Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to LPCA

LAKE PLACID – Filmgoers in Lake Placid will unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Thursday, Sept 28 through Oct 8 when the 20th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and are available by calling the box office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.

The 10 Manhattan Short finalists hail from nine countries with films from Syria, Latvia and Georgia representing their respective countries for the first time in this event.

Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections. These Final 10 short films represent the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by Manhattan Short for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films.

This year’s Final 10 represent a range of film genres with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation, and martial arts short films all part of the Manhattan Short program.

In addition, all Final 10 short films will become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination, by screening for a week at Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood from Sept.22 to Sept 28.

The final 10 films are as follows: “Do No Harm” (New Zealand), “Behind” (Spain), “Fickle Bickle” (USA), “Hope Dies Last” (United Kingdom), “The Perfect Day” (Spain), “Just Go!” (Latvia), “Mare Nostrum” (Syria), “Viola, Franca” (Italy), “In a Nutshell” (Switzerland), “8 Minutes” (Georgia).

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