Free Range Film Barn to host Manhattan ShortsLocal filmgoers will unite with audiences in over 200 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of established, as well as the next generation of, filmmakers from around the world when the 13th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Free Range Film Barn in Wrenshall.
Local filmgoers will unite with audiences in over 200 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of established, as well as the next generation of, filmmakers from around the world when the 13th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Free Range Film Barn in Wrenshall.
Out of 598 entries received from 48 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 Australia, Canada, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungry, Peru, Egypt, and two films from the USA in what festival organizers describe as the “United Nations of Film Festivals.”
These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Filmgoers will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are 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 internet at www.ManhattanShort.com at 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.
With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, the Manhattan Short has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing.
In one week, over 100,000 people from as far north as St. Petersburg, Russia, to as far south as Buenos Aires, Argentina, as far east as Kathmandu, Nepal, and as far west as Perth, Australia, will come together to view and vote on these 10 films.
“While the goal of any festival is to discover and promote new talent, the real aim of this festival is to bring communities together via stories from around the world,” said Nicholas Mason, Manhattan Short founder and director.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that what started as a small, relatively simple event when I projected a handful of short films onto the side of a truck on a downtown Manhattan street 13 years ago, would grow into what it is today, with communities all over the world getting together to celebrate via ten short films…It’s become like Earth Day – but with film,” added Mason.
For more information on the Festival and to read detailed interviews with the 10 finalists, visit www.ManhattanShort.com.