Audience will pick film festival winner

TUPELO – The organizers of the 13th Manhattan Short Film Festival think you know quality when you see it.
From today to Oct. 3, people in more than 200 cities will watch the same 10 short films and vote for their favorites. Votes from six continents will be tallied to find a winner.
Film fans in Northeast Mississippi will screen the shorts beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Commons Malco.
“How often do you get to cast a vote on the outcome and be part of a worldwide event at the same time?” said Pat Rasberry, Tupelo film commissioner.
Each audience member will get a ballot as they enter the theater. They’ll see films from the United Kingdom, Mexico, Croatia, France, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Poland, Germany and Italy.
“There are 10 films but they’re short, so everything goes pretty quickly,” Rasberry said.
The winners are scheduled to be announced on Oct. 3 at the festival’s website, www.msfilmfest.com.
Tupelo and Meridian are the two Mississippi cities taking part in the event. You can go to The Temple Theater in Meridian at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 and pay $7.50.
Or you can catch the Tupelo show, which will cost $6. Those tickets are available at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call (662) 841-6521 for more information. Tickets also will be sold at the Malco before the screening.
“It is a really special event,” Rasberry said. “Go out, grab a meal, bring a group of people and make a fun night of it.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal