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For the last 12 years, the Art Institute of Charlotte has hosted a wonderful showcase event in our fair city, giving exposure to local filmmakers as well as entries coming in internationally. What’s the name of the event?

“Manifesto”— a love letter to all those aspiring artists from every different genre.

This year’s showing consists of over 60 different films, ranging from music videos, experimental, animation, to short narratives and documentaries.

Entries start coming in from late February to early March, consistently open to all who are looking for an outlet to display their passions and eccentricities. Each year the festival also comes with its own special theme, this year’s being “Reflections Projections.”

With the open display for each artist to use, prizes and awards are also given out between the different entries. Judging the event are veterans from within the industry itself, as well as representatives from other institutions.

Selections go from Best Actor/Actress, Best Writing, and Best Director to an illustrious Grand Jury Award. The rules that are handed out for each entry is a minimum timeframe of 15 seconds to a maximum of seven minutes, meaning the length itself isn’t what these hopefuls should be worried about, but the way they convey their separate messages.

The Manifesto Film Festival XII will be held on March 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the public are just $5, while entrance is free for all A.I. students. This year’s location is the McGlohon Theater, 345 North College Street on Spirit Square in the Uptown area.