MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival 2014

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  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
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Audience-Interactive MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival
Makes Fifth Annual Appearance at Art Center

FREE; Reservations required*



Established in New York City in 1997, The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival receives more
than 500 entries from over 40 countries each year. Ten entries are selected as finalists
in the annual Festival and are then packaged and distributed on DVD to participating theaters.
Audiences from around the world unite not only to view the films, but to vote on them as well.
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will announce the winner on Monday, October 6 at 10 pm EST
and the Art Center will also post the results online.

Due to overwhelming demand, the Art Center is featuring expanded screenings
on Friday, September 26 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, September 28 at 1:30 pm; and
Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 pm. Although the September 28 and October 2 screenings
are repeats of the September 26 program, audiences will have the opportunity to
vote at the conclusion of each screening.
Films are not rated but are intended for an adult audience, and are approximately
two hours in length.

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*Make your FREE reservations HERE.



  • 97%

    Ben Brand, director

    A man tries to track down a potential love interest on a crowded train using a smartphone app.

    Run time: 8 minutes

  • Crime

    Alix Lambert and Sam Chou, directors

    A graphic-novel-style documentary about the havoc crime creates told by those living through it.

    Run time: 14 minutes

  • On the Bridge

    Sameer Patel, director

    Two men on London’s Waterloo Bridge debate the merits of jumping off into the dark river below them.

    Run time: 12 minutes

  • Shift

    James Croke, director

    A genius invents a sophisticated device that gives him a super power for the perfect heist.

    Run time: 11 minutes

  • The Fall

    Andreas Thaulow

    Two mountaineers depend on each other during a climb but one has a secret that puts trust to the test.

    Run time: 15 minutes

  • On/Off

    Thierry Lorenzi, director

    An astronaut hears a mysterious message that turns a routine space-walk into a dangerous mission.

    Run time: 14 minutes

  • La Carnada

    Josh Soskin, director

    Crossing the border into the USA illegally proves more perilous than a teenager imagines.

    Run time: 13 minutes

  • Mend and Make Do

    Bexie Bush

    An elderly woman reminisces about her life before and after World War II in animated fashion.

    Run time: 8 minutes

  • The Bravest, the Boldest

    Moon Molson

    A mother tries to avoid two U.S. Army officers ready to deliver the worst news of her life.

    Run time: 17 minutes

  • Rhino Full Throttle

    Erik Schmitt

    A man searching for the soul of a city encounters an enigmatic young woman who unlocks his heart.

    Run time: 15 minutes