By Taylor Mooney

TUSCALOOSA – There was a little taste of the Big Apple in Tuscaloosa Thursday night.

The Bama Theater hosted the Manhattan Short Films Festival, which was simulcast to all 50 states and multiple countries around the world. The festival had a record 658 entries from an 52 different countries.

The top ten films were featured and guests who attended were able to vote for their favorite actor and film. Eight countries were represented in the top ten, with Turkey and Kosovo making their first appearances in the festival.

Jacob Crawford, the assistant bar manager at the Bama Theater, said “This is kind of sort of in that same kind of vein. It’s an independent creative outlet, not just here in the state of Alabama, but people all over the world. It’s really exciting”.

The main focus of this year’s festival was the increasing importance of women in the film industry.




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