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 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at The Loft.
Out of a record-breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world, the Manhattan Short programmers selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include England, Ireland, France, Finland, Australia 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 6 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:
Irish Folk Furniture (Dir. by Tony Donahue, Ireland, 6:35)
An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland.
No Comment (Dir. by Alexandra Naoum, France, 3:41)
A girl has two unexpected encounters with men in the Jardin du Lexembourg in Paris.
Pale of Settlement (Dir. by Jacob Sillman, USA, 17:58)
A 10-year-old boy faces conscription by the Russian Army during the Crimean War.
Faces from Places (Dir. by Bastien Dubois, France, 9:00)
Portraits of Moscow, Pakistan and Quebec as seen through the eyes of a traveling illustrator with a flair for adventure.
Friday (Dir. by Seb Edwards, UK, 17:30)
A young man plots revenge after losing his mother in a terrorist bombing in London.
I Am a Big Ball of Sadness (Dir. by Ken Urban, USA, 8:36)
At a swanky, rooftop party in New York City, three guests try to get past their cocktail smiles.
#30 (Dir. By Timothy Wilde, Australia, 8:53)
A talented young actress auditions for the role of Hamlet and not even Shakespeare could anticipate the result.
Kizmet Diner (Mark Nunnely, UK, 9:00)
A singing waitress in a diner finds the song that opens the heart of a disinterested customer.
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Selma Vilhunen, Finland, 6:35)
A comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids and a mother who is determined that it’s best to take care of everything herself.
Black Metal (Kat Candler, USA, 9:00)
The lead singer of a Black Metal band confronts the effect of his violent lyrics.
(Total running time: Approximately 98 mins., Not Rated) Digital