This year, MANHATTAN SHORT received 1565 entries from 73 countries from which nine finalists were selected. These nine short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 300 cities on six continents during the week of Sept 27 – Oct 7. 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 8 at 10am EST. The directors and actors anxiously await your decision.

The nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These final nine short films represent the best short from among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT in 2018, a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s finalists bring together an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas;fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 11 epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a dark comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT 2018 program.

The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Fauve (Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria). Click Here to read interviews with the Final 9 Directors

Unlike any other festival, The Manhattan Short Film Festival invites you—the viewer—to vote for the festival’s winner! 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. 



Director: Alberto Corredor Marina
Country: England
Running Time: 14:58
Synopsis: Haunted by grief, a man asks questions only the recently deceased can answer. The dead get their say in the hidden chamber of a mysterious pub. You may not like what you hear.



Director: Phil Brough
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 8:47
Synopsis: When Cardboard City catches fire, it’s up to an energetic fire chief and his brave deputies to save its citizens from the encroaching flames.



Director: Dev Patel
Country: USA
Running Time: 16:15
Synopsis:  In a loveless marriage, a woman seeks solace from a home shopping channel that proves to be her salvation…unless it was the problem all along.



Director: More Raca
Country: Kosovo
Running Time: 12:14
Synopsis: To escape a marriage arranged by her extremely religious father, a young girl seizes the chance to run away and save more than herself.



Director: Marcus Markou
Country: United Kingdom
Running Time: 12:12
Synopsis: Two strangers meet at key turning points over the course of their lives. The initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship.



Director: Marco Gadge
Country: Germany
Running Time: 14:00
Synopsis: At the end of World War II, Red Army soldiers bent on brutal revenge for past atrocities attack a German city. Compassion comes from an unlikely source. Based on a true story.



Director: Barnabás Tóth
Country: Hungary
Running Time: 16:00
Synopsis: During a professional conference in Prague, two interpreters in the Hungarian booth hilariously vie for the attention of one listener.



Director: Jérémy Comte
Country: Canada
Running Time: 16:00
Synopsis: Two boys playing in an abandoned surface mine take turns outdoing each other until the stakes are suddenly raised and it’s no longer a game.



Director: Tanja Mairitsch
Country: Austria
Running Time: 18:27
Synopsis: A young woman finds her lost lover in a world of ever-changing surreal landscapes. But love, she discovers, is more complicated than she imagines.


Tickets: $9.75/ $7 Students & Seniors

Top Photo: Lacrimosa, Austria, 2018 Finalist


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