2023 manhattan shorts

2023 Manhattan Short Film Festival

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Library Hall
One world. One week. One festival. Watch the films, then YOU be the judge at the world's first global film fest!

Discover your inner film critic by casting your vote for Best Film and Best Actor in the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening globally Sept 28 - Oct 8, 2023, and locally (and FREE!) for one night only on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Bud Werner Library. You'll join film lovers in over 500 venues across the globe gathering to see the 10 Finalists in this year's event. With past finalists garnering Oscar nominations and short films continuing to move into the Hollywood mainstream, come see this entertaining program featuring the best short films in the world today!

The Ten MANHATTAN SHORT Finalists hail from eight countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada alongside three films from the USA.  All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination. The MANHATTAN SHORT 2023 line-up is linked by a common theme: how we face adversity, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances. The 10 short films in the program feature narratives that are dramatic, sometimes humorous, occasionally magical, and always inspirational!

The 2023 MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:
(USA), Voice Activated (Australia), Yellow (Afghanistan), Tuulikki (Finland), The Family Circus (USA), Career Day (USA), Snail (Iran), The Record (Switzerland), The Stupid Boy (UK), Soliel Du Nuit (Canada).

Watch the films! Be the Judge!

Which of these Final Ten short films is the best? That's up to a worldwide audience to decide. Audiences at Bud Werner Library and around the globe will become instant film critics as you are handed a ballot upon entry that allows you to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor at the conclusion of the program. 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 to Manhattan Short's headquarters and the winner will be announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 9. The directors and actors anxiously await your decision.

It's the public that creates stars
Manhattan Short Founding Director Nicholas Mason

What exactly is Manhattan Short?

Manhattan Short is not a touring festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the film festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, Manhattan Short offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all 50 states of the United States and beyond.