Moviegoers in Tucson will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 15th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at The Loft.
Out of 520 entries received from 49 countries around the world, Manhattan Short selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include Norway, The Netherlands, Russia, England, Ireland, Peru, France, Romania, Spain and the USA in what festival organizers describe as the “United Nations of Film Festivals.”
What makes the Manhattan Short Film Festival unique is that the audience will not only be watching and enjoying the films, but judging them as well. Each audience member will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City, as well as posted on the Manhattan Short website, on Sunday, October 7th at 10:00pm.
With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated for, and even winning, the Academy Award in the short film category, the Manhattan Short Film Festival has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing, and you’re a part of the action!
This year’s line-up includes:
The Devil’s Ballroom (Henrik M Dahlsbrakken, Norway, 15:30)
On a perilous journey to the North Pole, an Arctic explorer makes a critical decision with lifelong consequences.
A Curios Conjunction of Coincidences (TJoost Reijmers, The Netherlands, 8:34)
Bad luck connects three men together even though they live in different centuries.
Where Does The Sea Flow (Vitaly Soltykov, Russia, 14:00)
A mother comes to grips with a precocious young daughter and the violent circumstances of her birth.
Two & Two (Babak Anvari, UK, 8:25)
In a school run by an authoritarian regime, a seemingly ridiculous decree becomes a syllabus for terror.
Cluck (Michael Lavelle, Ireland, 19:00)
Feathers are ruffled at the orphanage when a new arrival threatens to upset the pecking order.
Behind The Mirrors (Julio O Ramos, Peru, 12:10)
When one of the night’s customers at a disreputable motel leaves an unexpected mess, the young manager sees an opportunity that may change his family’s fortunes forever.
The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb (Clement Bolla, FX Goby, Matthieu Landour, France/UK, 12:50)
A monster terrorizes a town and induces collective hysteria with hilarious results.
Superman, Spiderman or Batman (Tudor Giurgiu, Romania, 11:00)
Inspired by his favorite comic book heroes, a young boy tries to save the day.
’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (Todd Sklar, USA, 12:00)
Brothers Jim and Dave sort out their differences in extreme fashion when their father dies.
Voice Over (Martin Rosete, Spain, 9:50)
A series of life-threatening experiences pale in comparison to a situation that requires real courage.