The Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Blue Walnut Cafe and Cinema in Torquay from the 1st to the 5th of October 2012.
Pitched as the world’s first global festival, this year, 12 short films have been picked from 520 entrants across 49 different countries, and the viewer is the judge.
Once the viewer has viewed the 12 finalists that have made the final grade, they then vote for their favourite. After the results have been compiled, the winner will be announced on Sunday October 7th at 10PM EST.
Speaking as someone who has attended the festival for the past 3 years, I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a vivid reminder of the power of short film: the ability to compress a narrative into a short timespan, the importance of economy without ever compromising creativity.
The charming, friendly environment of The Blue Walnut Cinema is the perfect place to soak up the creativity and international scale of the festival. The Blue Walnut has the great honour of being one of only three venues in the UK to screen the festival, and the charming cinema at the rear of the building (remnants of an old Nickolodeon) boasts a unique, peaceful identity all of its own, complete with 23 tiered seats, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and Widescreen.
Manhattan Short takes audiences on a thrilling global journey, this year hopping the globe from Norway to Ireland and Russia (the country’s first inclusion into the festival). It’s easy to become jaded by the samey content peddled by the multiplexes; this festival reminds audiences of the extraordinary power of cinema, an artform that has the ability to unite people of all nationalities and languages.
This year’s entrants:
The Devil’s Ballroom (Norway)
A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences (Netherlands)
Where does the Sea Flow (Russia)
Two & Two (UK)
Behind the Mirrors (Peru)
The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb (France)
Superman, Spiderman or Batman (Romania)
92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (USA)
Voice Over (Spain)