Short but sweet

The shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival takes place simultaneously in multiple cities around the world.

The shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is taking place until Sunday October 28 at various venues including the Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront, The Labia Theatre in Gardens, the Alexander Bar and Theatre on Strand Street, the Raptor Room in Roeland Street and Bertha House in Khayelitsha.

The festival happens simultaneously in multiple cities in eight countries – SA, Switzerland, Egypt, Costa Rica, Thailand, Russia, China and Argentina.

Founded in Bern, Switzerland in 2003 and now in its 9th year in Cape Town, shnit provides a platform for talented South African filmmakers to share their stories, reach international audiences, interact with leading industry professionals and compete in both the Made in South Africa and International competitions.

This year there are four South African films in the latter – Good Mourning by Ian Morgan, Noodles by Greg Rom, First Kiss by Ali Ashman and Vlees van my Vlees by Matthys Boshoff.

The same four are also competing in the Made in South Africa contest alongside Ihlazo by Akuol de Mabior, Versnel by Dian Weys, Mma Moeketsi by Reabetswe Moeti, Junior by Bert Djikstra and Measure of a Woman by Sara Blecher.

They will judged by a local panel consisting of actress Jill Levenberg, director Nosipho Dumisa and actor Jafta Mamabolo.

Film director Akin Omotoso is the 2018 Made in South Africa Jury President for shnit Cape Town.

Globally and in South Africa, the shnit worldwide shortfilmfestival has become a leading multicultural event in its genre.

This year Cape Town will showcase 135 films in a wide variety of themes and styles. A total of 35 films have been made by South African filmmakers, 100 are international and all range from between under one minute to 40 minutes in duration. For the first time all South African films screened will be eligible for the Made in South Africa Audience Award. International films will compete for a collective global International Competition Audience Award.

Overall winners of the international competition will receive a Flaming Faun statuette at an awards ceremony held in New York City on Sunday October 28.

Ttickets can be booked directly at the venues or through Webtickets.