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World's Best Short Films at Algonquin Saturday

Classic shorts and international festival winners showcasing comedy, drama and animation

“World’s Best Short Films” returns 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, to Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan with a brand new lineup, officials said.

The event, New York City’s longest-running exhibition of award-winning short films, will be hosted by Sea Girt resident Diane Raver, founder of the Garden State Film Festival, according to a theater spokesman.

The fast-paced program features the best in comedy, drama and animation by combining classic shorts with international festival winners, David Applegate said in a release.

“A rare opportunity to see world-class films on the big screen in a theatrical setting,” Applegate said.

Each of the one-dozen titles included in “World’s Best Short Films” ranges from one- to 15-minutes long, presented back-to-back, he said.

Highlights, according to Applegate, include “The Lost Thing” by Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tanand -- the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short; and “The Quality of Mercy” starring Mary-Louise Parker of Showtime’s “Weeds” as a struggling actress.

A film created by directors Mark and Jay Duplass – who have directed five feature films in the last seven years including “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” – also is included. Sundance accepted “This is John” in 2003 – a film produced for the $3 cost of the tape on which it was shot, Applegate said.

Director Doug LeClaire’s Asbury Shorts, celebrating its 31th Anniversary, has taken programs around the world from Boston to Chicago and Berlin to London. Director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) has hosted the show and called it “The best short film show I’ve ever seen,” the release says.

Films in this year’s lineup are from New York City, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Ireland and everywhere in between. 

The event is sponsored by Optimum Health Chiropractic and Linda P. Hejduk and Peter A. Flihan Jr. 

Tickets are $12 and available online at algonquinarts.org, by calling 732-528-9211 and at the box office, 173 Main Street.

The event is recommended for ages 16 and up. 

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