A scene from “The Kicksled Choir”. Courtesy photo

LEWISTON – The Public Theater will officially welcome people to 31 Maple St. Theater at 7 p.m. on September 24 and 25 for the 24th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test and wearing a mask in the building will be required to attend.

Ten short films from around the world will be screened simultaneously in more than 400 cities on six continents for one week, the awards for best film and best actor being determined by the total number of votes cast by the audience at this Oscar-qualified film festival.

The ten Manhattan shorts come from eight countries with films from the UK, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy, Canada, two films from France and two films from the US. These 10 shorts represent the best shorts among 967 submissions. from 70 countries, a testament to the lasting dynamism and creativity of short films. This year’s Final Ten represent an extraordinary range of cinematic genres that include intimate drama; stories that give chills; an animated story of a little girl who falls in love with a beautiful horse; and how a talented teenager is coping with restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic on the program.

The Manhattan Short Final Ten are: “Death by Handshake” (United States), “GANEF” (United Kingdom), “Bad Omen” (Afghanistan), “Rough” (Northern Ireland), “Archibald’s Syndrome” (France ), “The Kicksled Choir” (Norway), “Closed to the Light” (Italy), “Out of Time” (France), “Aurora” (US) and “Monsieur Cachemire” (Canada). Which of these short films Final Ten is the best? It’s up to you and a global audience to decide as you watch and vote on the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world.

For tickets or more information, call 782-3200 or visit thepublictheatre.org. Stop after the Lewiston / Auburn Artwalk Friday to end an art-filled day on a high note.

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