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Manhattan Short Film Festival: You be the judge

September 15, 2018

The Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to the Palace Danbury on Friday, Sept. 28. This is the festival that comes to you, where you get to be the judge, along with over 100,000 film buffs across six continents.

Here’s how it works. First filmmakers submit their entries; this time there were 1,565 from 73 countries. Then, after the finalists are chosen, they are screened simultaneously in venues around the world over a period of about 10 days. Audiences vote for the film they think is best.

Though there are only nine finalists, they cover a wide range of genres. There’s everything from intimate dramas and fast-paced animation to an entry shot entirely underwater.

For example, one film’s synopsis says, “At the end of World War II, Red Army soldiers bent on brutal revenge for past atrocities attack a German city. Compassion comes from an unlikely source. Based on a true story.”

Another says, “To escape a marriage arranged by her extremely religious father, a young girl seizes the chance to run away and save more than herself.”

There’s even one finalist about someone who seeks solace from a home shopping channel.

The selections hail from eight countries — Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the United States, and two from the United Kingdom.

The Palace Danbury Theatre, 165 Main St. Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. $15. 203-794-9944, tickets.thepalacedanbury.com

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