San Antonio is one of 204 worldwide cities hosting a screening of what’s been called “the world’s first global film festival.” After viewing 10 shorts (each 15 minutes or less) directed by this year’s finalists, audiences across six continents will vote for their favorite films. Once SA’s votes are tallied with those from such distant locales as Katmandu, St. Petersburg, and Perth, a winner will be announced (on Oct 3 at 10pm). Past winners have gone on to win Oscars in the Short Film category; so don’t take your voting card lightly. According to its organizers, the Manhattan Short Film Festival is: The “United Nations of film festivals,” the “testing ground for the next big thing,” and a way to “promote new talent … `and` bring communities together via stories from around the world.” To learn more about the films (Max Myers’ Watching ? UK; Eduardo Covarrubias Díaz’s Underground ? Mexico; Dalibor Matanic’s Party ? Croatia; Bastien Dubois’ Madagascar ? France; Thomas Hefferon’s The Pool ?Ireland; Mairi Cameron’s Push Bike ? Australia; Helene Florent’s A Little Inconvenience ? Canada; Magnus Van Horn’s Echo ? Poland; Daniel Nocke’s 12 Years ? Germany; and Paolo Sassanelli’s War ? Italy), look for synopses and interviews with the directors, at manhattanshort.com/2010_finalists.html. $8 ($5 for military, artists, students, and seniors), 8pm Fri & Sat, URBAN-15 Studio, 2500 S. Presa, urban15.org, msfilmfest.com.
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