Film fest screenings land at LPCA next week

LAKE PLACID — Film lovers are invited to join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world to view and vote on 10 short films when the 26th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased online at www.lakeplacidarts.org or by calling 518-523-2512.

The Final 10 screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The Final 10 Manhattan Short finalists hail from seven countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada alongside three films from the U.S. These Final 10 films represent the best short films from among 850 submissions from 72 countries received by Manhattan Short for 2023, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

The Manhattan Short Final 10 are: “Sunless” (U.S.), “Voice Activated” (Australia), “Yellow” (Afghanistan), “Tuulikki” (Finland), “The Family Circus” (U.S.), “Career Day” (U.S.), “Snail” (Iran), “The Record” (Switzerland), “The Stupid Boy” (U.K.), “Soleil De Nuit” (Canada).

The 2023 line-up is linked by a common theme: How adversity is faced, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances.

All Final 10 short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28.


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