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Global Short Film Fest returns to Columbus. YOU help choose the winner!


Filmgoers in the Chattahoochee Valley will unite with audiences in over 400 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Columbus Public Library. The Library is the only location in the state of Georgia where this competition can be seen.

The Columbus screenings will take place:

  • Thursday September 26, 7:00pm, Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road
  • Saturday September 28, 2:30pm, Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road
  • Monday September 30, 7:00pm, Library Auditorium. 3000 Macon Road

The short films selected for the final competition are screened across the world during a ten-day period (September 26 to October 6, 2019), with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue.

This year’s Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Finland, and Germany alongside two films from the United States and three from the United Kingdom. These Final Ten represent the best short films from among 1,250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the art form.

MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by women, 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 Match.

The 2019 MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

Nefta Football Club (France) – Debris (USA) –  Driving Lessons (Iran) – Tipped (Canada) – Silvia (United Kingdom) – The Match (Finland) – Malou (Germany) – This Time Away (United Kingdom) – A Family Affair (United Kingdom) – At The End Of The World (USA)

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas in the county of Los Angeles in Hollywood from September 20-26. Last year two of the finalists were “short-listed” for the Oscars, with one – Fauve – earning the coveted Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film.

You Be the Judge!
Which of these Final TEN short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 7, at 10AM EST.

MANHATTAN SHORT’s international appeal is among its biggest attributes. “Twenty-two years ago, I started the MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL when I mounted a screen to the side of a truck in Mulberry Street in Little Italy in New York City to a crowd of just over 200 people. This year, there will be over 100,000 film lovers gathered in over 400 venues across six continents for the same event. Looking back, what fascinates me most is the MANHATTAN SHORT was never once reliant on celebrities or corporate sponsors to exist. It has always been about great films, a great concept, great venues and an appreciative audience. It is that combination that makes MANHATTAN SHORT one of the largest short film festivals in the world today.  I’m so proud to be part of it because it is the public who have created it.”— Founding Director Nicholas Mason.

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