Film lovers will unite in over 500 venues worldwide to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place during September 28th to October 8th, 2023. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival of its kind. The Final selections screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, where attendees vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue. Every short film selected will automatically become qualified for the Oscars of 2023.
Directed by: Boris Vesselinov
Cast: Ben Holtzmuller, Erik Scilley
Synopsis: As they pilot their submarine down into the world's deepest point, two researchers must debate pressing on when a crack in their window port grows.
Directed by: Steve Anthopoulos
Cast: Aleks Mikic, Becky Lucas, Sam Neill
Synopsis: A florist with a stutter is forced to cooperate with a voice-activated car on the way to an important delivery.
Directed by: Elham Ehsas
Cast: Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, Elham Ehsas
Synopsis: In Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, a woman walks into a chadari store in Kabul to buy her first full-body veil and face an uncertain future.
Directed by: Teemu Nikki
Cast: Saana Koivisto, Elina Knihtila
Synopsis: When a young woman, dominated by an over-protective mother plots her escape, their relationship dissolves into one of mutual suspicion.
Directed by: Andrew Fitzgerald
Cast: Elyse Dinh, Michael Ironside, Scott Subiono, Michael Nguyen Manceau, Blake Dang, Christian Seavey
Synopsis: A Vietnamese-American family's plan to cover up a drunk-driving incident begins to unravel when their emotional baggage spills out in front of the police.
Directed by: Jason Robinson & Chris Hooper
Cast: Paul Bartholomew, Aria Perry, Abby Eiland, Julianna Robinson
Synopsis: A once promising 90's pop star and his aging boy band reunite for his daughter's elementary school Career Day. They go viral.
Directed by: Aminreza Alimohammadi
Cast: Bahareh Nouhian, Iliya Akhavanrad
Synopsis: A loving mother strives to make her young son's singing dreams come true but an audition takes a dramatic, unforeseen turn.
Directed by: Jonathan Laskar
Synopsis: An antique musical instrument dealer obsessively plays a magical vinyl record that “reads your mind and plays your lost memories.” Even the forgotten ones
Directed by: Phil Dunn
Cast: Joshua Griffin, Shaun Mason, Derek Elroy, Ellie Piercy
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: In London, a broken man groomed for a terrorist attack is confronted by a local lad who sees things differently. But seeing things differently can be dangerous.
Directed by: Fernando López Escrivá, Maria Camila Arias
Cast: Larissa Corriveau, Jacques Newashish, Mark Krupa, Oshim Ottawa
Synopsis: While training for a moon landing, a group of Canadian astronauts are tasked with an added mission by a Native American elder.
*Please be aware that some shorts may not be suitable for children.