Theater to host international film festival

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 27, 2015

Once again locals will have the opportunity to become a film critic during the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, which will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Strand Theatre, 717 Clay St.

“Manhattan Short was one of our most popular and well attended events last year,” film programmer for the Strand Theatre Daniel Boone said.

Boone said the film festival will unite audiences from more than 250 cities from six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world.

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“Cinema-goers will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor,” Boone said. “Manhattan Short is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it.”

This year, Manhattan Short received 672 short film entries from 52 countries and the 10 finalists are from eight countries.

This year’s finalist are “Listen” from Finland, “Dad’s In Mum” from France, “Bear Story” from Chili, “Forever Over” from Germany, “Shok” from Kosovo, “Grounded” from France, “Sundown” from Turkey, “Patch” from Switzerland, “El Camino Solo” from the U.S. and “Bis Gleich” from Germany.

The short films from Turkey and Kosovo are representing their respective countries for the first time and two of the short films, “Bear Story” and “Patch” are sophisticated animations.

Also, in highlighting the continued importance of women in film, half of this year’s selections feature actresses ranging in age from children to senior citizens, Boone said.

Following the screenings, Boone said audience members are invited to an event after the movie at Martin’s at Midtown Restaurant, 1101 Belmont St.

“We will discuss the films and audience members can defend their choices while they await the local results. We will be furiously counting the votes and as soon as we have totals, we will let everyone at Martin’s know,” Boone said.

Manhattan Short Film Festival founding director, Nicholas Mason, said this event is about communities coming together at their local theaters and will not be aired on cable television or Video on Demand.

For more information, call 601-529-7262 or visit

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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