Be ready to be inspired by this year’s shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival (17 – 28 Oct)

by Karisa

Now in its 10th year here in SA, the Shnit Worldwide Shorfilmfestival is once again bringing an explosive Short Film Experience like no other to the Mother City.

Never heard of shnit before? Here’s a quick synopsis in their own words:

The festival is an exceptional eleven-day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in multiple cities on five continents worldwide, with three main components: shnit PLAYGROUNDS, taking place in all of our PLAYGROUND cities, shnit SHORTS, in cinemas all around the world, and our shnit FINALE awards ceremony in New York.

Here in Cape Town, festival-goers can expect more than 150 films over 10 days in venues in & around the city bowl as well as the greater Cape Town metro…

The festival officially opens at the Labia Theatre on 17 Oct and then runs across various venues until 28 October, including: The Bertha Movie House in Khayelitsha, Kelvin Corner, 44 on Long & Battery Park.

Also on 20 October, shnit will present a once-off 90 minute feel-good and family friendly showcase of short films at an outdoor screening on the lawns at Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront. The lineup includes a selection of both local & international films, including a selection of world class animations.

Highlights from the night include:

  • South African films Fall Into the Sky, a moving artistic voyage narrated by several Cape Town poets, and Scenes from a Dry City, the multi-awarded short documentary about Cape Town’s water crisis.
  • International standouts like the hilarious Mamartuile (Mexico), the touching Ca$h (Singapore), powerful Uno (Spain) and the internationally acclaimed Zombies by Congolese multi-disciplinarian Baloji.
  • The Oscar-nominated short film One Small Step (USA/China).

Other things to take note of for the special screening on the 20th:

  • Films shown on the night will range between 3min to 37min in duration.
  • Gates will open at 17:30 and films will start at sunset.
  • Tickets range from R80 to R150 (couple & family packages also available).
  • Underground parking will be available & accessed via the entrance in front of the Waterfront Theatre School.
  • Refreshments will be on sale & blankets will be available for hire.

As for the rest of the festival, you can view the full festival lineup (including the lineup for the 20th at Battery Park) with a short description of each film on (Be sure to scroll aaaall the way down – remember we’re talking 150 films over 10 days people!)

Then from there all you need to do is hop on over to Webtickets to secure your tickets & you’ll be all set to sit back, relax & take in all the creative awesomeness.

Oh yeah…

I already got a little preview of what’s to come, and can tell you that there will definitely be something for everyone. The lineup designed to move you, make you think, make you laugh, but most importantly leave you feeling inspired. What’s not to love?


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