DANBURY, Conn. The Palace Danbury on Main Street will host the Manhattan Short film festival early next month, a one-night showcase of short films from around the world that audience members will have the opportunity to judge.
The Oct. 5 event marks the second time The Palace Danbury has hosted Manhattan Short, one of more than 250 theaters around the world that will screen the 10 short films in competition, according to the theaters outreach director Carol Spiegel.
I'm a big fan of short films, Spiegel said. Good shorts contain the same elements of a good feature-length film a well-written script, strong acting, and high production values however, the storytelling has to be quicker and tighter.
The Manhattan Short festival is a week-long event where more than 100,000 fans watch short films and vote on the best ones. The films are typically about 15 minutes in length and are submitted by filmmakers throughout the world.
More than 500 films were entered in this years competition from 49 countries. The 10 short films in the finals are from the United States, Norway, The Netherlands, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Peru, Romania and Spain.
Of the 10 finalists, the shortest film run is 8 minutes and 25 seconds, while the longest one is 18 minutes and 57 seconds.
Many times, a 15-minute film can be far more powerful than a two-hour epic, Spiegel said.
The finalists are: The Devil's Ballroom from Norway; A Curios Conjunction of Coincidences from The Netherlands; Where Does The Sea Flow from Russia; Two & Two from the UK; Cluck from Ireland; Behind The Mirrors from Peru; The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb from France/UK; Superman, Spiderman or Batman from Romania; '92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card from the U.S.; and Voice Over from Spain.
Spiegel said the event offers fans a chance to watch and discuss the films, which Danbury audiences seem to take seriously. They are willing to form their own opinions and don't just listen to what the critics tell them, she said.
The screenings start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12. For more information on the Oct. 5 event, visit The Palace Danbury website .
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