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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Fri, October 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT

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$5.00 with Student ID

Over 100,000 Film Lovers
Across the Globe
Unite for One Week
For One Film Festival

Don’t miss the 21st annual Manhattan Short Film Festival coming to Peoples Bank Theatre on October 5, 2018! Screening begins at 7:00 p.m. 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 II epic; a film shot entirely underwater; and a dark comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT 2018 program. These films will be screened before an audience of some 100,000 film-lovers in more than 250 venues the last week of September and first week of October.

Tickets are just $8. Students get in for $5 (with valid id).

Attention Parents: These films are not rated. Some films may contain strong language or graphic scenes. Recommended for audiences 18 years and older.


What makes the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival unique is that the audience will not only be watching and enjoying the films, but judging them as well. Each audience member will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City!

With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated for, and even winning, the Academy Award in the short film category, the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing, and you’re a part of the action!

Click Here to read interviews with the Final 9 Directors



Directed by: Alberto Corredor Marina
Country: United Kingdom
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.


Directed by: Phil Brough
Country: New Zealand
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.


Directed by: Dev Patel
Country: USA
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.


Directed by: More Raca
Country: Kosovo
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.


Directed by: Marcus Markou
Country: United Kingdom
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.


Directed by: Marco Gadge
Country: Germany
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.


Directed by: Barnabás Tóth
Country: Hungary
Time: 16:00

Synopsis: During a professional conference in Prague, two interpreters in the Hungarian booth hilariously vie for the attention of one listener.


Directed by: Jérémy Comte
Country: Canada
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.


Directed by: Tanja Mairitsch
Country: Austria

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.