LPCA hosts Manhattan Short Film Festival on Friday

LAKE PLACID — Film lovers are invited to join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world to view and vote on 10 short films when the 26th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased online at www.lakeplacidarts.org or by calling 518-523-2512.

The Final 10 will screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the best film and best actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The 10 Manhattan Short finalists hail from seven countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. They represent the best short films from among 850 submissions from 72 countries received by Manhattan Short for this year.

Final 10

“Sunless” (U.S.), “Voice Activated” (Australia), “Yellow” (Afghanistan), “Tuulikki” (Finland), “The Family Circus” (U.S.), “Career Day” (U.S.), “Snail” (Iran), “The Record” (Switzerland), “The Stupid Boy” (UK) and “Soleil De Nuit” (Canada).

The 2023 line-up is linked by a common theme: how we face adversity, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances. The 10 short films in the program feature narratives that are dramatic, sometimes humorous, occasionally magical and always inspirational!

All Final 10 short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from Sept. 22 to 28.

You be the judge

Which of these Final 10 short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the U.S. and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Actor. Manhattan Short is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to Manhattan Short headquarters with the winner announced at manhattanshort.com at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

Starting at $1.44/week.

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