429 Entries from 42 Countries -
Audiences Come Together in 115 cities Across Four Continents to Judge 12 Finalists in the
11th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
ONE WORLD - ONE WEEK - ONE FESTIVAL
NOOSA, You Be the Judge!
New York, NY - Sept. 8, 2008 - Filmgoers in NOOSA will unite with audiences in 114 other cities across four continents to view and judge the next generation of filmmakers when the 11th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Theatre J on Sat September 27th at 8:00pm
Out of 429 entries received from 42 countries around the world, Manhattan Short selected 12 finalist films which are all 16 minutes and under in length. Countries represented this year include USA, Australia, UK, The Netherlands, Israel, Ireland, Denmark, New Zealand, India and Spain, in what festival organizers describe as a "cinematic Olympiad."
These films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Filmgoers 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 on Spring Street (NYC) on Sunday, September 28 at 9:15 pm.
With past finalists going on to be nominated and even win the Oscar in the short film category, thus gaining entry to the Hollywood mainstream, the Manhattan Short has become known as one of the breeding grounds for the next big thing. From the 2007 Festival, three films went onto Sundance to which one film one, One film went on to be nominated for a BAFTA, while another went on to receive an Oscar Nomination.
In one week, over 80,000 people from as far north as St. Petersburg, Russia to as far south as Melbourne Australia, will view and vote on these 12 films. "While the goal of any festival is to discover and promote future talent, the ultimate aim of this festival is to bring communities together via twelve stories from around the world," says Nicholas Mason, Manhattan Short founder and director.
"From what started when I projected a handful of short films onto the side of a truck on a downtown Manhattan street 11 years ago, to where it is now blows my mind. Our goal is to eventually have this festival screen in every continent around the world during the same week," adds Mason.
In an ongoing effort to engage audiences worldwide, the Manhattan Short website's BLOG will come alive during the week of the festival (9/21-9/28) where attendees will share their thoughts on the finalist films. This is just one highlight of www.ManhattanShort.com which also contains interviews with the filmmakers and behind-the-scenes footage of festival events. Ticket prices are $15: 00 general admission
Director: Paul Gowers
One small random act of malice forces an ordinary man off the safe road and on to a dark journey he'll never forget.
Ode Ober (The Waiter)
The Netherlands (11:00)
Director: Hiba Vink
The waiter has been supplying perfect strangers with food and drinks for as long as he can remember. His murmured maelstrom of acute observations reveals an acquired omniscience regarding his clients' preferences and character traits. One day, something makes him ponder the concept of life beyond the doors of the restaurant.
Director: Chris King
After a suburban couple finally meets the pregnant young woman whose baby they are adopting, they are left with haunting and unforgettable memories of her forever. Based on a powerful true story that made national headlines in the U.S.
Teat Beat of Sex
Story & Animation: Signe Baumane
It is a take on first kiss, first make out session, first jealousy, first sex exclusively from a girl's point of view.
Director: Amit Gicelter
Jerusalem 1929, set against the backdrop of one of the harshest Arab attacks on the Jews in British Mandatory Palestine.
Director: Steph Green
The only thing harder than Joseph's first day of school in Ireland was his last day of school in Africa.
Director: Susan Everette
Grieving the death of her adoptive mother, Alison tries to track down her natural mother to find a replacement 'mum'. She sends out a videotape as an introduction. But are her intentions what they seem?
Make My Day
Director: Pelle Moeller
A Man arrives in the emergency hall with his son who has sprained his ankle in school. The father has always told the boy to never let anyone put you down, and what would "Clint" do in such a situation. However, when the attending doctor turns out to be one of those that bullied his father back in his school days, the kid takes matters into his own hands.
New Zealand (8:30)
Director: John Cohen-Du Four
The Game explores human fate by observing another, hidden level of existence — a place where decisions about life and death are literally played out on a strange game board. Two middle-aged men, Monty and Lazlo, face off in this dark watery underworld, in a surreal match neither can afford to lose.
Director: Mark Alston
A true to life drama set on a farm in Australia.
Director: Bob & Lola
Late at night a man stops under the window of someone's apartment and calls her name. No one responds from above. A motley group of helpful people slowly gather and expand the chorus, calling her name... When no one responds to this collective ruckus, everything changes...
The Golden Thread
Director: Diego Sanchidrián Rubio
Sometimes, mystifying bonds are set up between people. Bonds which overcome distance, oblivion and unawareness. And when those bonds are created, they can become what we need to survive.
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