The independent short film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Media Theatre for the third consecutive year on September 30 and October 1 at 7pm. The ten films chosen to be in the Festival not only entertain a global audience, but also allow the audience around the world to choose the winner.

The films will be screened across six continents from September 27 to October 6, 2013. Audiences at each film site are given a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the film they believe should win. Votes are sent, by theatre management, to Manhattan Short headquarters and the winner is announced on Sunday October 6 at 10pm Eastern time.

This year the Festival received a record breaking 628 entries from 48 countries. “In my 16 years of programming, this is by far the strongest show we have ever had,” said Founding Director Nicholas Mason. “From the first scene to the last, these films command every second of your attention. It’s anyone’s guess who will win the Gold Medal for 2013.”

Mason continued, “Audiences from around the world come together during one week to enjoy the same films. A film in Russia may be loved by its audience, but a completely different film could be a favorite in Arizona. It’s this worldwide audience which is so special, and this event becomes so exciting for the filmmakers.”

The Media Theatre hosts the Manhattan Short Film Festival for the third year September 30 and October 1 although the Festival has been established since 1998. It started when Mason mounted a screen to the side of a truck in Manhattan. A year later it was shown in Union Square Park and, following the tragic events of 9/11, it transformed into a worldwide phenomenon and is still the only film festival that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents. Over 100,000 film lovers unite from all corners of the globe for one week assisting to choose the Gold Medal worldwide winner.

The United States heads into the Festival with the greatest odds of winning as it has three short films within the ten finalists chosen. Tickets for the Festival at The Media Theatre September 30 and October 1 are $10 each. Each of the ten films are shown on both nights, and the program is a bit over two hours long.

Call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 for information or visit The Manhattan Short Film Festival is general seating. The concession stand and bar will be open for patrons. Doors open at 6:30pm with the Festival beginning at 7pm.

The films in the Manhattan Short Film Festival this year are:

 “# 30” (Australia) A talented young actress auditions for the role of Hamlet and not even Shakespeare could anticipate the result. Directed by Timothy Wilde.

“Do I Have To Take Care of Everything” (Finland) A comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids and a mother who is determined that it's best to take care of everything herself. Directed by Selma Vilhunen

 "Friday" (England) A young man plots revenge after losing his mother in a terrorist bombing in London. Directed by Seb Edwards

"No Comment" (France) A girl has two unexpected encounters with men in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Directed by Alexandra Naoum 

"Irish Folk Furniture" (Ireland) An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland. Directed by Tony Donaghue

"Black Metal" (USA)The lead singer of a Black Metal band confronts the effects of his violent lyrics. Directed by Kat Candler

"Faces from Places" (France) Portraits of Moscow, Pakistan, and Quebec as seen through the eyes of a traveling illustrator with a flair for adventure. Created By Bastien Dubois 

"I Am A Great Big Ball of Sadness" (USA)  At a swanky, rooftop party in New York City, three guests try to get past their cocktail smiles. From the short play written By Ken Urban

"Kizmet Diner" (England) A singing waitress in a diner finds the song that opens the heart of a disinterested customer. Directed By Mark Nunnely

"Pale of Settlement" (USA) Based on a true events, The Pale of Settlement, tells the story of a 10 year old Jewish boy, Moische, who must escape forced conscription into the Russian Army during the Crimean War. Directed By Jacob Sillman