The Manhattan Short Film Festival (MSFF) comes back to Mumbai again for the second time in a new avatar this year with a selection of ten supremely made short films from across the world. Films from the US, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Egypt, Scotland and even as far as Peru will be screened at the MSFF in Mumbai on September 28 at Amadeus at the NCPA.
This year, the ten shortlisted films deal with subject ranging from sexuality (of course) to a foiled bank robbery to an unwanted pregnancy to a World War II prisoner who escapes German forces to the recent Egyptian revolution earlier this year that saw the fall of the Mubarak regime. Look out for the excellent performance of Hollywood actress Julia Stiles who stars in the film Sexting from the USA.
“The MSFF shares a special relationship with India because the winner of the 2004 festival, Ashvin Kumar’s Little Terrorist, went on to earn a nomination at the Oscars in the Short Film category,” says Nicholas Mason, Founding Festival Director from New York City. Says Ashvin Kumar, “The short film genre is a great way for filmmakers to experiment without worrying about things when making a feature film. It brings recognition to the filmmaker. You learn to tell a story economically and within a time limit. The Manhattan Short Film Festival is very important.” India’s first Oscar winner, Bhanu Athaiya was present at the festival last year. “Last year, one saw a good selection of films from across the world, understandably worthy of making their mark at platforms like the Oscars. The caliber of films was excellent.”
This year, filmmaker and Festival Director Anil Sadarangani has tied up with media person and filmmaker S. Ramachandran to bring the MSFF to Mumbai, with the latter serving as Festival Director as well.
The Manhattan Short takes place in over 200 cinemas in 200 cities across six continents including Asia, North and South America, Europe, Australia and Africa during the week of September 25 to October 2, 2011. Audiences across the globe will watch the 10 finalist films and vote the winners. The results will be out on the festival’s website.
Established in NYC in 1998, this year the Manhattan Short received 593 short films from over 40 countries. With past finalists from this festival going on to be nominated and win Oscars in the short film category, The Manhattan Short is a collection of the best short films currently in the world today.
“The films are selected by the common man and not by a jury of filmmakers or film professionals which makes it a really unique concept,” says Ramachandran. Interestingly, not one Indian film has made it to the ten finalist shortlist. Yet, Anil says, “That should not stop you from enjoying world cinema at its best.”
Box Office India magazine is the official film trade magazine Partner. BMW and Carilite in association with Time Out India have sponsored the festival. The festival is also supported by Amadeus as hospitality partner, Brandstand as marketing agency and has been powered by Sanskriti Media and Entertainment.