SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 / 10 AM – 4 PM

2019 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival Finalists

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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.

Below are the ten films selected as finalists for this year's MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

The Art Center will host three showings of the films. Reservations are required:

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Films are not rated but intended for an adult audience.

Winners will be announced by MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival on Monday, October 7 at 10 am EST and the Art Center will also post the results on its website the following day.

  • nefta football club

    Director: Yves Piat / France / 17:00 minutes

    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?

  • debris

    Director: Julio Ramos / USA / 14:00 minutes

    Following a disastrous accident on his construction site, Armando rushes to save an injured worker but then stumbles into a grim world of human labor trafficking.

  • driving lessons

    Director: Marziyeh Riahi / Iran / 12:48 minutes

    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.

  • tipped

    Director: Alysse Leite-Rogers / Canada / 13:48 minutes

    A talented but under-appreciated waitress at an upscale restaurant reaches her tipping point with a table of difficult customers and concocts a special dish of revenge.

  • sylvia

    Director: Richard Prendergast / UK / 16:53 minutes

    Our love affair with the automobile means that a car can feel like it is part of the family. But on one last road trip, one woman relives the moments that give this car special significance. 

  • the match

    Director: Pia Andell / Finland / 15:38 minutes

    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. 

  • this time away

    Director: Magali Barbe / UK / 14:00 minutes

    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. 

  • malou

    Director: Adi Wojaczek / Germany / 13:08 minutes

    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. 

  • a family affair

    Director: Florence Keith-Roach / UK

    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. 

  • at the end of the world

    Director: Fon Davis / USA / 13:08 minutes

    In an apocalyptic Mure, a lonely government worker finds solace with a soldier during the last World War. But their Mure together is threatened when the soldier is sent back into battle. 

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