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Manhattan Short Film Festival to be shown in Danbury Friday

The Manhattan Short Film Festival, an international event, is coming to Danbury.  Founder Nicholas Mason will visit the Palace Theater on Friday night for the event.  He will then record the thoughts of select audience members for a documentary.  The video will be posted on


Audience members will vote for their favorite film, and the global winner will be announced October 4th. 


The festival is shown in more than 250 cities worldwide.  The film fest started in 1998.  Mason says it grew significantly after 2001 because international media stationed at Union Square Park covering 9/11 saw the event.  The following year, the number of entries had doubled.


The films this year are "Listen" from Finland and Denmark; "Dad in Mum" from France; "Bear Story" from Chile; "Forever Over" from Germany; "Shok" from Kosovo and the United Kingdom; "Grounded" from France; "Sundown" from Turkey; "Patch" from Switzerland and Germany; "El Camino Solo" from the United States and "Bis Gleich" ("In a Bit") from Germany.


Local dates for the festival are The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.; Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Ave., on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m.; and the Bank Street Theater, 46 Bank St. in New Milford, on Oct. 4 at noon.

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