Guests can become film critics, cast votes at Welder Center event

Victoria is one of four cities to have been selected to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The audience will have an opportunity to judge 10 short films from Manhattan Short’s record-breaking 844 short film entries from 52 countries. The 10 finalists hail from eight countries. Last year, the audience selected a short film that went on to win an Oscar.

The festival is in its 19th year and will screen simultaneously at select cinemas across the globe between the dates of Sept. 23-Oct. 2. This year, during one week, Manhattan Short will be seen by over 100,000 filmgoers 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. 3 on the website.

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

“Manhattan Short is a unique introduction to independent short films and the festival process,” said 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.”

“Victoria College’s Leo J. Welder Center is committed to bringing cinema of all genre to the Victoria community, from independents to arthouse to popular releases,” said Sue Prudhomme, executive director of cultural affairs for Victoria College. Manhattan Short is a participatory opportunity unlike anything else that Victoria audiences will experience.

Admittance to the festival is $10 with a discount for Victoria Film Society members and Victoria College employees. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Welder Center Box Office at (361) 570-TKTS. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Manhattan Short festival.

The Welder Center for the Performing Arts is located at 214 N. Main St. For more, contact Prudhomme at (361) 582-2436 or email

Published: Wednesday, 21 September 2016

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