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Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to Reno Sept. 28 and 29
by Tribune Staff
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RENO — There’s a treat for area film-lovers coming up later this month, as Reno will serve as one of more than 300 cities across six continents to host the 15th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.

The Sept. 28 and 29 local presentation of this growing global film experience is made possible through the partnership of 88.7 KUNR/Reno Public Radio and the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The event will offer local audiences the chance to view – and vote on – the 10 short film finalists. The films were selected from among hundreds of entries from 50 countries by the Manhattan Film Festival, billed as the world’s first global film festival. The selected films range in length from eight to 19 minutes. Results will be tabulated from the week of worldwide in-theater voting, with the winning film announced online Oct. 8.

Four Reno screenings of the 10-film series are offered: Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.; and Sept. 29 at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. All showings are at the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The films are not rated, but include some intense scenes and mature themes.

KUNR is the new home for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, having received the project (along with screenings of next year’s Oscar-nominated short films) from the Reno Film Festival, which closed earlier this year after more than a decade of local film presentations that included the annual fall screenings of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

“Reno was among the cities to host the first festival 15 years ago, and KUNR is honored to have the Reno Film Festival entrust us with it to continue this local cultural tradition,” said KUNR General Manager David Stipech. “We’re fortunate to be partnering with ‘The Joe’ and its great theater venue on the university campus.”

The official festival trailer can be viewed at The 10 films selected for the 2012 Festival screening and voting are (with country and film length): 

The Devil’s Ballroom (Norway/15:30) – On a perilous journey to the North Pole, an Arctic explorer makes a critical decision with lifelong consequences.

A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences (The Netherlands/8:34) – Bad luck connects three men together even though they live in different centuries.

Where Does The Sea Flow (Russia, world premier/14:00) – A mother comes to grips with a precocious young daughter and the violent circumstances of her birth.

Two & Two USA Premier (UK/8:25) – In a school run by an authoritarian regime, a seemingly ridiculous decree becomes a syllabus for terror.

Cluck (Ireland/18:57) – Feathers are ruffled at the orphanage when a new arrival threatens to upset the pecking order

Behind The Mirrors (Peru/12:10) – When one of the night’s customers at a disreputable motel leaves an unexpected mess, the young manager sees an opportunity that may change his family’s fortunes forever.  

The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb (France/UK/12:50) – A monster terrorizes a town and induces collective hysteria with hilarious results.

Superman, Spiderman or Batman (Romania/11:00) – Inspired by his favorite comic book heroes, a young boy tries to save the day.

’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (USA/12:00) – Brothers Jim and Dave sort out their differences in extreme fashion when their father dies.

Voice Over (Spain/9:50) – A series of life-threatening experiences pale in comparison to a situation that requires real courage.

Seating is limited and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets and more information are available online at for $10 plus a minimal online fee. Tickets are also available at the Joe Crowley Student Union, where students can purchase discounted tickets in advance.

More information about the Manhattan Film Festival is at or KUNR offers this as a community cultural film festival, not a benefit event.
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