Filmgoers in Baton Rouge, along with audiences in more than 250 cities spanning six continents, will view and judge the work of the 10 finalists in the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.

The screenings start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St.

This year, the festival received 589 short film entries from 47 countries. England, Norway, Australia, Netherlands, France, Mexico, Germany and the USA are the countries represented in this year’s Festival. These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by that audience as well. Cinema goers will become instant film critics as they will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for Best Film and Best Actor. Votes will be sent through to festival headquarters, with the winner announced at at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

Some past finalists in Manhattan Short have been nominated and even won the Oscar in the short film category.

The 10 selected films are set in diverse locales, ranging from outer space to the deserts of Mexico and the mountains of Norway to the streets of New York, Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

The 2014 line-up features: “97%,” Ben Brand, Netherlands; “Crime – The Animated Series,” Alix Lambert and Sam Chou, USA; “On The Bridge,” Elena Fuller, England; “Shift,” James Croke, Australia; “The Fall,” Andreas Thaulow, Norway; “On/Off,” Thierry Lorenzi, France; “La Carnada,” Josh Soskin, Mexico; “Mend And Make Do,” Bexie Bush, England; “The Bravest, The Boldest,” Monn Molson, USA; “Rhino Full Throttle,” Erik Schmitt, Germany.

Admission is $11, with senior/student pricing available. For more information, call (225) 344-0334 or go to