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Globalising Cinema | Manhattan Short Film Festival

By Ella Stening
1st Oct 2013

One world. One week. One festival. 

150,000 people. 300 cities. 6 continents. 

From September 27th until October 6th, galleries, universities, museums and cafes across the world will unite for one specific purpose - to show the cream of the crop of the up and coming short film industry. All throughout the week, venues around the world have dedicated their screens for ten finalist films chosen by the Manhattan Short judging panel. The festival is in its 16th year, and after receiving over 600 short film entries from 48 different countries, you can be assured these ten finalists will be nothing short of extraordinary. 

Over the week, the ten finalist films will screen more than 800 times all across the world, and the coolest thing about it all is that you will be the one to decide who takes away the Manhattan Short laurels. One of the films in the finalist group is an Australian film as well - so we can push to get some local recognition. It's the kind of power that we wish we could've had for the Emmy's - #nodisrespect, but Jeff Daniels? Come on. 

You'll be at the screening for all of two hours, and there's a number of different awards that you can vote towards - best actor, best film, etc. One of the more surreal parts about the festival is the fact that whilst you sit nibbling in your popcorn, someone, somewhere in the world, is doing exactly the same thing as you. This friends, is shared art at its pinnacle. 

If you want to be a part of the Manhattan Short, you can attend the Melbourne screening on October 2nd at the Hoyts Cinemas at either Chadstone Shopping Centre, or Northland. It'll cost you under $20 for a slice of world cinema history. 

For more information, see the Manhattan Short website.

Manhattan Short Screening
Hoyts Chadstone & Hoyts Northland

Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00pm

Image Credits: Carol Shepko & The Italic Letter

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