Screenings take place
Friday and Saturday

This weekend only, get down to The Public Theatre to see 10 of the best short films the world has to offer. For one weekend only, film-goers in Lewiston, will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston, on Friday  and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at or by calling 782-3200. 

Manhattan Short audiences know a good short when they see one. Two of the top vote-getters from last year’s festival,  “SHOK,” (Kosovo) and “Bear Story” (Chile), became Oscar nominees, with the latter winning the famous statue in the best animated short category. The 10 short films being shown this year are all Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be posted on at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 3.

For more information on the Festival and to read detailed interviews with the 10 Finalists visit or click on the following links:

The final 10 films are: Tunnel,” (Norway);  “Carousel” (England); “Kaputt” 
(Germany); “Ella Gets A Promotion?” (USA); “Hold On” (The Netherlands); “Bravoman” (Russia);  “Overtime” (Australia); “Gorilla” (France);  “I Am A Pencil” (Australia); “The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR” (France).

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