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Grand audience votes for best short film

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Grand audience votes for best short film Grand audience votes for best short film

ELLSWORTH - Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to the screen at The Grand on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are General Admission seating and are as follows: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors/students and $8 for Grand members.

Once again, following the slogan 'One World - One Week - One Festival,' the MSFF is bringing together over 100,000 people from such cities as Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna and Cape Town (not to mention audiences in the Ellsworth, Maine!) to view and vote on the 10 short film finalists from an initial, record-breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world! 

These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well as filmgoers are asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. In addition, for the first time in the event's history, viewers will be asked to vote for a Best Actor as well. Votes are tallied and submitted to festival HQ in New York City where the winner will be announced (and posted on the net at on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. This year's finalists for the 'United Nations of Film Festivals' include:

  • "#30"  (Timothy Wilde)  Australia
  • "Do I Have to Take Care of Everything"  (Selma Vilhunen) Finland
  • 'Friday'  (Seb Edwards)  England
  • 'No Comment' (Alexandra Naoum) France
  • 'Irish Folk Furniture"  (Tony Donaghue) Ireland
  • 'Black Metal'  (Kat Candler) USA
  • 'Faces From Places' (Bastien Dubois) France
  • 'I Am a Great Big Ball of Sadness' (Ken Urban) USA
  • 'Kismet Diner'  (Mark Nunnely) England
  • 'Pale of Settlement' (Jacob Sillman) USA

The film program continues at The Grand with 'Celebrating Diversity- the 3rd Annual Maine LGBT Film Festival' running on Saturday, Oct. 19 and a special 'Life of Pi Event' on Friday Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. featuring a Q&A with the film's nautical consultant, author (and Lamoine native) Steven Callahan.

For more information on these or other Grand events, please call the box office at (207) 667-9500, visit The Grand website at or follow on Facebook at


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