Two Aussie films named finalists in Manhattan Shorts Film Festival; Sydney screening announced

Australia is rocking it at the 19th annual Manhattan Shorts Film Festival this year, with two of the top ten films hailing from Australia. The worldwide event takes place in over 250 cinemas across six continents between September 23rd-2nd of October 2016, showcasing some of the best shorts from over the globe. The festival will be screened in Sydney only once, and will be held at Sydney’s Glen Street Theatre in October.

The final ten films are:

  • The Tunnel  (Norway)
  • Carousel  (England)
  • Kaputt  (Germany)
  • Ella Got A Promotion?  (USA)
  • Hold On  (The Netherlands)
  • Bravoman  (Russia)
  • Overtime  (Australia)
  • Gorilla (France)
  • I Am A Pencil  (Australia)
  • The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR  (France)

Overtime is an Australian comedic horror written and produced by Emma McKenna and Craig D Foster. The lead character Ralph, played by Aaron Glenane (Deadline Gallipoli, Truth), is desperate to leave the office on a Friday night before the full moon turns him into a werewolf. This is the third film Emma McKenna and Craig D Foster have produced together.

I am A Pencil is an animated film inspired by those who marched in protest after the Charlie Hedbo massacre in France. The film was written, animated and directed by award-wining beauty filmmaker Joe D’Arcy, who was also a finalist in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s ‘Project Greenlight’ competition. I am A Pencil was selected by Whoopi Goldberg to be included in the Tribeca Film Festival and was also invited to Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

Festival goers will get a chance to vote which of the ten films deserves to be awarded the coveted Best Film Award. Sydney’s only screening will be at Glen Street Theatre on Sunday October 2nd at 3pm.


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