Short films: Oh Shnit

2014-10-05 15:00

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Short films are where it begins. As a film maker, short-form movie making is where you find out if you can pull it off – music videos, commercials, webisodes and documentaries are the breeding grounds for feature-length film and television producers, actors and directors.

It follows then that fests such as the Shnit International Short Film Festival are the ideal place to discover new ideas, new directors and often really good movies. At least as a film maker with a production in this year’s competition at Shnit, I would hope so.

Shnit is the world’s only truly global film festival, taking place simultaneously in Bern, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Cairo, Kyoto, Moscow and San Jose – and in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

The three Kaapse Bobotie selections feature nine shorts each.

Screening in the competition are nine films from around South Africa, and the winner will be selected by a jury comprising directors Jenna Bass, Jahmil XT Qubeka and Terence Neale. It is headed by Gavin Hood.

The international competition selection comprises 64 films from around the world. Animation and short docs also feature strongly.

Shnit also heads the Realtime competition, which invites three up-and-coming film makers to shoot, edit and complete a short movie in just 72 hours during the festival. The three productions premiere at Cape Town’s closing night, where the audience will choose the winner.

.?Shnit runs at Labia Theatre in Cape Town and Pulp Cinema in Stellenbosch from October 8 to 12

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