FILMGOERS in Rockhampton will unite with audiences in more than 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens in Rockhampton.
Rocky Flix will host the festival at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre tonight.
This year, Manhattan Short headquarters in New York received 589 short film entries from 47 countries around the world.
Filmmakers from England, Norway, Australia, Netherlands, France, Mexico, Germany and the US are all represented in this year's selection.
The program of short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by that audience as well.
Cinema-goers will become instant film critics, receiving a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for Best Film and Best Actor.
Votes will be sent through to Manhattan Short HQ, with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 6.
Founding director Nicholas Mason said the film festival united people from all corners of the globe.
"From Sydney to Mumbai, from Buenos Aires to Cairo, venues also include cinemas in 20 cities in the Ukraine, 40 cities in Russia, and 47 states in the US," he said.
"In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short, that contribute towards greater tolerance and understanding, are needed more than ever," he said.
"I want to thank and congratulate all the filmmakers and cinemas involved in this global cinematic event. This project is not going to cable TV or video on demand, it's about communities bonding together via their local cinema."
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Manhattan Short Film Festival
WHERE: Walter Reid Cultural Centre
WHEN: Friday, October 3, at 7.30pm.
TICKETS: Adult $20, concession $15, bookings, phone 0418187933.