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Preservation Worcester presents the Manhattan Short Film Festival--first time in Central Mass

Worcester, MA – Between September 28 and October 8, over 100,000 film-lovers will gather in more than 300 cinemas across six continents to view and vote for the winning films in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.  Manhattan Short is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world…. it’s the world’s first global film festival. This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of this world-wide event, and for the first time, a Central Massachusetts venue will be included: Preservation Worcester’s Park View Room at 230 Park Avenue, Worcester. 

On Thursday, September 28, Preservation Worcester will host a Gala Premiere with live entertainment, fine food and over-the-top excitement. Public showings of the festival films continue from September 29 to October 8 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Park View Room.  

Selected from 1,615 entries from 75 countries, Manhattan short 2017 films come from the USA, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Syria and the United Kingdom and are Oscar-eligible. To add to the excitement, the Preservation Worcester showings will have filmmakers and local celebrity guest hosts at each showing as well as a local film competition.  Film goers will receive ballots which will be collected and tallied worldwide for Manhattan Short Best Film and Best Actor awards. 

Tickets are available at  Reservations are required.

September 28 - Gala Premiere event $60

September 29 – October - 8 Showings $15

Free parking is available and the building is handicapped accessible.

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Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester.  The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources.  Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.