This year the best of international short film comes to Southampton courtesy of Shnit – a film festival with a difference. Based in Berne, Switzerland it’s held in people’s houses and alternative venues around the globe – from Luanda to Bogota, from St Petersburg to Seattle – and at Bitterne Park Baptist Church Hall in Southampton. According to Urban Dictionary ‘shnit’ means “funky, freaky, and full of style; something shnitty is unique and extraordinary in any positive way” – and this years’ award-winning film selection certainly lives up to this description.
Those who recall previous years’ screenings are in for a treat as Couch Fest has this year teamed up with Shnit to produce an outstanding selection of films. The screening at Bitterne Park presents a unique 90 minute selection, including, from Germany, Herman the German, winner of the Best Short Film Audience Award at the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival 2015; from Tunisia, Pére, winner of Best Short Film at the recent Arab World International Film Festival and Contrapelo, winner of Best Mexican Short Film at this years’ Monterrey International Film Festival, as well as many other brilliant international short films – none of which are available to view online.
Please note that street parking is limited. We’re just a few steps away from the Wellington Road stop on the no. 7 bus route linking Southampton city centre to Townhill Park. The venue is accessible to disabled guests.