CAZENOVIA – The Cazenovia Public Library (CPL) invites community members to join more than 100,000 moviegoers from around the world for the 24th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25.
CPL will screen the 10 finalists of the competition Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the community hall. Each screening event lasts two hours and 26 minutes.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival aims to recognize the creative talents of on-screen actors and directors behind the camera. The festival debuted in 1998 when 16 shorts were screened on the side of a truck on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, New York. It has since become a global phenomenon.
The competition allows moviegoers to become instant movie critics. The final selections will be screened at over 400 venues across six continents over a one-week period (September 23 to October 3). During the screenings, spectators will receive voting cards and will be invited to vote for best film and best actor. Votes will be counted at each site and sent to Manhattan Short Headquarters. The winner will be announced on ManhattanShort.com and on CPL social media on Monday, October 4.
CPL is one of 13 confirmed locations in New York State this year.
“The library began broadcasting the film series in 2015 and is credited by festival founder Nick Mason as the first library to host the event,” said Elisha Davies, archivist and library assistant at CPL. “It was first brought to our attention by a client who appreciated it while on vacation and thought it fit into our program schedule. They were right. It has become a favorite annual event because of its ability to showcase different cultures, tell great stories, and showcase limitless creativity. So often the short film genre is overlooked for action-packed blockbusters, but it’s a really nice, succinct art form.
In 2020, CPL did not participate in the festival due to COVID-19 security protocols.
“After a year without it, we’re happy to provide it again – this time with a little more space between the chairs and the air purifiers running,” Davies said.
According to the Manhattan Short website, this year’s competition continues to feature new voices and perspectives.
“Death By Handshake ‘director Hudson Flynn, for example, was only 16 when he created his ironic nod to New York City living during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the website. “Humor also permeates films like ‘Rough’ from Northern Ireland, ‘Archibald’s syndrome’ in France and ‘Monsieur Cashemire’ from Canada. ‘Out of Time’ and the animated ‘Aurora’ are in-depth studies of a couple of women realizing life at different stages of our existence from the French and American point of view. Some of the big-topic shorts include “The Kicksled Choir” in Norway, which offers a refreshing look at conflict resolution, while “Bad Omen” examines how a woman copes with difficult circumstances in Afghanistan. “Closed To The Light” goes back in time to focus on a fascinating moment of WWII in Italy, while “Ganef” in the UK examines the spillover effect of that war on subsequent generations. “
Each of the short films is automatically eligible for an Oscar in 2022.
Sponsored by the Friends of Cazenovia Public Library, the free screening event is presented as part of the CazArts September Autumn Leaves Arts Festival, which includes four weekends of 20 local art events. For event details and the full festival program, visit cazarts.com.