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Manhattan Short Film Festival - 10 Great Films, One Great Night!

Posted on 09/01/2016 10:00am by Jennifer Madigan

The Public Theatre hosts The Manhattan Short Film Festival Sept 23rd and 24th   

For one weekend only, filmgoers in Lewiston, Maine will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre in Lewiston on Fri and Sat, September 23 and 24 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 782-3200.  Tickets are $8 for adults and students.

MANHATTAN SHORT audiences know a good short when they see one. Two of the top vote-getters from last year’s festival, SHOK (Kosovo) and Bear Story (Chile), became Oscar nominees, with the latter winning the famous statue in the best animated short category. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists for 2016 hail from eight countries, with France and Australia represented by two films each. These Final 10 short films represent the best among a record 844 submissions from 52 countries. In addition, for the first time, all of the Final 10 short films are Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

Which of these 10 short films is the best? That’s up to you and 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. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be posted on on Monday, October 3rd at 10:00am.

This year’s crop of 10 short films is an exciting assortment. Two short films, Kaputt and I Am a Pencil, are animations. Other entries run the gamut from comedy to drama to horror to science fiction. Film fans also will see well-known actors like Ewen Bremner (Carousel) of Trainspotting and Pearl Harbor fame as well as a number of young actors who will be the stars of tomorrow--with Ewen Bremner’s daughter, Harmony Rose Bremner, among them. Will father and daughter split the vote for Best Actor? The audience decides and hopefully, there will be no trouble in the Bremner household once the ballots are cast.

The first MANHATTAN SHORT was held in 1998, when 16 short films were shown onto a screen mounted on the side of a truck in Little Italy's Mulberry Street in New York City, and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in cinemas around the world, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers across six continents together for one week, to view the work of the next generation of filmmakers

This event is not going to Cable TV or Video On Demand, so tell your friends and get down to The Public Theatre to see 10 of the best short films the world has to offer. For more information on the Festival and to read detailed interviews with the 10 Finalists visit

The Final 10 films are:
The Tunnel (Norway), Carousel (England), Kaputt (Germany), Ella Got a Promotion? (USA), Hold On (The Netherlands), Bravoman  (Russia) Overtime (Australia), Gorilla (France),  I Am A Pencil  (Australia), The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR  (France).