Film aficionados from around the state will pack the Everett Theatre Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. when the Middletown venue takes part in the world’s largest short film festival, the Manhattan Short.


Film aficionados from around the state will pack the Everett Theatre Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. when the Middletown venue takes part in the world’s largest short film festival, the Manhattan Short.

The Everett is one of 200 theatres around the world that will hold a screening of the films this week, giving audiences a chance to vote for their favorites.

Here’s a rundown of all 10 finalists that will be featured in the festival:

‘Watching’
Directed by Max Myers of the United Kingdom, “Watching” tells the tale of Josh, who sits along in a café happily watching the world go by, even if that means denying his longing for a beautiful waitress named Annie. But a man comes along and offers Josh a chance to add some excitement into his life. This film runs 14 minutes.

‘Underground’
From Mexican Director Eduardo Covarrubias Diaz comes a film based on a true story. Nico and Trinidad illegally enter the United States from Mexico through a forgotten sewer, while another man, Harry, lays in wait on the other side under cover of the dark desert to enforce the law. “Underground” runs 10 minutes.

‘Party’
Croatian Director Dalibor Matanic presents a film about a girl who is enjoying a careless summer day with her friends on the sunlit streets of Vukovar. They are unaware, however, that the youthful idyll might be easily broken. The film runs 15 minutes, 3 seconds.

‘Madagascar’
“Madagascar,” a film from French Director Bastien Dubois, is a journey diary that redraws the trip of a European traveler confronted with Famadihana customs. The pages of the diary turn, the drawings liven up and audiences take in the luxuriant landscapes of Madagascar before being introduced to the Malagasy culture. The film runs 11 minutes, 30 seconds.

‘The Pool’
From Irish Director Thomas Hefferon brings audiences a tale of three teenage boys who break into their school’s swimming pool to stage a macho breath-holding contest. One boy teases the other, and the arrival of a girl they all have a crush on escalates the tension. “The Pool” runs 11 minutes, 45 seconds.

‘Push Bike’
Australian Director Mairi Cameron tells a tale of a woman named Michelle whose clothes are stolen from the pool changing room one night and must brave a nude ride home on her old bicycle. This film runs 11 minutes, 48 seconds.

‘A Little Inconvenience’
Directed by Helene Florent of Canada, “A Little Inconvenience” is about a man who gets up out of bed one morning and discovers he has a hard time keeping his feet on the ground. This film runs 10 minutes.

‘Echo’
“Echo,” directed by Polish Director Magnus Van Horn, tells the story of a police investigator who reconstructs a brutal murder, hoping to learn how two young boys could have committed such a crime. “Echo” runs 14 minutes, 42 seconds.

‘12 Years’
Director Daniel Nocke of Germany brings audiences a story about relationships and human emotion. Yet the main characters are dogs. With the tagline, “Breaking up is hard to do, even for dogs,” this film runs only 3 minutes, 26 seconds.

‘War’
From Italian Director Paolo Sassanelli comes “War,” a film that depicts life after World War II, where old political tensions interfere with family life. This film runs 15 minutes.
Editor’s note: Synopses provided by www.manhattanshort.com.