Irish cinéastes and common plebs - I jest - shall unite with audiences in 97 other cities across three continents to view and judge a burgeoning generation of filmmakers when the 10th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at:
Town Hall Theatre (Galway) on Sunday, September 30 at 3 pm.
Cork Film Centre (Cork) on Sunday, September 30 at 8 pm.
Out of 456 entries received from 33 countries around the world, Manhattan Short selected 12 finalist shorts. Countries represented include USA, Australia, Canada, UK, Kenya, Israel, Spain, Singapore and Germany. An interesting cinematic tapestry awaits. A culturally distinct and diverse smorgasbord, a vital cross section of filmic possibility.
But wait, there's more... These films shall not only be enjoyed on a global scale, but shall be judged on one too. Audience members will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film that they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each cinema and forwarded to the festival’s headquarters where the winner will be announced at Union Square Park (NYC) on Sunday, September 30 at 9:15 pm. and posted on www.msfilmfest.com by 10 pm.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of either the Town Hall Theatre or the Cork Film Centre that Sunday, then you should really take a look at the talent on offer... Oscar nominations (even victories) are the norm for winners of the Manhattan Short. Furthermore, admission is a mere €7.
Go on, it just makes sense.
Actually, whilst on the subject of the Manhattan Short... The following is a short film that was programmed in the 2006 Manhattan Short Film Festival's world tour. It is called Who I Am and What I Want. It is directed by David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd. Disturbingly reassuring: