Manhattan Short Film Festival

Thursday 4 October

Latest News: In 2018 MANHATTAN SHORT received 1565 entries from 73 countries from which NINE finalists were chosen. Between September 27 and October 7, these captivating nine short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 300 cities on six continents and will all be eligible for OSCAR nomination. And the judges of these films are you, the audience! On entry to the venue, every audience member will be given a ballot to vote for the best short films and actor at the conclusion of the show. Votes will be tallied at MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in NYC and the winners will be announced at on Monday October 8 at 10am. The directors and actors eagerly await your decision.

Number of Entries

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.

Held over one week from September 27 to October 7 MANHATTAN SHORT is a 120 minute compilation of short films that are an annual hit with audiences and filmmakers alike.

This year’s absolutely amazing entries from all over the world comprise of some really beautiful stories that make you think too. We’re proud to announce two screenings in our Waterside Events room on

  • Thursday September 27 from 1pm
  • Thursday October 4 from 6:30pm

We’ll have Early Bird lunch and dinner available so you can have a quick bite to eat beforehand.

MAHHATTAN SHORT has a one-world philosophy of inclusiveness, harmony and connecting with our global community, with every film-goer having a stake in the eventual winner.

You be the judge! Not only do MANHATTAN SHORT film-goers get the chance to watch the cream of the year’s international short films, every audience member also plays an integral part in deciding the winner. By casting your vote for your favourite film and favourite actor, it is the world wide audience that determines the ultimate victor and a possible Oscar winner!

Tickets are just $5 for general seating. Call Reception on 5534 7999.

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