MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MEDIA THEATRE SEPT. 29 & 30

The independent short film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Media Theatre for the fourth consecutive year on September 29 and 30 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. Audiences at The Media Theatre actually cast votes that count towards the eventual winning film.

The films will be screened across six continents from September 26 to October 5, 2014. 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 shortly after the worldwide festival closes.

A scene from Mexico's entry, "La Carnada"
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing memorable  films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond. Some of the festival’s films have gone on to be nominated for the Academy Award.

The Media Theatre hosts the Manhattan Short Film Festival for the fourth year September 29 and 30 although the Festival has been established since 1998. It started when Nicholas Mason, the creator of the annual event, 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.
From USA's entry "The Bravest, The Boldest"
The United States and England head into the Festival with the greatest odds of winning as both have two short films within the ten finalists chosen. Tickets for the Festival at The Media Theatre September 29 and 30 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 mediatheatre.org. The Manhattan Short Film Festival is general seating. The concession stand and bar will be open for patrons. Doors open at 6:00pm with the Festival beginning at 7pm.
A scene from Australia's short film entry "Shift"
The films in the Manhattan Short Film Festival this year are:

“97%” (Netherlands) A man tries to track down a potential love interest on a train using a smart phone.

“Crime” (USA) A graphic-novel-style documentary about the havoc crime creates told by those living through it.

“On The Bridge” (England)  Two men debate jumping into the river below as they stand on London’s Waterloo Bridge. 

“Shift” (Australia) A thief invents the perfect tool to make the perfect heist.

“The Fall” (Norway) Two mountaineers depend on each other during a climb but one has a secret that puts trust to the test.

“On/ Off” (France) An astronaut hears a message that turns a routine space walk into a dangerous mission.

“La Carnada” (Mexico) Crossing the border into the USA illegally proves more dangerous than a teenager imagines.

“Mend and Make Do” (England) An elderly woman reminisces about her life before and after WWII in animated fashion.

“The Bravest, The Boldest” (USA) A mother tries to avoid two Army officers ready to deliver to her the worst news of her life.

“Rhino Full Throttle” (Germany) A man searching for the soul of a city encounters an enigmatic young woman who unlocks his heart.








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