The 23rd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival

Presented by Center for the Arts

The 23rd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
Livestream begins on this page on October 29 at 7 pm. This is an online event only and will be available to rewatch for 48 hours after the initial live screening.

Run time 2 hours and 15 minutes

After the screening, VOTE HERE for your choice of best film and best actor.


Film lovers around the world will unite between September 24 to October 31 to view and vote on the nine finalists' films in the 23rd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Nine screen simultaneously across the world during a one-month period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Nine Films are Safe Space (Australia), The Stick (Finland), Exam (Iran), Hey,Gray (Russia), White Eye (Israel), Sticker (North Macedonia), Two Little Boys (USA), Maestro (France), and The Present (State of Palestine).

This year's Final Nine selections use drama, comedy and animation to address an astonishing number of themes, ranging from identity to parenthood to the seemingly universal frustration caused by the Department of Motor Vehicles no matter the country. The directorial voices are both male and female from countries large and small, often inspired by personal and sometimes harrowing, experience. This year's Final Nine screening also is a rare instance when gripping dramas from Iran, Israel, and the State of Palestine are featured in the same program.

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