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Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2010

Manhattan Short Film Festival to stop at IU Sept. 30-Oct. 2

15-minute shorts will be screened, voted upon by audiences worldwide

Sept. 20, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bloomington is one of the stops on the 203-city, six continent tour of the 12th-annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, brought to Indiana University by Union Board.

Over the course of one week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3, more than 100,000 people from around the world will screen and vote upon the 10 films that have been selected as finalists from an initial pool of 440 entries from 43 countries.

Manhattan Short

This global film festival seeks to unite audiences across all seven continents for one week through the viewing of the films, each of which is 15 minutes or less.

The films will be screened at IU's Whittenberger Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 30, at both 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Screenings are free and open to the public. Filmgoers will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters, where the winner will be announced in New York City on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m.

The 2010 finalists are:

  • Watching (UK)
  • Push Bike (Australia)
  • Underground (Mexico)
  • Little Inconvenience (Canada)
  • Party (Croatia)
  • Echo (Poland)
  • Madagascar (France)
  • 12 Years (Germany)
  • The Pool (Ireland)
  • War (Italy)

Past winners of the Manhattan Short have been nominated for and won Oscars in the short film category.

"While the goal of any festival is to discover and promote new talent, the real aim of this festival is to bring communities together via stories from around the world," said Nicholas Mason, founder and director of Manhattan Short.

"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 on a downtown Manhattan street 12 years ago -- would grow to become the world's first global film festival," Mason said.

For more information on the festival and to read detailed interviews with the 10 finalists, visit For more information about Union Board, call 812-855-4682 or email or