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. This year’s Festival will be held September 26-October 6. 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 ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 7 at 10am EST.
The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Germany, and Finland alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom. These Final ten films represent the best short films among 1250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.
MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by woman, including one from Iran. This year’s Final Ten represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas, spine-tingling suspense, and hilarious comedies, as well as genre surprises like a pair of science fiction films and one that focuses on tennis. “A narrative short film on sports is as rare as a centaur sighting,” notes Pia Andell, director of the The Match.
The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:
Nefta Football Club (France), Debris (USA), Driving Lessons (Iran),Tipped (Canada) Sylvia (United Kingdom), The Match (Finland), This Time Away (UK), Malou (Germany), A Family Affair (UK), At The End of the World (USA)Tickets: $9.75/ $7 Students & Seniors
Tickets: $9.75/ $7 Students & Seniors
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
Directed by Yves Piat | Country: France
Synopsis: In Tunisia, two football-loving, young brothers find a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the border with Algeria. But why is the animal wearing headphones over its ears?
Directed by: Julio Ramos | Country: USA
Synopsis: After a disastrous event on his construction site, Armando acts quickly to save his crew, but instead stumbles upon an unspeakable truth. Debris is an intense and visceral glimpse of the grim world of human labor trafficking.
Directed by: Marziyeh Riahi | Country: Iran
Synopsis: Local laws say Bahareh’s husband must accompany her to driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone, a task made more complicated when the two men don’t get along.
Directed by: Alysse Leite-Rogers | Country: Canada
Synopsis: A waitress at an upscale restaurant reaches her tipping point with a table of difficult customers and concocts a special dish of revenge.
Directed by: Richard Prendergast | Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Our love affair with the automobile means that a car can feel like it is part of the family. Sometimes it’s more than that.
Directed by: Pia Andell | Country: Finland
Synopsis: Two middle-aged women turn a friendly game of tennis into an intense competition but stand united at the end of the match when they discover one thing in common.
Directed by: Adi Wojaczek | Country: Germany
Synopsis: Rejected by a famed dance school, Malou gets a chance to prove that she’s destined for a career as a dancer despite the odds seemingly stacked against her.
THIS TIME AWAY
Directed by: Magali Barbe | Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: An elderly man lives as a recluse, haunted by his past and memory of the family he once had, until a non-human visitor arrives and disrupts his isolation.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Directed by: Florence Keith-Roach | Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: When Annabelle wakes up alone in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in and he is not the man of her dreams.
AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Directed by: Fon Davis | Country: USA
Synopsis: In an apocalyptic future, a lonely government worker finds solace with a soldier during the last World War. But their future together is threatened when the soldier is sent back into battle.
Top Photo: At the End of the World, USA, 2019 Finalist
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