Filmgoers in Charlotte will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 21stAnnual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place at the new $9.5 million theatre on the campus of Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road, October 5 – 7, 2018. Reserved seating www.inspirenorthwest.org.
Opening night October 5th @ 6:30 PM film lovers will be greeted by a live string quartet, and while seated waiting for the nine features to begin @ 7 PM, they will have the pleasure of listening to the award-winning NWSA Jazz band.
The Final Nine are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period (September 27 to October 7, 2018), with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind.
The Nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These Final Nine short films represent the best short films from among 1,565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2018, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s Final Nine represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War II epic; a film shot entirely underwater and comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.
The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Nine are:
Lacrimosa (Austria), Fauve(Canada), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Her (Kosovo), Fire In Cardboard City(New Zealand), Baghead, (UK), Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (UK), and Home Shopper (USA).
All Final Nine short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas in the county of Los Angeles in Hollywood from Sept 21 to Oct 27.
You Be the Judge!
Which of these Final Nine short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 8, at 10AM EST.