FILMGOERS in Rockhampton region will unite with audiences in more than 300 cities worldwide to see and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers when the 16th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre in September.
From a record-breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world, Manhattan Short selected 10 short films as finalists.
Countries represented this year include the USA, England, Ireland, France, Finland and Australia.
Themes include an Australian film about an actress auditioning for the role of Hamlet; guests at a swanky rooftop party in New York City; the lead singer of a Black Metal band confronts the effect of his violent lyrics; a young man plots revenge after a terrorist bombing in London; two unexpected encounters in the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris; an animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland; and a comedy about a chaotic morning in a family home in Finland.
These 10 short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well.
Filmgoers will be handed a voting card to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to Manhattan Short headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City in October.
For the first time, Manhattan Short will name a Best Actor based upon audience voting. By asking the audience to vote for Best Actor, Manhattan Short wants to acknowledge the crucial role an actor plays in the execution of a short film director's vision.
New York-based Festival Director Nicholas Mason said that the festival had something for everyone from 16 to 80 years of age.
"In my 16 years of programming Manhattan Short, this is by far the strongest program I've ever put together," he said.
Tickets are on sale from the Pilbeam Theatre Box Office, Dial'n'Charge 4927 4111 and http://www.seeitlive.com.au
It is rated MA 15+.
If You Go
Where: Walter Reid Cultural Centre
When: Friday, September 27