Boston, you be the judge! Boston film lovers can unite with an audience of more than 100,000 film buffs in more than 250 cities across six continents with the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Ten short films are selected from 598 entries around the world and are screened September 23 to October 2. Audiences at each venue vote for the best film. Manhattan Short is a wonderful opportunity to see the next generation of feature filmmakers from around the world.
Finalists for 2012
The Devil’s Playground by Henrik M Dahlsbrakken (Norway, 16 min.). On a perilous journey to the North Pole, an Arctic explorer makes a critical decision with lifelong consequences.
A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences by Joost Reijmers (The Netherlands, 9 min.). Bad luck connects three men together even though they live in different centuries.
Where the Sea Flows by Vitaly Saltykov (Russia, 14 min.). A mother comes to grips with a precocious young daughter and the violent circumstances of her birth.
Two & Two by Babak Ansari (UK, 8 min.). In a school run by an authoritarian regime, a seemingly ridiculous decree becomes a syllabus for terror.
Cluck by Michael Lavelle (Ireland, 19 min.). Feathers are ruffled at the orphanage when a new arrival threatens to upset the pecking order.
Behind the Mirrors by Julio O Ramos (Peru, 12 min.). When one of the night's customers at a disreputable motel leaves an unexpected mess, the young manager sees an opportunity that may change his family's fortunes forever.
The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb (France, 13 min.). A monster terrorizes a town and induces collective hysteria with hilarious results.
Superman, Spiderman, or Batman by Tudor Giurgiu (Romania, 11 min.). Inspired by his favorite comic book heroes, a young boy tries to save the day.
92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card by Todd Sklar (US, 12 min.). Brothers Jim and Dave sort out their differences in extreme fashion when their father dies.
Voice Over by Marin Rosete (Spain,10 min.). A series of life-threatening experiences pale in comparison to a situation that requires real courage.