23 September 2009, Wednesday, 17:33

Competitive program of the Manhattan festival of "shorts" started in Ufa

author: Liya Nagimova

The first show of the competitive program of the XII Manhattan festival of short films took place yesterday in the Centre of Russian cinematography — in the cinema "Rodina". For the viewers of 15 Russian cities (Ufa is among them) the show of the competitive program became the second step of the festival. Within the first step, they watched an additional retrospective program "He and She".

Russian cities among more than hundred cities all over the world are included into the list of participants for the fourth time. Ufa connoisseurs of non-profit films will be able to watch competitive shorts and vote for the one they liked for the third time.

The festival uniqueness lies in the fact that the participants of the competitive program are not the films of prominent figures of cinema art but of little-known inexperienced producers. The festival's organizers give them an opportunity to demonstrate their potential and to be heard and watched all over the world. Every year the Manhattan festival of shorts unites cinephiles from all over the world for the selection of the film and it is the largest viewers' festival.

The final show of the program will take place on September 27 in a New York park in the open air. Then the jury will count the votes and announce the winner, who will get the main prize — 5 thousand dollars and tremendous applause of thousands of viewers from Jamaica to Korea.