The International Festival “Shnit” Comes Once Again to San José

    Simultaneously with 7 Other Countries, Costa Rica Will Exhibit a Large Sample of Short Films

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    Abelardo Canelo
    I am not only a fluent Spanish-English reader/speaker but also a bi-cultural person who has a broad solid background. I also have a passionate interest in different expressions of music, especially many American styles and their combinations (Folk-Country, Jazz, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul, and so on), dance, stage and screen, and some other forms of artistic expression.

    The annual Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival San Jose Playground (better known as the Shnit Festival) will begin on Wednesday, October 18th, and end on Sunday, October 22nd.  With more than 100 productions, the seventh edition of Shnit Festival San José is a window to see the best in short films from the world from October 18th to 22nd, at the Cine Magaly.

    Shnit is an important alternative film Festival.
    Shnit San José 2017

    This international event, which brings together over 30 thousand movie-goers and spectators, is held simultaneously in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bern (Switzerland), Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Moscow (Russia), Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand). The Festival, founded in Switzerland in 2003, has positioned itself as one of the most important cinematographic events in the world.

    The production of the festival announced that tickets for the four days can be obtained on the site, and the box office of Cine Magaly (only during the festival). The packages have prices between  3,500 colons (¢) -for one of the functions- and 30,000 ¢ -for the full pass with access to every day).

    The inauguration of October 18th will be at 8 p.m. at the Cine Magaly and will have a party at the bar Calle 23, at 9:30 p.m. m. The ticket package for that day costs 12,000 ¢. Simultaneously with the ethical functions, the festival will be held in 7 other cities in the world: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bern (Switzerland), Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Moscow (Russia), Tokyo ) and Bangkok (Thailand).

    According to data from Shnit production, San José is the second city with the most assistance (first is Bern, where the festival was born in 2003). In 6 editions, Cine Magaly has received around 18,000 attendees to its functions.

    What is there to see?

    Between Thursday 19th and Sunday 22nd October, the Shnit will offer short performances in the afternoons and evenings. International short films will be organized by blocks with color names. On Thursday and Friday, there will be 2 rounds per day; Saturday and Sunday, there will be 3. Specific programming can be checked in the Shnit digital box office.

    Drama short films are also present with productions like Heavy Orange.
    “Heavy Orange” screenshot

    Attendees can participate in the award for the public award through an application that can be searched in iOS and Android stores with the name “Shnit”. In its local selection, Shnit will also present 24 Costa Rican short films. A sample of 14 films will participate in the section “Made in Costa Rica” and will be evaluated by 3 jurors before designating a winner.

    In the sample, they emphasize documentary works, of animation, and fiction. Some of the productions are the fiction film “Paul is Here”, by Valentina Maurel, winner of the Cinéfondation prize at the prestigious Cannes Festival, and the animation “Chaves in the Photo”, by Alejandro Bonilla, about the writer Tico Luis Chaves.

    The functions of “Made in Costa Rica” will be on October 19th and 20th, at 8:30 p.m. The judges who will determine the winner are the promoter of Pacifica Gray, Karina Avellán; the director of photography, Christian Herrera; and the academic Ernesto Calvo.

    On the other hand, the sample “Local Flavor”: Churchill will have 10 proposals of emerging artistic producers, among which there are animations and music videos. The presentation of the prizes will be at the close of the Shnit Festival, Sunday, October 22nd, at 9 p.m. at the Cine Magaly.

    Special Activities

    Slices of Summer is one of the animated films present at the Shnit festival.
    “Slices of Summer” screenshot

    For children, Cine Magaly will also screen two special short films on 19th, at 10:30 a.m. m., and 21st, at 11 a. m. These will also participate in international competition. At the other extreme, for the adults, the Shnit will have a unique feature of short films with erotic content. The projection will be on October 19th, at 10:30 p.m.

    Tickets for Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival Playground SAN JOSÉ are now available to the public at the online DELEFOCO Ticket Office. They will also be on sale at the Magaly Cinema box office during the festival.


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