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Grand audience votes for best short film

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A scene from "Crime  The Animated Series" A scene from "Crime The Animated Series"

ELLSWORTH - Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to the screen at The Grand on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are general admission seating and are $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, Buenos Aires and Cairo (not to mention audiences in the Ellsworth, Maine!) to view and vote on the 10 short film finalists from an initial 589 entries received from 47 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, 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 Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. This year's finalists for the 'United Nations of Film Festivals' include:

  • "97%" (Ben Brand) Netherlands
  • "Crime The Animated Series" (Alix Lambert & Sam Chou) USA
  • 'On The Bridge' (Elena Fuller) England
  • 'Shift' (James Croke) Australia
  • 'The Fall" (Andreas Thaulow) Norway
  • 'On/Off' (Thierry Lorenzi) France
  • 'La Carnada' (Josh Soskin) Mexico
  • 'Mend And Make Do' (Bexie Bush) England
  • 'The Bravest, The Boldest' (Monn Molson) USA
  • 'Rhino Full Throttle' (Erik Schmitt) Germany

The film program continues at The Grand with a weekend tribute to a great comic and dramatic actor, the late Robin Williams, beginning on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. with 'Good Will Hunting'and continuing with 'Dead Poets Society'on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., and concluding on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. with 'Mrs. Doubtfire.'

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


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