Audience members get to vote on their favorites in this international film competition

The Everett Theatre is the only theater in Delaware showing the 2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival – and audience members get the chance to vote on their favorite film – Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The Middletown audience will join over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gathering to view and vote on the finalists’ films in the 19th annual festival.

Manhattan Short offers the ultimate platform – one that sees its films screened in all 50 states and around the world in cities like Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, and Cape Town.

The total running time is about two hours with an intermission.


The 10 film festival finalists that will be shown are:

• “The Tunnel” from Norway, about a family that gets stuck in a traffic jam – a traffic jam that may put a permanent end to their trip.

• “Bravoman” from Russia, about a man paid to rouse theater audiences from their seats, a job that turns him into a cynic until he meets a woman whose appreciation of the stage brings her to tears.

• “Kaputt” from Germany, an animated documentary exploring conditions in Hoheneck, the main prison for women in the former East Germany.

• “Ella Gets a Promotion” from the United States, about a loyal, talented employee who finally receives the promotion she deserves, but the new position comes with unexpected drawbacks.

• “Hold On” from the Netherlands, about a young, talented musician who suddenly develops stage fright after one of her cello strings breaks during an important concert performance.

• “Overtime” from Australia, about a conscientious man who gets stuck working late at the office but he fears being out after dark.

• “Carousel” from England, about an older man who doles out a torrent of accumulated wisdom to a teen who offers a surprising response.

• “Gorilla” from France, about a man in 1950s Hollywood who performs as a costumed gorilla in films, hoping that the leading lady will fall in love with him.

• “I Am a Pencil” from Australia, an animated film inspired by the protest marches on Jan. 11, 2015 following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France.

• “The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul W.R.” from France, about Earth’s best astronaut who disappears in a flying car just before a space mission that will save the world.

All tickets are $12. For ticket information, see the website or call (302) 232-6338.

The theatre is located at 47 W. Main St., Middletown.