ROCKPORT — Audiences in more than 300 communities on six continents will be serve as judges in a global film festival — and one of those sites will be right here on Cape Ann.
Rockport Music is inviting viewers to not only view but also judge the 10 finalists in the 16th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival through showings at its Shalin Liu Performance Center.
The screening times are slated for Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m.; on Monday at 2 p.m.; and on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.
The finalists for the Manhattan Short Film Festival came from a record-breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries.
Tony Beadle, the Rockport Music executive director, said it’s clear that the event growing, judging by the increasing number of venues taking part this year.
“It’s a lot of fun, because everybody is a participant and they get to vote,” he said, noting that this year there are four local times to see the suite of short films for the festival this time around.
“We had a good turnout last year and everybody loved the movies,” he said.
Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include the United States, England, Ireland, France, Finland and Australia. Past finalists have gone on to achieve the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, according to a festival release.
The film titles are:
“#30” by Timothy Wilde of Australia;
“Do I Have to Take Care of Everything” by Selma Vilhunen of Finland;
“Friday” by Seb Edwards of England;
“No Comment” by Alexandra Naoum of France;
“Irish Folk Furniture” by Tony Donaghue of Ireland;
“Black Metal” by Kat Candler of the United States;
“Faces From Places” by Bastien Dubois of France;
“I Am a Great Big Ball of Sadness” by Ken Urban of the United States;