“Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel makes his directorial debut with “Home Shopper” in the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival Showing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at The Grand in Ellsworth. The short film is about a woman, who is in a loveless marriage, who seeks solace from a home shopping channel that proves to be her salvation. DEV PATEL NETWORK PHOTO

Grand joins global audience to pick top short film

ELLSWORTH — More than 100,000 movie-goers in over 300 cities spanning six continents will vote starting Thursday, Sept. 27, and in the following days for their favorite of the nine short films picked from 1,565 entries in the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival.

In its 21st year, the festival gets going at The Grand — among hundreds of participating cinemas around the world — at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 — when the audience will view shorts ranging from Canadian filmmaker Jérémy Comte’s “Fauve,” about two young boys playing in an abandoned surface mine in Quebec, to “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel’s “Home Shopper,” about a woman who seeks solace from a home shopping channel.

As judges, The Grand audience — along with more than 100,000 festival-goers in cities as far-flung as Mumbai and Cairo — will vote for the one film they feel should win. They also will vote for Best Actor as well. Their votes will be tallied and submitted to the New York City-based festival’s headquarters, where the winner will be announced (and posted) at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

The other seven finalist films include “Baghead” (UK), “Fire in Cardboard City” (New Zealand), “Her” (Kosovo), “Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times” (UK), “Someone” (Germany), “Chuchotage” (Hungary) and “Lacrimosa” (Austria).

For the festival, whose slogan is ““One World — One Week — One Festival,” admission costs $10 per adult, $9 for seniors/students and $8 for Grand Members. For more info, call 667-9500 and visit www.grandonline.org. To find out the festival’s winner, go to www.ManhattanShort.com.

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