The Lighthouse International Film Festival is practically synonymous with Long Beach Island, which makes sense considering the referenced lighthouse is Barnegat Light’s very own Ol’ Barney and the annual festival takes place in venues all over the Island each June. But the LIFF isn’t the only game in town for independent film fans on LBI. Each year one of the main venues for the LIFF, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies hosts another movie-lovers event, the Manhattan Short Film Festival. It will do so this year on Friday, Oct. 5, starting at 8 p.m.
Now, the Manhattan Short Film Festival, which is 21 years old, is sort of a misnomer. It doesn’t take place exclusively in Manhattan. Instead it will play out this year in over 300 venues spread across six continents between Sept. 27 and Oct. 7.
The 2018 contest drew 1,565 submissions from 73 countries. The entries were weeded down to the “Final Nine,” which will be screened around the world. Attendees at each venue will cast their ballots for Best Film and Best Actor, and their votes will be forwarded to the Manhattan Short HQ, where they will be tabulated. The winners will be announced online at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 8, at manhattanshort.com.
Actually, being selected as a “Final Nine” film is an honor in itself because all nine became Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Los Feliz Cinemas in Hollywood.
The “Final Nine” films this year include “Lacrimosa” (from Austria), “Fauve” (Canada), “Someone” (Germany), “Chuchotage” (Hungary), “Her” (Kosovo), “Fire in Cardboard City” (New Zealand), “Baghead” (United Kingdom), “Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times” (UK), and “Home Shopper” (USA). According to a MSFF publicist, this year’s “Final Nine” “represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War II epic; a film shot entirely underwater and comedy.”
Tickets for the LBI Foundation’s screening are $15 and are available at the door only. For further information, visit the Foundation’s website, lbifoundation.org, or call 609-494-1241.