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Manhattan Short festival returns to Durango

A monster terrorizes a town with comedic results in French director Clement Bolla’s “The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb,” one of 10 finalists in the 2012 Manhattan Short Film Festival. Enlarge photo

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A monster terrorizes a town with comedic results in French director Clement Bolla’s “The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb,” one of 10 finalists in the 2012 Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Local movie buffs will again get their say in picking the winners for the Manhattan Short film festival, which just keeps getting bigger with every passing year.

Durango is one of more than 300 cities on six continents worldwide that will participate in the 15th annual festival. It is one of four in Colorado, joining Denver, Boulder and Vail.

Manhattan Short has had several local hosts in its four years and been shown in different venues. It appears to have found some continuity as this year’s local sponsor is the Durango Independent Film Festival and the Manhattan Short will be shown Friday and Sunday at the Durango Arts Center for the second consecutive year.

“It’s just a really cool festival, and if no one does it, it doesn’t happen. It would be a shame to not have it here,” said Victoria Schmitt, a former DIFF staff and board member who is coordinating the Manhattan Short locally.

Manhattan Short organizers received 520 entries from 49 countries for this year’s festival, but voters will need to consider only the 10 finalists. Each is less than 18 minutes in length and the finalists come from 10 different countries.

This year’s finalists (with director and country of origin):

“The Devil’s Ballroom” (Henrik M. Dahlsbrakken, Norway).

“A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences” (Joost Reijmers, Netherlands).

“Where Does the Sea Flow?” (Vitaly Soltykov, Russia).

“Two & Two” (Babak Anvari, United Kingdom).

“Cluck” (Michael Lavelle, Ireland).

“Behind the Mirrors” (Julio O. Ramos, Peru).

“The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb” (Clement Bolla, France).

“Superman, Spiderman or Batman” (Tudor Giurgiu, Romania).

“92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card” (Todd Sklar, USA).

“Voice Over” (Martin Rosete, Spain).

Filmgoers will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for their favorite movie. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City as well as posted at www.ManhattanShort.com at 10 p.m. Oct. 7.

During the one-week voting period, Durangoans will be among an estimated 100,000 voters from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kathmandu, Nepal, to Perth, Australia. In the United States, more than 150 cinemas in 47 states will participate.

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“A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences” by Dutch director Joost Reijmers is a unique short film: It tells the story of three men living in three different centuries – without any dialog. Enlarge photo

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“A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences” by Dutch director Joost Reijmers is a unique short film: It tells the story of three men living in three different centuries – without any dialog.

Todd Sklar’s “92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card,” about two feuding brothers who are forced to reunite when their father dies, was a short film winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Enlarge photo

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Todd Sklar’s “92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card,” about two feuding brothers who are forced to reunite when their father dies, was a short film winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.