The Manhattan Short Film Festival Returns To Torbay

The Manhattan Short Film Festival Returns To Torbay

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Last year, we unearthed the news that Torbay’s hidden cinema gem – The Blue Walnut – hosts the annual international Manhattan Short Film Festival. The festival is returning to Torbay for another year; check out the guide!

Since 2002, The Blue Walnut has hosted the annual International Manhattan Short Film Festival with audiences from all walks of life attending from Torbay, Exeter, Plymouth and even tourists from as far afield as America, Canada and Norway. The audience isn’t just there to watch and enjoy the 18-minute shorts, but it’s also their responsibility to judge the 9 finalist films.

On the evening, you’re given a voting card when you arrive, which lists the ten films. At the end of the evening, you get to choose who you think is the best actor and film. After the screening, I gather all the results and then send a result sheet through to Nick in New York. Then he collates all the votes from across the world to produce a winner.’
— Dave, from the Blue Walnut.

Nicholas Mason started the Manhattan Short started in 1998 with 200 people attending, now the festival unfolds simultaneously, in more than 300 cinemas on six continents for one week bringing together over 100,000 film-lovers.

I started the Manhattan Short Film Festival, when I mounted a screen to the side of a truck in Mulberry Street in Little Italy in New York City to a crowd of just over 200 people. Looking back, what fascinates me most is the Manhattan Short was never once reliant on celebrities or corporate sponsors to exist. It was all about great films, a great concept, great venues and an appreciative audience. It was that combination that has made this one of the largest short film festivals in the world today.
— Founding Director, Nicholas Mason

From 1565 submissions from 73 countries, 9 finalist films will be judged between 27 Sept - 7 Oct. The shorts represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas, fast-paced animation, spine-tingling tales, a World War II epic, a film shot entirely underwater, and a comedy. Finalists include:

Baghead (United Kingdom)
Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand)
Home Shopper (USA)
Her (Kosovo)
Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom)
Someone (Germany)
Chuchotage (Hungary)
Fauve (Canada)
Lacrimosa (Austria)


Be a part of the Manhattan Short at Torquay’s exclusive 23 capacity venue, The Blue Walnut. You can have your say on the 28, 29 September, 1,2,3,4,5,6 October - for more information visit The Blue Walnut’s website.

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