Manhattan Short Film Festival 2021

Run Time: 146 min. Release Year: 2021

This short film festival is not just one of the largest in the world, it is the world’s first global film festival as audiences in over 400 venues across six continents unite for one week. The festival continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives, and the Film Center is proud to once again be the exclusive Columbus host.

Attendees will vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue, and all ten festival selections will automatically become qualified for the 2022 Academy Awards. Learn more.

The Program:


Death by Handshake

Director Hudson Flynn

A talented teenager copes with restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic by filming a witty love letter to his New York City hometown.

Country: United States
Runtime: 9:16 min.

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Director Mark Rosenblatt

A little girl, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s wartime past, starts to believe her adored house cleaner is a sinister thief.

Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 14:00 min.

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Bad Omen

Director Salar Pashtoonyar

Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, a widow and mother, struggles to purchase her prescription glasses in order to continue working as a tailor.

Country: Afghanistan
Runtime: 16:10 min.

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Directors Adam Patterson & Declan Lawn

Ex-paramilitaries enforce their own brand of street justice but when they condemn a dog to death, they bite off more than they chew.

Country: Northern Ireland
Runtime: 13:00 min.

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Archibald’s Syndrome

Director Daniel Perez

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but for Archibald it’s literally an affliction until he meets a free-spirited woman during a bank robbery.

Country: France
Runtime: 19:15 min.

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The Kicksled Choir

Director Torfinn Iversen

A boy wants to sing in the local choir but when his father gets into a fight with a refugee, his aspirations are in jeopardy.

Country: Norway
Runtime: 18:00 min.

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Closed To The Light

Director Nicola Piovesan

In a moment captured in time, die-hard Italian fascists conduct reprisal executions of civilians in Lombardy during World War II.

Country: Italy
Runtime: 10:00 min.

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Out Of Time

Director Delphine Montaigne

Felix’s mother has been called in and an exasperated director is threatening to ban him from the premises. But Felix still has a few moves.

Country: France
Runtime: 9:00 min.

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Director Jo Meuris

The animated tale of a little girl who falls in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora and learns about love, friendship and growing up.

Country: United States
Runtime: 5:12 min.

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Monsieur Cachemire

Director Iouri Philippe Paillé

A bank loan officer extracts dark secrets from the past from an eccentric and mysterious customer in need of funds.

Country: Canada
Runtime: 16:00 min.

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