For several years, I’ve championed the community building endeavors of Couch Fest Films, an annual event where people meet to watch award-winning motion pictures in strangers’ houses, aboard their boats and inside other unconventional venues around the world -- all on one day. During that time I also became an official ambassador for this cozy “little festival that could,” hosting movie screenings in Philadelphia.
So when Couch Fest -- which was founded on the west coast -- became part of the shnit International Short Film Festival (juried in 2014 by Oscar winning screenwriter Paul Haggis of Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale) based in Switzerland, I jumped at the chance to bring their 2015 shnit CINEMAS worldwide installment to the city known as the birthplace of America.
shnit International Short Film Festival is the first global, multicultural event catering to motion pictures that are 40 minutes or less.
Hosted simultaneously in select cities across 5 continents, the festival unites filmmakers and movie lovers for an exceptional short film experience.
Now, film fans in Philly have an opportunity to watch a curated selection of 8 shorts from around the world that are nominated for the international competition of this festival. The Philadelphia audience will also operate as the jury by choosing the winner of THE FLAMING FAUN award, which includes prize money of $20,000 for the winning filmmaker.
On Saturday October 17th, the shnit CINEMAS worldwide exhibition hits the big screen in the Roberto Hernandez Theater at Taller Puertorriqueño (2557 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA; map address here). Residents in the Greater Philadelphia area were able to score Early Bird tickets to this upcoming event during my pop-up shnit Cinemas box office launch at the Feria del Barrio arts celebration that took place in September. Advance Tickets to see this diverse collection of short films, including an Academy Award contender, two successfully backed Kickstarter projects, and a Palme d’Or nominee from Cannes, are ON SALE NOW!
Let’s come together to watch, discuss and vote on some of the world’s best films!