For everyone who came out last Thursday and voted for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, the festival winner has been announced, press release follows (if you're curious, the SPACE audience winner was the UK submission "Hammerhead" by a wide margin).
FRENCH FILM SKHIZEIN WINS MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2009.
Reported from Manhattan Short at Collective Hardware in New York City September 29, 10:30PM:
Skhizein, a 14-minute animated short by French director Jeremy Clapin, tonight was named best short film in the 12th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Skhizein is the first animated film to claim the main award in the Festival’s 12-year history.
The 10 finalist films screened 532 times and were judged by audiences in 173 cities over 5 continents during the last week in September. Over 28 000 people voted in this year’s Festival. Less than 100 votes separate the two shorts competing over the title of festival’s best film for 2009.
The best fiction award goes to Hammerhead, which was the second runner up. UK director Sam Donovan is the first director to appear in the Festival final twice, having been a finalist in 2007 with his short film King Ponce.
Best documentary film Mozambique comes from the 17-year old Alcides Soares, the youngest finalist in the history of Manhattan Short.
Isabel de Ocampo claims the best editing award for her short film Miente.
2010 Manhattan Short will take place September 26th – October 3rd including venues in Africa.