Audiences pick the flicks at Manhattan Film Festival

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Movie fans, sharpen your pencils.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to Tupelo next week. Billed as the “world’s first global film festival,” the event allows movie-goers to experience 10 short films from all over the world and then vote on their favorite.
“It’s a really cool event. It’s an experience. Not only are you a judge, but all over the world, people are seeing the same 10 films and judging, too,” said Tupelo Film Commissioner Pat Rasberry.
Nearly 600 movies worldwide were submitted into this year’s festival and only 10 were selected as finalists.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival is a two-hour event, with five films screened, a short intermission and closing with the final five films.
Audience members will then get a ballot and can mark their vote for the winner.
The film with the most votes will be announced on manhattanshort.com on Oct. 2.
Rasberry said the films are not rated but several of them are not kid-friendly.
The films include “Sexting,” directed by Neil LaBute and starring “Dexter” actress Julia Stiles, a Canadian horror flick, “The Legend of Beaver Dam,” a documentary on this year’s Egyptian uprising and the Scottish comedy “I Love Luci.”
Shorts from Hungary, Australia, Peru, Switzerland and Sweden are also included.
The films will be shown across the world, including cities in Russia, Argentina, Nepal and Australia. It’s invitation-only to be a screening city, and this is Tupelo’s third year to be invited, Rasberry said.
Tickets are available now by calling the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, and will be available at the door.
“Make a night of it,” Rasberry said. “Get a group together, grab a bite to eat and come to the Manhattan. How many times do you get to judge in a global competition?”

Watch and vote
What: Manhattan Film Festival

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 29

Where: Malco Commons, Tupelo

Cost: $6

Info: tupelofilmfestival.net, (800) 533-0611