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Sept. 21, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU hosts Manhattan Short Film Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been selected as a host site for the 2012 Manhattan Short Film Festival and will screen selected films Oct. 1-3 in the Smith Student Center Theater.

The campus project is sponsored in conjunction with the SRU Film Society, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, the Kaleidoscope Art Festival and the Pennsylvania Film Institute.

Manhattan Short is a global event taking place throughout the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 7 when more than 100,000 people in 300 cities across six continents will gather to view and vote on the finalists, said Laural Dagnon, director of programming for SRU's CSIL and co-founder of the SRU Film Society.

"This year, Manhattan Short received 520 short film entries from 49 countries from which 10 finalists were selected," said Nicholas Mason, founding director of the Festival.

"The festival started 15 years ago on a screen mounted on the side of a truck on Mulberry Street in Little Italy in New York City. After 9/11, and with a lot of media attention, my interest turned to transforming this New York City event into a global event," Mason said.

"Our mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year," she said. "One World - One Week - One Festival" is the festival theme.

The festival's films are not online, but are distributed to the partnering viewing outlets around the world.

Films selected for viewing run the gamut of genres and national origins. Countries represented in this year's films included Norway, the Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Peru, France, Romania, Spain and the U.S.

"The showing of these diverse films, both by topic and location, only enhances our efforts to allow SRU students to become global citizens. In addition, many of the selected films in the past festivals have been nominated for Oscars, thus, it will offer our students an opportunity to view films from the next generation of filmmakers," Dagnon said.

In addition to the Manhattan Short event, SRU will conduct a "Global Wealth Film Festival," April 22-25 as part of a campuswide sustainability effort during Earth Day activities, Dagnon said.

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