Global film festival screens at downtown cinema

Still from the “Bear Story,” one of the Manhattan Short finalists. Still created by Gabriel Osorio.

Manhattan Short, the world’s first and only global film festival, will show at the Leo J. Welder Center on Thursday, Oct. 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Victoria audiences will have the opportunity to judge 10 short films, selected from 678 entries submitted by filmmakers in 52 countries. Finalists are from Finland/Denmark, France, Chile, Germany, Kosovo/UK, Turkey, Switzerland and the United States.

In its eighteenth year, the festival will screen simultaneously at arthouse cinemas across the globe between the dates of Sept. 25 and Oct. 4.

“Manhattan Short began with a screen mounted on the side of a truck parked on Mulberry Street in New York City in September 1998,” said Nicholas Mason, founding director of the festival. “This week Manhattan Short will be seen in over 250 theatres on six continents.”

Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry to each cinema and asked to vote for the one film that they think should win. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent to Manhattan Short headquarters in New York City. The overall winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 5 at

The Victoria screening of Manhattan Short is sponsored by the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival and Leo J. Welder Center Cinema.

“Manhattan Short is a unique introduction to independent short films and the festival process,” says Elizabeth Spear, VTXIFF executive director. “By participating as a judge, you – the viewer – experience the films in an entirely different manner than just by viewing alone.”

Admittance to the festival is $10. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Leo J. Welder Center Box Office at (361) 570-TKTS. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Manhattan Short festival.

The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts is located at 214 N. Main St. in historic downtown Victoria.

For more information on the Leo J. Welder Center cinema offerings, contact Sue Prudhomme at (361) 582-2436 or email

Published: Thursday, 24 September 2015

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