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Greta (Fabienne Haller) in front of Red Army soldiers in a scene from “Someone,” a World War II drama and one of nine entries in the Manhattan Short Film Festival. The Arts Center is one of the locations for the film festival. Submitted photo
If you go

What: Manhattan Short Film Festival

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6

Where: Jamestown Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW

Admission: $15, $10 for Arts Center members, at the door

Contact: The Arts Center, 251-2496, jamestownarts.com

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For the third straight year the Jamestown Arts Center is among 300 locations worldwide to host the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

“The festival has been well received in Jamestown and we are excited to be able offer it to the community again,” said Angela Martini, marketing director of the Arts Center.

The 2018 festival received 1,565 submissions from 73 countries, and the nine finalists are being screened on six continents, Martini said. The films include dramas, animation, action and comedy, and run from 2 to 15 minutes each, she said.

“The films are poignant stories by up and coming cinematographers,” Martini said. “They have a little more of an artistic bent and are very character and story driven.”

Each of the nine finalists automatically qualifies for Best Short Film nomination at the Academy Awards, she said. It’s fun to watch people talk following the screening about their favorites, she said.

“Each member of the audience gets a ballot to vote for Best Actor and Best Film,” she said.

The films are:

*“Baghead,” a U.K. entry from filmmaker Alberto Corredor Marina, about a man haunted by grief who goes to the hidden chamber of a mysterious pub to ask questions of the recently deceased.

*“Fire In Cardboard City,” a New Zealand entry from filmmaker Phil Brough, is a character animation about a firefighters who try save Cardboard City from an approaching fire.

*“Home Shopper,” a U.S. entry from filmmaker Dev Patel, is the story of a woman in a loveless marriage who seeks solace from a home shopping channel.

*“Her,” a Kosovo entry from filmmaker More Raca, is the story of a young girl who runs away to escape an arranged marriage.

*“Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times,” a U.K. entry from filmmaker Marcus Markou, is the story of two strangers meeting at key turning points over the course of their lives.

*“Someone,” a German entry from filmmaker Marco Gadge, is based on a true story about intervening compassion from an unlikely source as Red Army soldiers enter a German city at the end of World War II seeking brutal revenge.

*“Chuchotage,” a Hungary entry from filmmaker Barnabás Tóth, is a comedy about two interpreters vying for the attention of one listener at a professional conference in Prague.

*“Fauve,” a Canada entry from filmmaker Jérémy Comte, is the story of two boys playing a game in an abandoned surface mine that gets out of hand.

*“Lacrimosa,” an Austria entry from filmmaker Tanja Mairitsch, is the story of a young woman who finds her lost lover in surreal landscapes.

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