Filmgoers in Orlando will unite with audiences in 203 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the next generation of filmmakers for the 12th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival to screen at the Enzian Theater on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30pm.
Out of 440 entries received from 43 countries around the world, Manhattan Short selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 15 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, Croatia, Ireland, Mexico, France, Poland and Italy.
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 on Sunday, October 3 at 10:00 pm.
Past finalists have been nominated and even won the Oscar in the short film category.
"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," says 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 12 years ago, would grow to become the world's first global film festival," adds Mason.