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Tickets on sale now for MANHATTAN SHORT screenings

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts has been selected as a viewing site for MANHATTAN SHORT 2021. The 24th Annual Short Film Festival, a worldwide event taking place across six continents, will take place between Sept. 24-Oct. 3. 

The festival's 10 films screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from U.K, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten Films represent the best short films from among 970 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2021, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives. Death By Handshake director Hudson Flynn, for example, was just 16 years old when he created his wry nod to New York City living during the Covid - 19 pandemic. Humor also pervades films like Rough from Northern Ireland, France's Archibald's Syndrome and Monsieur Cashemire of Canada. Out of Time and the animated Aurora are close studies by a pair of woman directors of life at different stages of our existence from French and American perspectives. Short films tackling big topics include Norway's The Kicksled Choir, which offers a refreshing look at conflict resolution, while Bad Omen examines how a woman copes with stark circumstances in Afghanistan. Closed To The Light reaches back in time to focus on a riveting moment in World War II Italy while the UK's Ganef examines that war's trickle-down effect on subsequent generations. "Trauma is like a virus, resilient and adaptive, capable of living well beyond the moment it's inflicted," notes Ganef director Mark Rosenblatt, demonstrating once more how short films can give a subject full treatment.

Screenings of the MANHATTAN SHORT will take place:
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online at or in the LACA gift shop.
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