The Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place across six continents in more than 250 cities. This year, Baton Rouge has a spot on that list.

The program will showcase the finalists at 7 p.m. Friday at Manship Theatre. Tickets are $7.50.

In its 19th year, the festival has evolved tremendously since its beginning. Nicholas Mason, the founding director, started Manhattan Short Film Festival when he projected 16 films on the side of a truck in New York City.

Today, it has grown into a worldwide event. Cities like Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna and Cape Town host the project. Manhattan Short also screens in all 50 states.

Frank Vizard, the associate director of communications, has worked with the festival for 19 years and watched it mature in that time. Submissions from across the world really help the diversity of the films.

“A big draw is its international flavor and the varying approaches to filmmaking taken by directors from so many different countries,” Vizard said.

Check out more info below on 10 finalists set to screen on Friday.

"The Tunnel"

Directed by André Øvredal; Norway

Based on a short story by Alice Glaser, "The Tunnel" follows a family stuck in a traffic jam that may put a permanent end to their trip.


Directed by Evelina Barsegian; Russia

Andrey is paid to rouse theater audiences from their seats, a job that turns him into a cynic until he meets a woman whose appreciation of the stage brings her to tears.


Directed by Volker Schlecht and Alexander Lahl; Germany

An animated documentary about Hoheneck, the main prison for women in former East Germany.

"Ella Gets a Promotion?"

Directed by Richard Diaz & Mike Pusateri; United States 

Ella, a talented and loyal employee, finally gets the promotion she deserves. Or does she? A humorous look at duplicitous behavior in today's corporate America.

"Hold On"

Directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson; Netherlands

A young, talented cellist suddenly develops stage fright after one of her cello strings breaks during an important performance.


Directed by Craig D. Foster; Australia

It's getting late on a Friday night, and Ralph is keen to get out of the office, but the boss won't let him. No big deal, right? It's just that the full moon is rising, and Ralph is a werewolf.


Directed by Kal Weber; England

A man doles out a torrent of accumulated wisdom to a teen with unexpected results.


Directed by Tibo Pinsard; France

It's 1952 Hollywood and Henry Corso performs as a costumed gorilla in studio horror and adventure films. So how do you get the leading lady to fall for a big ape?

"I Am a Pencil"

Directed by Joe D'Arcy; Australia

Freedom of expression is the star of this animated film inspired by those who marched in protest on Jan. 11, 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France.

"The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul W.R."

Directed by Romain Quirot; France

Mankind's only hope for salvation rests upon the shoulders of the enigmatic Paul W.R., the most talented astronaut of his generation. Mysteriously, a few hours before the mission launch, Paul has disappeared.