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Manhattan Short Film Festival 2023

Opens on September 30

Run Time: 125 min.

Discover your inner film critic by casting your vote for Best Film and Best Actor at the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival! You’ll join film lovers in over 500 venues across the globe gathering to see the Ten Finalists in this year’s festival.

MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival of its kind. The final selections screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period and attendees vote for the festival award winners. Every short film selected will automatically become qualified for the 2024 Academy Awards.

About the finalists:

The festival continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives from around the globe. This year’s finalists hail from eight countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Canada alongside three short films from the United States.

This 2023 line-up is linked by a common theme: how we face adversity, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances. The Final Ten short film selections feature narratives that are dramatic, sometimes humorous, occasionally magical and always inspirational! Learn more about the finalists and read interviews with the filmmakers at

Sunless | Director Boris Vesselinov | United States

Voice Activated | Director Steve Anthopoulos | Australia

Yellow | Director Elham Ehsas | Afghanistan

Tuulikki | Director Teemu Nikki | Finland

The Family Circus | Director Andrew Fitzgerald | United States

Career Day | Directors Jason Robinson & Chris Hooper | United States

Snail | Directors Jason Robinson & Chris Hooper | Iran

The Record | Director Jonathan Laskar | Switzerland)

The Stupid Boy | Director Phil Dunn | United Kingdom

Soleil De Nuit | Directors Fernando López Escrivá & Maria Camila Arias | Canada

About the festival:

MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998, when founder Nicholas Mason gathered an audience of 200 people and showed 16 short films on a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York City. A year later the Festival moved uptown to Union Square Park NYC, where audiences grew to love the annual event. From these humble beginnings, the festival has now transformed into a worldwide phenomenon.

Celebrating its 26th birthday in 2023, MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival on the planet to unfold simultaneously, in more than 500 cinemas on six continents, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers in all corners of the globe together for one week, via the next generation of filmmakers. Click here to read how it all began.

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