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Manhattan Short film festival returns to the Strand Theatre Saturday



Manhattan Short is back. Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., come to the Strand Theatre (717 Clay St.) and be part of a unique movie happening.

Manhattan Short is a worldwide event taking place in more than 400 venues across six continents between Sept. 26 and Oct. 6, 2019. The final 10 selections for its 22nd Annual Short Film Festival are screened simultaneously across the world during this one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The final 10 Manhattan Short films hail from seven countries: one each from France, Iran, Canada, Germany and Finland; two from the United States; and three from the United Kingdom. The 10 films represent the best short films from 1,250 submissions from 70 countries and are a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

Manhattan Short continues to be a premier showcase for female directors: five of the final 10 are directed by woman, including the finalist from Iran. This year’s final 10 represent an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas, fast-paced animation, spine-tingling suspense and hilarious comedies, as well as genre surprises like a pair of science fiction films and one film that focuses on tennis.

“A narrative short film on sports is as rare as a centaur sighting,” said Pia Andell, director of the “The Match.”

The Manhattan Short final 10 are: “Nefta Football Club” (France), “Debris” (USA), “Driving Lessons” (Iran), “Tipped” (Canada), “Sylvia” (United Kingdom), “The Match” (Finland), “This Time Away” (UK), “Malou” (Germany), “A Family Affair” (UK) and “At The End of the World” (USA).

Watch the promo: 

This is a popular event. Come early to make sure you get a seat.

After watching the films and casting your ballot, head to Martin’s at Midtown (1101 Belmont St.) for a drink while the ballots are counted, and wait for the winners to be announced.

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse (1101 Washington St.).


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