shnit Call For Entries


schnit film festival

The eleventh edition of the festival will be held 2 to 6th October 2013 in ten cities across 5 continents including Cape Town, South Africa.

International submissions are open for films of all genres, with a total length up to 40 minutes. In five categories, 100.000 CHF / 80.000 € / US$105.000 in total prize money will be awarded.

Submission information, entry forms and regulations at

Submissions accepted via DVD or online screener.  Films are to be programmed in International Competition and in multiple out-of-competition categories. South African entries are also considered for MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA award category and KAAPSE BOBOTIE out-of-competition category.

All film selections to take place in Bern, Switzerland.  South African screeners can however be delivered to Shnit International Shortfilmfestival SA, 47 Ritchie Street, University Estate, Cape Town, 7925.

F E E D B A C K   S Y S T E M

shnit OPEN – pro entry (with entry fee): With the «shnit OPEN – pro entry» the festival provides a feedback system which is unique within the scope of film festivals. The aim is to give filmmakers valuable feedback on their work to enhance their artistic potential for future projects and for other festival submissions. Usually festivals do not give substantial nor personal feedback.

The submitter gets the following extra add-on package:

  • Short-list Preselection by the Artistic Directors (final rounds of selection)
  • Personal individual feedback for every film you enter by the Artistic Directors
  • Free online access to shnit CINEMA

There is a submission fee to enter your films to the «shnit OPEN – pro entry». These costs equate to the administration of these entries in order to guarantee individual treatment for the feedback system.

Deadline for all entries is the 1st of June 2013.


Cannes 2013 Awards Announced

66TH Festival de Cannes: Palme d’Or goes to Blue is the Warmest Colour



LA VIE D’ADÈLE – CHAPITRE 1 & 2 (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) directed by Abdellatif KECHICHE with Adèle EXARCHOPOULOS & Léa SEYDOUX



SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU (Like Father, Like Son / Tel Père, Tel Fils) directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

JIA Zhangke for TIAN ZHU DING (A Touch Of Sin)

Bérénice BEJO in LE PASSÉ (The Past) directed by Asghar FARHADI

Bruce DERN in NEBRASKA directed by Alexander PAYNE




Call For Entries, kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival

kykNET Silwerskerm Fees has an open category this year, where you can enter your existing short film, feature film or documentary.

This will give your film the platform it needs to be seen by industry specialists.

Everyone who is anyone in the film industry will be at this film festival.

Entries close on the 30th June 2013.
Come and enjoy your own film premier at the festival in August.

See link below on how to enter and for additional information:


Independent Film, Necrosis

If you’ve been looking for an Independent Film Company that produces Sci-Fis… You’ve found one.

DreamReal Pictures recently announced the filming of their new project “Necrosis”.

Necrosis, coming 2014!
Necrosis, coming 2014!

Necrosis is the story of Colony 10. A Colony created on a Earth-like planet to ensure the survival of mankind. A group of Scientists and Space Marines are sent to Colony 10 to investigate after the Colony hasn’t been heard from for some time. When the team arrives the Colony is abandoned. Members of the team begin to disappear leaving one scientist behind to solve the riddle.

This is an unusual Sci-Fi /Action with an ending that you will not forget written and directed by Wendy Crouse who will also star in the film.

This film will also launch the début of DreamReal Animation a Special Effects Company Wendy hopes to use for all her future Sci-Fi and Action Films.

When asked about the making of the film, Wendy replied, “This entire film will be filmed in a studio which will be a welcome change from filming outside on location and having the weather delegate your filming schedule.”

Necrosis extends the possibilities of what Independent Filmmakers can do. Wendy’s talent may just be as big as her dreams.

Look for Necrosis in 2014. You will not be disappointed.


Fast & Furious 6: Review

As the series roles on, there is one thing a new the Fast & Furious title needs to do, push the envelope on the stunts, the chases, and the cars. On this front, fans will not be disappointed.

The whole team is back, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, with comedic relief by Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, and the much awaited cameo by Jason Statham (stay seated for this one).

The car chases are over the top, and fast paced. They’ll certainly invoke an adrenaline rush, but don’t count on flexing your cerebral muscles here. And just when you think a chase can not be topped, we get the finale. There is the requirement for some suspension of disbelief, but fan of the series, and action junkies alike are sure not to even notice.

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson fill the screen with their presence as they go a few rounds, with the ideal supporting cast.

Fast & Furious 6 is a must for action fans, but for anyone else, don’t expect much more than car chases and fights.


Texas Chainsaw 3D

After many years of squeals, reboots, and TV series appearances, we come full circle back to where it all began. No, not a shot-for-shot remake, but following on from the 1974 story, and bringing the rest into the modern world.

Alexandra Daddario plays Heather Miller, orphaned daughter to the Sawyer family list in a fire all those years ago. When her grandmother passes away, she inherits the fateful house. Heather Miller is smart, yet an average girl next door; not combat ready, but not just a female from a horror movie.

Texas Chainsaw 3D dishes out its fair share of blood and guts, with a side dish of chainsaw (in skull tingling 3D). More a slasher film than a horror that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it provides great escapism for those with a penchant for the genre. Several of the original cast make cameo appearances in the opening scenes, so fans should be on the look out.

Not for the skweemish, but slasher fans will have a blast!


A Weekend Workshop For Screenwriters In Johannesburg – Turn Fantastic Ideas Into Big Screen Spectacle

If you’re an aspiring screenwriter with a vivid imagination whose ideas are larger than life, the exciting The Write Journey weekend workshop for screenwriters takes place in Johannesburg on June 1 and 2 is guaranteed to turn words into big screen action!

Following in the tradition of 19 years of workshop throughout South Africa, including masterclasses at the Sithengi Film and TV Market’s Talent Campus, as well as the 2012 International Kunjanimation Animation Festival, community workshops at the  Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of their annual Kwa Mashu Film Festival, the workshop is presented by the Cape Town based The Writing Studio and hosted by Annie Malan Promotions.

Guest speakers writer-director Henk Pretorius (whose latest film Fanie Fourie’s Lobola has been selected to show at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in the US); film, theatre and television director Andrew Odendaal, whose film Lien se Lankstaan Skoene wowed local audiences in South Africa during its opening weekend; and Donovan Marsh, the writer-director of Spud 2: The Madness Continues will talk about breaking into the international market, working in film, television and theatre, and adapting a bestseller into a box office hit…

The Write Journey looks at mastering the art of plotting your story, defining and developing your premise, concept, theme and characters and taking ownership of the writing process.

The motivational and inspirational workshop explores the art of visual narrative and the fundamentals of successful storytelling.

Within ONE WEEKEND budding screenwriters will understand the principles of writing for a visual medium and what it takes to be screenwriter in South Africa.

The workshop is ideal for ANYONE with an idea for a story. If there is something or someone you want to write about this is your opportunity to turn thoughts into words.  Ideas are transformed into concepts that will be reworked into visual narrative filled with action, description and vibrant characters.

This outcome-based workshop examines the principles of writing for film or television and explores the writing process, developing characters and mastering the art of structure.

It is a basic workshop that explores the art of storytelling and the craft of writing a universal story that reflects the uniqueness, history and culture of South Africa and Africa.

It’s about writers connecting with the process of writing productively in their comfort zones and producing South African stories the world wants to experience.

The duality of the interactive workshop nurtures creativity: it allows the writer to write instinctively and take an introspective journey into story; it also stimulates writers to write stories connected to their unique cultures, communities, history and experience that reflect the universal human condition.

The workshop is ideal for novelists, journalists and writers who would like to master the art of adapting stories into a visual medium.

Following the workshop, the writers will be guided through the process of developing their screenplays through The Write Agency, and get their drafts shaped for the international film, television and publishing markets.

The trainer is local writer, playwright, movie journalist and Education, Training and Development Practitioner Daniel Dercksen. As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and published playwright, Dercksen is a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) – accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) – working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education and focusing on outcomes-based education, training and development.

Graduates of previous workshops include award-winning playwrights Neil Coppen (winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, 2011, as well as the Naledi Award for Best South African Play, Abnormal Loads, 2013), filmmakers John Barker (Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City), Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm), and Consuelo Roland (Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide).

“If I had attended it some five or ten years ago, so many things would have changed in my career, as well as life in general.” Elelwani Ramaite-Mafadza, a  lecturer at the University of Venda, as well as a researcher in the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project (IMOHP) and involved in the CUPP project which is a project involved in rural development.

“The Write Journey workshop gave me a better idea on how to make a financially viable blockbuster. Daniel Dercksen has a practical approach when teaching the art of writing for film and this makes it easy to learn and follow through when I write my own stories.  For me it was 3yrs of film school jam packed into 2 days of insightful lessons, ” says production designer and art director Warren Gray (Safe House and Long Walk to Freedom)

“The illuminating workshop gave me insight into the birth of a script; especially the development of a front page, log line and tag line. I am still the producer at heart but with the couple of movies that I am nudging forward with development I know what I am looking for in the scripts,” says Producer Alan Lawson, Birdfilm (South Africa)

For the full agenda and registration, visit the website or email



Sugar-daddy’s Lady Luck

Sabine Palfi, Aidan Whytock and Bjorn Steinbach shine in this play set in the seedy underbelly of Cape Town.

Lady Luck 2 Bjorn Sabine Aidan


We follow Lisa (Sabine Palfi) as she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. A love triangle soon develops between her, former fiancée Dean (Bjorn Steinbach) and his Greek boss Nic (Aidan Whytock).

The cast are exceptional, bring three varied personalities alive on-stage, and pushing the boundaries of the genre while.

One is not sure whether to applaud Lisa, or caution her against the life she’s spiralling into. Dean is one of those quiet one’s, until he explodes, and Nic wavers between smooth and controlling.

Lady Luck, and enjoyable, harsh look at the seedy life in the Mother City, with a surprising twist. A must see for locals and visitors alike!

Lady Luck plays at the Intimate Theatre 15 – 25 May.

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Lady Luck


Africa On A Plate – South Africa’s First Personality Driven Webseries

Africa on a Plate is South Africa’s first personality driven foodie webseries, hosted by Chef Lentswe Bhengu. Lentswe takes time out from his life as a chef to explore Cape Town’s incredible food scene. He wants to hone his skills as a chef and learn from the world around him.

Chef Lentswe Bhengu
Chef Lentswe Bhengu

Check Lentswe out as he explores cafes, markets, organic producers and fine dining restaurants. He is constantly laughing and having fun with the incredible people he meets along his journey.

Africa on a plate

Having studied at The Culinary Academy, and previously having worked at Savoy Cabbage and The Roundhouse, Lentswe brings his set of skills into the world, and hones them by learning how others do it.

See the Africa on a Plate site.


Something To Scream About!

MonsterFestivalLogoWith the highly anticipated release of Monster’s University, which enrols for release on Friday 21 June nationwide, Disney/Pixar has collected the biggest, bravest, most incredible and tyre-screeching-ly awesome titles to ever have appeared on shelves together in The Monster Disney/Pixar Festival! From 11 June to 31 July, a vast range of DVD, Blu-Ray, gaming, toys and consumer products will be available in stores nationwide at extra special prices.

Monster’s Inc 3D Blu-Ray!
What better way to prepare for Monster’s University, than to go back to where it all started…in stunning 3D? Available for the first time on eye-popping 3D, Monster’s Inc will be available from 11 June. Journey into Monstropolis and meet the city’s top scarer James P. Sullivan, better known as Sulley, and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski  as they scramble to prevent catastrophe when a human enters their world.

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More than just Monsters!
That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. Together with Monster’s Inc, fans will be able to add a plethora of DVD and Blu-Ray titles to their collection. From the Academy Award-winners Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3 and Brave to fan favourites like Cars, Toy Story and A Bugs Life, as well as the famous Pixar Shorts Vol 1 & 2, there is no better time to complete your collection from the world’s number 1 animation studio!

Video Gamers rejoice
From Prima Interactive comes amazing Disney/Pixar video games joining the
promotion, across all platforms. From the heart-thumping The Incredibles, Toy Story Mania 3D, Brave: The Video Game, to the educational Disney Learning: Finding Nemo and the comedic romps of Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales – the holidays will never be boring.

Not-so-scary monsters
Just Fun Toys  and Prima Toys are both joining in the Monster’s and Disney/Pixar craze as they release an exclusive and exciting range of toys. Have monster-ous fun with the Monster’s University Roll and Scare figurines and playset filled with frightful surprises.  Be the next scary monster with Sulley Scare Mask… your scare will raise some brows! Interactive plushes are the name of the game as My Scare Pal Sulley and My Scare Pal Mike hit shelves, complete with triggers that activate surprise phrases and sounds that will have kids in giggles. The cold weather will be kept at bay as youngsters set their imagination free.

Appealing Apparel
After all the excitement from the movies, games and toys, there will be an
exclusive range of awesome Monster’s University consumer products,
to tuck in youngsters after a hard-day’s playing. Bed linen, curtains and more –
every kid can be cool like their favourite monster!

With these titles and much more available, Winter just got a little warmer as
the Monster Disney/Pixar Festival hits retailers nationwide from
11 June through to the end of July.