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Lights, camera, Manhattan!

IT'S time for all Rockhampton film buffs to come out of hiding, as the city is in for a unique treat this Friday.

Rockhampton is one of 11 locations in Australia to host the 12th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre.

And all audience members get a chance to vote for the winning film.

Rockhampton Regional Council cultural development associate Judy Couttie said that hosting the festival was a real coup for the city.

It's the second time running we've hosted it, screening to a sell-out audience last year.

“We have a great film culture in Rockhampton and that's from filmmakers as well as just people interested in films,” she said.

“We're expected a full house again this Friday.”

The festival screens in 173 cities across five continents this weekend - more than 100,000 people will vote for the best film.

This year the festival received 428 entries from 36 countries around the world from which 10 short films - all 14 minutes and under in length - were selected.

Countries represented this year include the USA, Australia, Mozambique, UK, Israel, Spain, France, Sweden and Italy in what festival organisers describe as a “Cinematic Olympiad”.

Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling yesterday said this was a very exciting project for the city and encouraged all to attend.



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