Global Film Festival Returns to Tiny Torquay Cinema
THE WORLD'S FIRST Global Film Festival returned to Torquay this week, as the home of the UK's smallest Cinema – the Blue Walnut Café – was selected as one of just three UK venues to host the 2012 Manhattan Short Film Festival.
The 14 year old festival is currently showing in over 300 cities across 6 continents. Over 100,000 people worldwide are gathering in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes to watch the finalist film entries. This year, Manhattan Short received 520 short film entries from 49 countries, from which 10 finalists were selected.
All ten films have been screened globally - including at the Blue Walnut Café in Chelston, Torquay - all this week, with the public themselves judging and voting for their winner. Votes will be sent through to Manhattan Short's Headquarters and the winner will be announced this Sunday 7 October at 10pm (EST).
Torquay is one of just three UK venues to show the films, the others being in Scotland and Newcastle. There is already a clear favourite film amongst our own cinema goers, as Blue Walnut Café owner Debbie Whyte explains:
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"The Dutch entry, 'A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences' is not only my personal favourite but is also winning the votes so far this week at the café, it's fantastic. There is a real variety of films this year, the Russian entry is very dark, and there are also some very humourous, touching and heartfelt films," said Mrs Whyte, "The festival always generates a lot of interest and this year is no exception, it's been very successful. We've been fully booked with a very long waiting list also. Everyone is raving about it and we'll definitely be doing it next year."
This year's entries are from Norway, The Netherlands, Russia, UK, Ireland, Peru, France, Romania, USA and Spain. For more information on the Manhattan Short Film Festival, or to check on your winner on Sunday night, please visit www.manhattanshort.com.
For more information on The Blue Walnut Café on Walnut Road in Torquay, please visit www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk.