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Screen: Special Showings

Manhattan Short Film Festival

When: Wed., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. 2013

Film festivals are not particularly democratic. Take Cannes, for example: It's invite-only, juried by an exclusive group of international artists and located in the French Riviera. If Cannes were a girl, she'd totally be that pretty one who was mean to us in high school. But Manhattan Short is a new kind of film fest, presenting a series of shorts in 300 cities around the world at all sorts of venues in a weeklong stretch. That doesn't mean the festival is touring; it means the same 10 short films (this year selected from 628 submissions from 48 countries) are presented at cinemas, universities, museums, cafe and bars around the world simultaneously. Anyone is welcome to attend; at the end of the evening, all audience members get to vote for the short they think should be named the festival winner. Here, film is judged by and accessible to a global audience of more than 100,000 people in six different continents—no invitation or international flight necessary. If the Manhattan Short Film Festival were a girl, she'd be the one buying us a beer at the bar. —Emma D. Miller

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