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Audience-Interactive MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival Makes Inaugural Appearance
at the Art Center
One World, One Week, One Festival

Thanks to all who attended and voted on the MANHATTAN SHORT films on October 1! See film descriptions below for the winner and ranking from the Art Center vote. Visit for overall interntional winner.

Established in New York City in 1997, The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival receives over 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. The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 3 at 9:15 pm EST. This year, theaters in all 50 states are participating as well as venues on six continents. For more information about The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, visit See below for complete list of 2010 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival finalists.


  • Watching

    Third place with 30 Art Center votes
    Max Myers, director, UK, 14 minutes

    Josh sits alone in a café happily watching the world go by – even if that means denying his longing for the waitress, Annie. But then Carrick, sitting at a nearby table, offers Josh a chance to add some excitement into his life.


  • Underground

    Tied for ninth place with 7 Art Center votes
    Eduardo Covarrubias Díaz, director, Mexico, 10 minutes

    Nico and Trinidad enter the United States from Mexico illegally through a forgotten sewer. Harry lays in wait on the other side, under cover of the dark desert, to enforce the law.


  • Party

    Fifth place with 19 Art Center votes
    Dalibor Matanic, director, Croatia, 15.3 minutes

    A girl is enjoying a careless summer day with her friends on the sunlit streets of Vukovar, where light-heartedness and leisure make everything seem nice and simple. They are not aware that the youthful idyll might be easily broken.


  • Madagascar

    Second place with 35 Art Center votes
    Bastien Dubois, director, France, 11.30 minutes

    Madagascar is a journey diary that redraws the trip of a European traveler confronted with Famadihana customs. The pages of the diary turn, then the drawings liven up, and we cover the luxuriant landscapes of Madagascar before being introduced to the Malagasy culture.


  • The Pool

    Eighth place with 9 Art Center votes
    Thomas Hefferon, director, Ireland, 11.45 minutes

    Three teenage boys break into their school’s swimming pool one night in order to stage a macho breath-holding contest. The loud, brash Charlie begins to tease the overweight, child-like Sam. The arrival of a girl they all fancy escalates the tension.


  • Push Bike

    Tied for ninth place with 7 Art Center votes
    Mairi Cameron, director, Australia, 11.48 minutes

    When her clothes are stolen from the pool changing room one night, Michelle must brave a nude ride home on her old bike.



  • A Little Inconvenience

    Fourth place with 29 Art Center votes
    Helene Florent, director, Canada, 10 minutes

    A man gets up out of bed one morning and discovers he has a hard time keeping his feet on the ground.


  • Echo

    Sixth place with 17 Art Center votes
    Magnus Van Horn, director, Poland, 14.42 minutes

    A police investigator reconstructs a brutal murder, hoping to learn how two young boys could have committed such a crime.


  • 12 Years

    Seventh place with 15 Art Center votes
    Daniel Nocke, director, Germany, 3.26 minutes

    Breaking up is hard to do, even for dogs.


  • War

    WINNER! First place with 73 Art Center votes
    Paolo Sassanelli, director, Italy, 15 minutes

    World War II just ended but old political tensions interfere with family life.






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