Audience Members Will Have Chance to Vote for Winner of International Film Festival; Ten Films to be Shown

PHOTO: Manhattan Short Film Festival LogoMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Filmgoers in Orange County will have the chance to unite with audiences in more than 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers when SUNY Orange hosts the 15th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival on its Newburgh campus at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28.

Festival director Nicholas Mason will attend the SUNY Orange screening, which will showcase this year’s 10 finalists culled from the 520 entries from 49 countries around the world. Each film is 18 minutes or less in length. Countries represented this year include the United States, Norway, The Netherlands, Russia, England, Ireland, Peru, France, Romania and Spain in what festival organizers describe as the “United Nations of Film Festivals.”

“While the goal of any festival is to discover and promote new talent, the real aim of this festival is to bring communities together via stories from around the world,” Mason said. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that what started as a small, relatively simple event when I projected a handful of short films onto the side of a truck on a downtown Manhattan street 15 years ago, would grow into what it is today, with communities all over the world getting together to celebrate via 10 short films ... it’s become like Earth Day - but with film.”

Those in attendance will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City--as well as posted online at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.

With several past finalists having been ultimately nominated, and even winning, an Oscar in the short film category, the Manhattan Short has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing. More than 100,000 people from such locales as St. Petersburg, Russia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kathmandu, Nepal; Perth, Australia; and more than 150 cinemas in 47 U.S. states are expected to view the 10 films over a weeklong span.

The selected films include: “The Devil’s Ballroom” by Henrik M Dahlsbrakken (Norway); “A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences” by Joost Reijmers (Holland); “Where Does the Sea Flow” by Vitaly Saltykov (Russia); “Two & Two” by Babak Anvari (England); “Cluck” by Michael Lavelle (Ireland); “Behind the Mirrors” by Julio O. Ramos (Peru); “The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb” by Clement Bolla, F.X. Goby and Matt Landour (England); “Superman, Spiderman or Batman” by Tudor Glurgiu (Romania); “92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card” by Todd Sklar (United States); and “Voice Over” by Martin Rosete (Spain).

Admission is $5. SUNY Orange students with a valid ID card will be admitted free. For more information, visit

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Mike Albright
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