Elizabeth City — Film lovers from across eastern North Carolina and Hampton Roadscan unite with audiences in more than 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 21st annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Arts of the Albemarle.

Nine finalists, selected from 1,565 entries, will be shown at AoA’s Maguire Theater at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Each film is less than 20 minutes, with a short intermission.

Ticket prices are $15 for non-AoA members, $12 for members and active duty military and $8 for students with ID.

At the conclusion of each run, filmgoers vote for the Best Short film and Best Actor. Winners will be announced at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at ManhattanShort.com. All finalists are eligible for the 2019 Oscar Nominations.

The films will be screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period — Sept. 27-Oct. 7.

Tickets are available by calling (252) 338-6455 or visiting AoA, 516 E. Main St., Elizabeth City.

Manhattan Short offers a truly a unique film going experience. Launched in 1998 by founding director Nicholas Mason, it is not only one of the largest short film festivals in the world but the world’s first and only global film festival.

“This event is never going to be seen on cable TV, video on demand or anywhere else,’’ Mason says.

The nine finalists hail from eight countries — Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. Dev Patel, star of “Slumdog Millionaire,’’ directed the American entry. The films represent an extraordinary range of genres, including intimate dramas, fast-paced animation, spine-tingling tales, a World War II epic, a film shot entirely underwater.

The finalists are:

  • “Lacrimosa” (Austria)
  • “Fauve” (Canada)
  • “Someone” (Germany)
  • “Chuchotage” (Hungary)
  • “Her” (Kosovo)
  • “Fire In Cardboard City” (New Zealand)
  • “Baghead” (UK)
  • “Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times” (UK)
  • “Home Shopper” (USA).


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