Hundreds of short films from all over the world narrowed down to 10 finalists, with the winner to be chosen by an international audience that could include you. The movies are shown during the same week in cities across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. My personal favorites for this year: the Netherland’s A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences (directed by Joost Reijmers), which links three men in three different centuries through clever animation and special effects, and USA’s ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (directed by Todd Sklar), involving stupid brothers and one of the most hilarious fight scenes ever filmed. But any of the other eight finalists have a chance to earn your vote: they come from Norway (The Devil’s Ballroom), Peru (Behind the Mirrors), UK/France (The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb), UK (Two & Two), Russia (Where Does the Sea Flow), Romania (Superman, Spider-Man, or Batman), Ireland (Cluck), and Spain (Voice Over). Just show up and vote. Who knows? Maybe your personal favorite would be as fortunate as France’s Madagascar, A Journey Diary, a brilliant animation that was a Manhattan Short finalist in 2010 and went on to earn a well-deserved Best Short Feature Oscar nomination in 2011. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that what started as a small, relatively simple event when I projected a handful of short films onto the side of a truck in downtown Manhattan 15 years ago, would grow into what it is today,” said festival founder and director Nicholas Mason. “It’s become like Earth Day — but with film.” The winner will be announced on October 7. $5-$10; 7pm Fri, Sep 28; URBAN-15, 2500 S Presa, (210) 736-1500, urban15.org. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.
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