shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival takes place at theend of October in Moscow. Moskino, partner of the national contest "shnit Made in Russia", will award the winner of the audience vote. The festival will take place at the cinemas in the Moskino network, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and Illusion cinemas and the State Central Film Museum.
Traditionally the festival’s program includes international and national contests. This year within the out-of-competition program two short film compilations will be introduced—shnit Comedy (short comedies from all over the world) and Playgrounds Winners 2017 (prize-winning films from the national contests of eight countries participating in shnit).
shnit's theme for 2018 is Going wild. Over 3 000 applications from young directors from 136 countries were submitted to the international contest. The program, as always, is rich with the variety of genres, from dark comedies to deep dramas. Russia is represented with a grotesque comedy by Ruslan Bratov Lalay-Balalay. The winners of the four nominations of the international contest will be announced in New York on October 28. The prize fund of the festival will be 20 000 dollars.
Over 250 applications were submitted to "shnit Made in Russia" this year and 21 films were selected, which formed four miscellanies. Among them is the winner of the Kinotavr-2018 short film contest Calendarby Igor Poplaukhin, an animation film by Janna Beckmambetova, a debut by a restaurateur Denis Simachev, a brilliant example of modern Yakut cinema—Happinessthe social tragedy by Vladimir Munkuev, and much more. The films’ authors will participate in all of the screenings.
On October 21 the Moscow jury, run by Nikolay Kulikov—screenwriter of the films Legend 17, Gorko!, and Upward Movement—as well as the audience will choose the winners.