By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
There’s another election happening this fall, and it has nothing to do with politics.
The international Manhattan Short Film Festival, taking place in one week all over the world – including at the Malco in Tupelo – aims to find the world’s best short film. Audiences watch 10 short films from around the globe and vote on their favorite. The votes are sent into Manhattan, where they’re counted and the winner is announced on Oct. 7.
“The Manhattan event is so much fun,” said Tupelo Film Commissioner Pat Rasberry. “You can really make it a cutting edge, fun night.”
Tupelo is one of more than 150 locations participating; the festival will take place in all 50 states of the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
The Manhattan will be in Tupelo at the Malco on Oct. 4.
The films are shorts from all over the world that range in length from just over eight minutes to almost 20 minutes.
The films include “The Devil’s Ballroom,” a Norwegian short about an Arctic explorer; “A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences,” a short from Holland about bad luck that connects three men living in different centuries; Russian film “Where the Sea Flows,” about a mother and her precocious young daughter’s violent birth; “Two & Two,” about terror in a UK school; “Cluck,” from Ireland, about a new arrival at an orphanage; Peruvian film “Behind the Mirrors,” about a young motel manager; the comedy/monster movie “The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb,” from France; “Voice Over,” from Spain, about life-threatening experiences that pale in comparison to a situation that requires real courage; Romanian film “Superman, Spiderman, or Batman,” about a young boy’s attempts to be like his favorite comic book superheroes; and “92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card,” from the U.S., about brothers who must sort out their differences after their father dies.
“For $6 you get to see 10 films, and you’re a part of the voting system,” Rasberry said. “It’s truly a fun, New York-ish-style feeling.”
Tickets to the Manhattan Short Film Festival are available at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau or at the theater door at the Malco.
The Manhattan will continue in March with a features film festival.
On the big screen
What: Manhattan Short Film Festival
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 4
Where: Malco, Tupelo
Cost: $6, available through the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau or at the theater door at the Malco
Info: (662) 841-6521, tupelofilmfestival.net, manhattanshort.com