Help pick the winner at the Manhattan Short Film Festival

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Sylvia, a film from the United Kingdom, is directed by Richard Prendergast and features actors Jolie Lennon, Gaynor Fraser, Maisie Prendergast and Rowan Biddisombe.

York County residents soon might have influence on potential Oscar-nominated films. 

The Manhattan Short, an international film festival spanning 400 cities on six continents, will be screened Friday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29, in York City. The festival features 10 Oscar-qualified short films.

After each screening, viewers will vote on their choices for best short film and best actor.

All 10 films will be screened daily in the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The showings will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Each showing will last roughly two and a half hours. Tickets are $10 and are available at

"It's just exciting to see what people can do with a short film," said Rebecca Fellin, the director of marketing for the Appell Center. "This is definitely an event for us we look forward to every year."

Nefta Football Club, a film from France, is directed by Yves Piat, starring Eltayef Dhaoi and Mohamed Ali Ayari.

The 10 finalists for the festival came from 1,250 submissions from seven different countries. Audiences around the world watch the films between Sept. 26 and Oct. 6 and vote for their favorites. 

The finalists this year are: "Nefta Football Club" (France), "Debris" (USA), "Driving Lessons" (Iran), "Tipped" (Canada), "Sylvia" (United Kingdom), "The Match" (Finland), "Malou" (Germany), "This Time Away" (United Kingdom), "A Family Affair" (United Kingdom) and "At the End of the World" (USA).

Nicholas Mason, the founder of the festival, said the Manhattan Short Film Festival is like the Olympics of short films.

"What's interesting is that every venue that became part of (the festival) was a community center," Mason said. "It ended up becoming a celebration that the public created."

Malou, a film from Germany, is directed by Adi Wojaczek, starring Romina Küper and Veronica Ferres.

While all short films in the festival are Oscar-qualified, Mason said more than  a dozen films throughout the 21 years of the festival's existence have been nominated for Oscars. 

Mason  added that he thinks the films entered into his festival have a better chance of eventually becoming nominated for an Oscar because some members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will attend festivals like his. 

Mason said results of the festival will be available after Oct. 6 at

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