DANBURY, Conn. -- Nicholas Mason, founding director of the Manhattan Short Film Festival, will open the 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival at Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m.
The festival will take place in over 250 cities, spanning six continents, between Friday and Oct. 4.
“It’s an honor to have Nick Mason open this prestigious film festival in Danbury,” said Carol Spiegel, managing director of The Palace Danbury Theatre. “This will be the fifth consecutive year the film festival has graced the screen of The Palace. It has become a perennial film fan favorite.”
This year the festival received 672 short film entries from 52 countries. The 10 finalists hail from eight countries, with short films from Turkey and Kosovo representing their respective countries for the first time.
This year’s Manhattan Short Film Festival highlights the continued importance of women in film. Half of this year’s selections feature actresses ranging in age from children to senior citizens.
“In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute towards greater tolerance and understanding are needed now more than ever. I want to thank and congratulate all the filmmakers and cinemas involved in this global cinematic event," Mason said. "This event is not going to cable TV or Video on Demand. It’s not streamed on the Internet. Manhattan Short is about communities bonding together via their local cinema."
Tickets cost $12 and may be purchased online at www.thepalacedanbury.com, by phone at (203) 794-9944 or at the box office starting one hour before showtime.
The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main St. Free parking is available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building.
For more information about this and all upcoming shows, visit www.thepalacedanbury.com.
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