The Manhattan Short Film Festival is a unique experience, extending beyond its headquarters in New York City by inviting participating venues worldwide to screen entries and allow audience voting to determine the winner. The festival takes place in 250 cities across 6 continents and includes screening venues in all 50 states of the United States, the first film festival ever to do so.

Unlike any other festival, The Manhattan Short Film Festival invites you—the viewer—to vote for the festival’s winner! The festival takes place in 250 cities across 6 continents and includes screening venues in all 50 states of the United States, the first film festival ever to do so.  These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Cinema goers will become instant film critics as they will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. 

This year, MANHATTAN SHORT received 1615 entries from 75 countries from which 10 Finalists were selected. These 10 short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 250 cities on six continents during the week of September 28 – October 8, and the judges of these films are you, the audience. On entry to each venue, you will be handed a ballot card that allows you to VOTE for the BEST SHORT FILM and ACTOR at the conclusion of the program. Votes will be sent to MANHATTAN SHORT’s headquarters and the winner will be announced at on Monday October 9 at 10am EST. The directors and actors anxiously await your decision.


Director: Rosanne Liang
Country: New Zealand
Synopsis: 3am. Hongjing, China. 1980s. A single-minded surgeon is forced to break her physician’s oath when violent gangsters storm into a hospital to stop a crucial operation. Running Time: 12:00


Director: Ángel Gómez Hernández
Country: Spain
Synopsis: A divorced mother is obsessed with the idea that her ex-husband is plotting to take her baby away from her. Running Time: 15:00


Director: Stephen Ward
Country: USA
Synopsis:  Left alone in a magnificent mansion after the forgetful owner goes on vacation, a plumber contacts his high school crush, knowing she’s always been a “gold-digger.”  Running Time: 10:45

Director: Ben Price
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: During World War II, a prisoner working as a barber for the Nazis fears every haircut may be his last. Running Time: 7:43


Director: Ignacio Redondo 
Country: Spain
Synopsis: With a $10 million business deal set to close and a date with beautiful girl, David figures today will be the best day of his life. Not quite. Running Time: 10:45


Director: Pavel Gumennikov
Country: Latvia
Synopsis: A young man who lost both his legs in a childhood accident comes to the rescue of the girl he loves when she is victimized by villains.  Running Time: 10:45


Directors: Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf
Country: Syria
Synopsis: On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father’s decision to give his daughter a better life puts her in danger of losing it.  Running Time: 13:00


Director: Marta Savina
Country: Italy
Synopsis: Sicily, 1965. Franca is being forced to marry her rapist to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditionalist community but she rebels against the established custom.  Running Time: 15:00


Director: Fabio Friedli
Country: Switzerland
Synopsis: Love, war and the myriad states of humanity and the world condensed into a visual summation that’s a treat for the eyes.  Running Time: 5:00


Director: Gega Khmaladze
Country: Georgia
Synopsis: With the end of the world fast approaching, an aging magician realizes one last feat of magic is required of him.  Running Time: 12:40


PLEASE NOTE: Some of the films include violent scenes, please consider a rating of PG-13.

Tickets: $9.75/ $7 Students & Seniors

Top Photo: Viola, Franca, 2017 Finalist