For one weekend only, film-goers in Lewiston can unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world. The 19th Annual Manhatten Short Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Two of the top vote-getters from last year’s festival, “SHOK” (Kosovo) and “Bear Story” (Chile), became Oscar nominees, with the latter winning in the best animated short category. The 10 short films being shown this year are all Oscar-qualified — meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

Cinema-goers will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be posted on manhattanshort.com on Oct. 3rd at 10 a.m.

The films are: “The Tunnel” (Norway), “Carousel” (England), “Kaputt” (Germany), “Ella Got A Promotion?” (USA), “Hold On” (The Netherlands), “Bravoman” (Russia) “Overtime” (Australia), “Gorilla” (France), “I Am A Pencil” (Australia) and “The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR” (France).

Tickets can be purchased online at thepublictheatre.org or by calling (207) 782-3200. Tickets are $8 for adults and students.

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