During the week of September 23 – October 2, filmgoers in San Antonio, TX will unite with over 100,000 film lovers across the world to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers. This year, Manhattan Short received a record breaking 844 short film entries from 52 countries. The 10 finalists hail from eight countries, and in San Antonio will screen at the URBAN-15 Studio for two weekends (September 23rd/24th and September 30th/October 1st), beginning at 8pm each night.
Manhattan Short’s unique and enduring feature is that it offers cinema goers a chance to become film critics, filling out a ballot after the screening that allows them to vote for Best Film and Best Actor. Votes will be sent to Manhattan Short HQ, and winners announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 3rd at 10am EST. With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, Manhattan Short is well recognized as a breeding ground for the next big thing in film. Check out last year’s Bear Story , from Chile, which won an Oscar for best short film:
In the words of founder Nicholas Mason, “In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute toward greater tolerance and understanding are needed more than ever. …This project is not going to cable TV or Video on Demand, it’s about communities bonding together via their local cinema.”
Manhattan Short began in 1998, when Mason screened 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, in New York City. A year later, the festival moved up-town to Union Square Park in New York City. In the aftermath of 9/11, Manhattan Short transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents. For more information on the history of the Manhattan Short Film Festival, click here.
For information on this year’s ten finalist films, visit http://www.manhattanshort.com/finalists.html
Tickets are $10 for general admission and can be purchased at the door or presale at https://urban-15.ticketleap.com/the-2016-manhattan-short-film-festival/