Manhattan SHORT Returns - the Film Festival where YOU are the judge!

Filmgoers in the Chattahoochee Valley will unite with audiences in over 500 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 25th 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 22, 7:00pm, Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road
  • Saturday September 24, 2:00pm, Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road
  • Thursday September 29, 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 in late September 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 eight countries with films from Scotland, Chechia & Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland and Lebanon, alongside two films each from France and the United States. These Final Ten represent the best short films from among 868 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2022, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the art form.

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week in Angeles in Hollywood from September 20-26. In 2020 two films (The Present and White Eye) were both nominated for the Oscar.

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 on Monday Oct 3, at 10AM EST.

MANHATTAN SHORT’s international appeal is among its biggest attributes. “Twenty-five 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 500 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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