The 10th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, a rousing success at its Enzian engagement a week ago, has announced a winner for the Best Film Award after its week of screenings across three continents that concluded on Sunday night. Audiences in North, Central, South America and Europe voted for their favorite film in the 12-film competition, and the winner is...Susan Jacobson's powerful photojournalist drama, ONE HUNDREDTH OF A SECOND, from the UK. Congratulations Susan!
Enzian's audience was pretty much in line with others world-wide, as the film came in a close 3rd place behind Diego Quemada-Diez' I WANT TO BE A PILOT (a film from Kenya that took "Best Documentary") and Simon Ellis' SOFT (my personal favorite, another British effort that won the "Best Edited Short" award). These three were the only films to receive over 20 votes after the Enzian screening. Going backwards in popularity at our screening, 4th place went to BORIS' COMPLETE BOOK OF RULES from Israel (winner of the "Best Student Film" award), 5th was Florida Film Festival veteran THE TRAINEE from Singapore, CLOONEY from Germany and CHERRIES from the UK tied for 6th and 7th, I MET THE WALRUS from Canada was 8th (and won a "Best Animation" award), KING PONCE from the UK was 9th, LINES from USA was 10th, THE PRESTIDIGITATOR from Spain was 11th, and FEELING_LONELY? from Australia was 12th and the least popular title in the program.
Since the audience was instructed to vote for one film only to win this year's Manhattan Short Film Festival, I'm a little surprised to see that four other awards were given out. I'm not exactly sure what the criteria was or who made the decisions beyond the one Audience Award for Best Film, but all of the films that won something were deserving of their honors. This was a fun event and well worth the price of admission. If you missed it this time, be sure to check it out in the future.