PENDLETON — The global film festival MANHATTAN SHORT returns to Pendleton Community Public Library this year, with one public viewing time remaining at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
The library is one of more than 400 venues worldwide participating this year’s event, the 24th annual showing.
This viewing is comprised of 10 finalists selected from 970 submissions from 70 countries.
This year, the 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists represent eight countries with films from United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and the United States.
The run time of the 10 short films is about two hours.
Those who attend a viewing between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3, receive a ballot on which they can vote for Best Film and Best Actor.
Votes are collected, with a winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, Oct. 4.
One of the viewing sites, Arena CineLounge in Hollywood, qualifies the finalists for the 2022 Academy Awards. Last year, two MANHATTAN SHORT finalists made it to the Oscars.
The Pendleton library screened a matinee on Saturday, Sept. 25, during library hours, while Saturday’s showing will be an after-hours event. People are asked to park and enter the east side of the building. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Death By Handshake
Director: Hudson Flynn
Cast: Hudson Flynn, Andrea Burns
Country: United States
Synopsis: A talented teenager copes with restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic by filming a witty love letter to his New York City hometown.
Director: Mark Rosenblatt
Cast: Lydia Wilson, Sophie McShera, Danny Scheinmann and Izabella Dziewanska
Synopsis: A little girl, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s wartime past, starts to believe her adored house cleaner is a sinister thief.
Director: Salar Pashtoonyar
Cast: Fereshta Afshar, Marwa Amini, Irfan Amini
Synopsis: Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, a widow and mother, struggles to purchase her prescription glasses to continue working as a tailor.
Director: Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn
Cast: Ryan McParland, Michael Smiley, Brendan Quinn, Gerard Jordan, Peter Heenan
Country: Northern Ireland
Synopsis: Ex-paramilitaries enforce their own brand of street justice, but when they condemn a dog to death, they bite off more than they chew.
Director: Daniel Perez
Cast: Tom Hudson, Jade Penot
Synopsis: Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for Archibald it’s literally an affliction until he meets a free-spirited woman during a bank robbery.
The Kicksled Choir
Director: Torfinn Iversen
Cast: Benoni Brox Krane, Stig Henrik Hoff, Nicholai Evans, Kahled Saleh Ankila
Synopsis: A boy wants to sing in the local choir, but when his father gets into a fight with a refugee, his aspirations are in jeopardy.
Closed to the Light
Director: Nicola Piovesan
Cast: Samuele Satta, Cecilia Bossi, Ettore Scarpa, Savino Genovese
Synopsis: In a moment captured in time, die-hard Italian fascists conduct reprisal executions of civilians in Lombardy during World War II.
Out of Time
Writer and director: Delphine Montaigne
Cast: Laurence Cote, Gerard Dessalles, Nadir Benlala, Marie Bray
Synopsis: Felix’s mother has been called in, and an exasperated director is threatening to ban him from the premises. But Felix still has a few moves.
Animated, written and directed by: Jo Meuris
Country: United States
Synopsis: The animated tale of a little girl who falls in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora and learns about love, friendship and growing up.
Director: Iouri Philippe Paillé
Cast: Antoine Vézina, Éric Bernier
Synopsis: A bank loan officer extracts dark secrets from the past from an eccentric and mysterious customer in need of funds.