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MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival at 11AM Part of the First Thursdays series
ONE WORLD – ONE WEEK – ONE FESTIVAL
During the week of September 26 to October 6, 2019, an audience of over one hundred thousand people will unite in over 350 Cinemas world wide to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 22 Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world today…its the World’s First Global Film Festival.
MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Ten are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by the festival, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.
This year, the finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Germany, and Finland alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom. These Final ten films represent the best short films among 1250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
Directed by: Yves Piat
Principal Cast: Eltayef Dhaoi, Mohamed Ali Ayari
Country: France | Running Time: 17:00
Synopsis: In Tunisia, two football-loving, young brothers find a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the border with Algeria. But why is the animal wearing headphones over its ears?
Photo Credit: Lyes Salem
Directed by: Julio Ramos
Principal Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Karren Karagulian
Country: USA | Running Time: 14:00
Synopsis: After a disastrous event on his construction site, Armando acts quickly to save his crew, but instead stumbles upon an unspeakable truth. An intense and visceral glimpse of the grim world of human labor trafficking.
Photo Credit: Philip Klucsarits
Directed by: Marziyeh Riahi
Principal Cast: Linda Kiani, Alireza Sanifar, Salar Khamseh, Sanaz Mesbah
Country: Iran | Running Time: 12:48
Synopsis: Local laws say Bahareh’s husband must accompany her to driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone, a task made more complicated when the two men don’t get along.
Photo Credit: Majid Gorjian
Directed by: Alysse Leite-Rogers
Principal Cast: Fiona Vroom, Brian Markinson, Teryl Rothery, Beverley Elliot
Country: Canada | Running Time: 13:48
Synopsis: A waitress at an upscale restaurant reaches her tipping point with a table of difficult customers and concocts a special dish of revenge.
Photo Credit: Mirza
Directed by: Richard Prendergast
Principal Cast: Jolie Lennon, Gaynor Fraser, Maisie Prendergast, Rowan Biddisombe
Country: United Kingdom
Running Time: 15:12
Synopsis: Our love affair with the automobile means that a car can feel like it is part of the family. Sometimes it’s more than that.
Photo Credit: Richard Prendergast
Directed by: Pia Andell
Principal Cast: Milka Ahlroth, Nina Hukkinen
Country: Finland | Running Time: 15:38
Synopsis: Two middle-aged women turn a friendly game of tennis into an intense competition but stand united at the end of the match when they discover one thing in common.
Photo Credit: Antti Ruusuvuori
Directed by: Adi Wojaczek
Principal Cast: Romina Küper, Veronica Ferres
Country: Germany | Running Time: 14:00
Synopsis: Rejected by a famed dance school, Malou gets a chance to prove that she’s destined for a career as a dancer despite the odds seemingly stacked against her.
Photo Credit: Stephan Frohlich
THIS TIME AWAY
Directed by: Magali Barbe
Principal Cast: Timothy Spall, Jessica Ellerby
Country: United Kingdom | Running Time: 14:00
Synopsis: An elderly man lives as a recluse, haunted by his past and memory of the family he once had, until a non-human visitor arrives and disrupts his isolation.
Photo Credit: Gabi Norland
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Directed by: Florence Keith-Roach
Principal Cast: Florence Keith-Roach, John Standing
Country: United Kingdom | Running Time: 13:08
Synopsis: When Annabelle wakes up alone in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in and he is not the man of her dreams.
Photo Credit: Sarah Cunningham
AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Directed by: Fon Davis
Principal Cast: A. Leslie Kies, Victor Manso
Country: USA | Running Time: 13:08
Synopsis: In an apocalyptic future, a lonely government worker finds solace with a soldier during the last World War. But their future together is threatened when the soldier is sent back into battle.
Photo Credit: Joel Hodge
WHAT IS MANHATTAN SHORT?
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites.
If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform — one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond.
Gorton is excited to host this festival for the first time during our First Thursdays series in October!
Thank you to Sheffield Foundation for sponsoring the First Thursdays Film Series through the Gorton Producer Program.
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