.

[2] ELIGIBILITY
• 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 1 June 2012.
• 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.

[3] AWARDS & PRIZES
• In total a prize money of US-$ 100,000* is awarded.
• The following prizes will be awarded in shnit OPEN 2014:
THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 10 Minutes+
Jury Award, US-$ 20,000*
THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 20 Minutes+
Jury Award, US-$ 20,000*
THE FLAMING FAUN: Category up to 40 Minutes+
Jury Award, US-$ 20,000*
THE FLAMING FAUN: AUDIENCE AWARD: all films
PLAYGROUND Audience Choice, US-$ 20,000*
THE FLAMING FAUN: FESTIVAL AWARD: all films
festival board / online audience, US-$ 20,000*
+ (incl. credits)
• Audience, Festival and Jury Awards will not be awarded to the same film.
• The director has to attend the award ceremony on 19 October 2014 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 2014 at the latest.*
• The following PLAYGROUNDS are arranging to hold national competitions in 2014: Bern – SWISS MADE, Cairo – MADE IN EGYPT, Cape Town – MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA, San José – MADE IN COSTA RICA. All national 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.

[4] ENTRY PROCEDURE & FEEDBACK SYSTEM
• 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 2014 and all rights associated therewith.
• You can submit your film through our website www.shnit.org or through 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 CINEMA
• 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 reference.
• The entry fees are:
• Earlybird Deadline: 1 March 2014, 40 US-$
• Regular Deadline: 1 May 2014, 45 US-$
• Late Deadline: 1 June 2014, 50 US-$

[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: 1 June 2014.
• The entry form with all the required information, accompanied by a preview copy needs to be sent until 1 June 2014 (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 originals.
• 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 archive.
• Preview copies must be sent to the following address:
shnit International Shortfilmfestival | shnit FOUNDATION
Marktgasse 36 | CH-3011 Bern | SWITZERLAND
• 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.

[5] NOTIFICATION & SELECTION
• 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 2014.
• Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.

[6] SUBMISSION OF SCREENING COPIES
• 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 15 August 2014.
• 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 English.

[7] shnit FESTIVAL
• The 2014 festival takes place in eight cities (PLAYGROUNDS) on five continents: All cities are announced in August 2014 the latest.
• The festival date is 8 – 19 October 2014. The dates of the festival segments are: shnit PLAYGROUNDS 8 – 12 October, shnit CINEMA 13 – 17 of October, shnit FINALE 18 – 19 October 2014.
• The festival hosts industry professionals and guests, and offers guest and meeting services. (See also [9] 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 non-commercial purposes.
• Contact information for all films selected for screening at the 2014 festival will be published in the festival catalogue and on the website.
• The festival will make previews, of films selected to screen in the 2014 festival, available to the media and official jury members.
• Before the festival a selection of films from the 2014 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, 8 – 12 October 2014 the festival programme will be screened publicly for the first time.
• 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 CINEMA from 13 – 17 October 2014. (See also [3] AWARDS & PRIZES)
• The festival section shnit CINEMA hosts an „online cinema“ 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 five days, all nominated films of the international competition shnit OPEN 2014 will be shown.
• The festival section shnit CINEMA also showcases the nominated films in selected cinemas and cultural centres around the world.
• All audience votes for the FESTIVAL ARWARD will take place within the „online theatre“ of shnit CINEMA.
• 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 22 October 2014 in a password-protected secure online environment for a fee or by invitation only.
• After the festival a selection of films from the 2014 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 screenings.

[8] shnit SHOWREEL
• The festival hosts an online showreel for professionals.
• Extracts of films (under 3 minutes or up to 10% of the total length of the film), film stills and contact information for all films selected for screening at the 2014 festival will be published on the website of shnit SHOWREEL.
• All short films selected for the festival will be encoded and included in the digital showreel, available to delegates who attend the festival and registered professionals only.
• Additionally approximately 100 films which have not been selected for the festival will be included. Films which are only chosen for shnit SHOWREEL will be notified individually.
• After the festival the films will remain available to registered delegates.
• The aim of shnit SHOWREEL is to promote quality short films within a professional realm to enhance future success of films selected by the festival. The involvement in shnit SHOWREEL is not com-pulsory. Should you wish not to be included please email showreel@shnit.org.

[9] VISITING THE FESTIVAL
• 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 2014 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.

[10] LIABILITY
• 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 mid-August 2014.
• The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.
• 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 precedence.
• 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-$) to the monetary balance of the Swiss franc (CHF). Record date is 1 January 2014. The exact paid-off prize money amount will be determined at the time of transfer (more precisely on 10 November 2014). NOTE: The amount either corresponds to the equivalent of 20,000 US-$ 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 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 mid-August 2014. The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author. 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 precedence. 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-$) to the monetary balance of the Swiss franc (CHF). Record date is 1 January 2014. The exact paid-off prize money amount will be determined at the time of transfer (more precisely on 10 November 2014). NOTE: The amount either corresponds to the equivalent of 20,000 US-$ 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.