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Cairo Awaits the Shnit in October

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Cairo Awaits the Shnit in October


For the 4th year in a row and with a new team, Cairo will host the Shnit International Short Film Festival from 8th - 11th October. The festival's closing ceremony will be held in New York City, USA, where the winners of the international competition will receive their awards.

Head of the brand new team for the Shnit festival in Cairo is the director and producer Wael Omar, while MAD Solutions will run the promotional work. The festival will screen a selection of international short films presented on one hand in the tenshnit OPEN film blocks which form the international competition and on the other hand four film blocks put together for all kinds of special interests and moods: shnit DOCUMENTS, shnit ANIMATES, FEEL GOOD and HEAVY shnit. Four additional local and regional film blocks have been curated by SEMAT and the Arab Cinema Center and to focus only on the Arab and Egyptian short filmmaking. Some of the film screenings will be followed by panel discussions between the filmmakers and the audience.

This year, the festival is spreading in Cairo and the short films will be screened at Room Art Space, Rawabet, Teatro Maadi, Netherlands-Flemish Institute and the Cinema Radio. Additionally, there will be a number of events for film enthusiasts.

Not only the festival, but also its prizes have a growing reputation: The short films are competing for the five flaming faun awards, of which each one includes a grant of 20'000 USD. The 13th edition of the festival screens its films simultaneously in several cities around the globe in a worldwide celebration of short films: Hong Kong in China, Bangkok in Thailand, Bern in Switzerland, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Cape Town in South Africa, Moscow in Russia, and San José in Costa Rica.