Guests can become film critics, cast votes at Welder Center event

Victoria has been selected to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 20th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The audience will have an opportunity to judge 10 short films from Manhattan Short’s record  1,615 short film entries from 52 countries. The 10 finalists hail from eight countries. Last year, the audience selected a short film that went on to win an Oscar.

The festival will screen simultaneously at select cinemas across the globe between the dates of Sept. 28-Oct. 8.

Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry to each cinema and asked to vote for the one film that they think should win. Votes will be tallied by each cinema and sent to Manhattan Short headquarters in New York City. The overall winner will be announced on Oct. 9 on the website.

The Victoria screening of Manhattan Short is sponsored by the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival and the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Admittance to the festival is $10. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Welder Center Box Office at (361) 570-TKTS (8587). Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Manhattan Short festival.

The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts is located at 214 N. Main St. For more information, call (361) 485-8540 or visit