In Hudson: The Envelope, Please?
One film festival, 7 days long, showing 12 short films at 115 venues around the world, and you get to be the judge. Literally. Such is the oddly conceived and named Manhattan Short Film Festival, now in its 11th season. Why odd? To begin, unlike every other film festival, this one is not named for its locale. For another, it only shows shorts, an otherwise difficult category of film to see. And finally, what do a bunch of random ticket buyers know?
Apparently, enough. Among the 2007 finalists, two went on to screen at the Sundance Film.Festival, and one of them, I Met the Walrus, won and was later nominated for an Oscar. The other, Soft was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, as well.
This year’s films, which were culled from 429 entries from 42 counties, will be screened next week in venues from St. Petersburg to Buenos Aires, including locally at Space 360 in Hudson. At the end of each screening, audience members will be presented with voting cards and asked to select their favorite. On September 28, the night following the final screening, the winner will be announced in (ah, so that’s the connection) Manhattan.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Space 360, 360 Warren, Hudson; 518.697.3360
Admission: $8 Reservations recommended.
The same 12 shorts are shown at each screening.
Sunday, September 21 at 2 & 5
Wednesday, September 24 at 7
Thursday, September 25 at 7
Friday, September 26 at 2, 5 & 8
Saturday, September 27 at 2, 5 & 8