Area movie buffs are going to have the chance to be film critics for a week on a world-wide capacity.
The 19th annual Manhattan Short, an international film festival that brings together movie lovers in more than 250 cities, will kick off locally at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Dipson Flix Stadium 10 (4901 Transit Road, Lancaster).
From its early beginnings in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in 1998, the Manhattan Short has turned into a global event, allowing film lovers from across the planet the chance to experience the early works of the next generation of young filmmakers.
Festival attendees/critics will receive a ballot allowing them to vote for their favorite film and actor from the 10 competing movies. The winning filmmaker and actors will be revealed at 10 a.m. Oct. 3.
This year's finalists, which beat out more than 800 submissions from 52 countries, include shorts from directors hailing from England, Australia, France and Germany.
Here's the list: "The Tunnel" (Norway), "Carousel" (England), "Kaputt" (Germany), "Ella Gets a Promotion?" (USA), "Hold On" (The Netherlands), "Bravoman" (Russia), "Overtime" (Australia), "Gorilla" (France), "I Am A Pencil" (Australia) and "The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR " (France).
The festival runs through Sept 29. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on week days and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Further information on the festival can be found here.