September 27, 2017

Manhattan Short Film Festival Comes to New Bedford Whaling Museum

YOU BE THE JUDGE on October 4

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –The New Bedford Whaling Museum and Bristol Community College have partnered to bring the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival to New Bedford again on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. The event takes place in the Museum’s Cook Memorial Theater. Participants will join more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to view and vote for Best Film and Best Actor from among 10 film finalists. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for Bristol Community College students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 508-997-0046 ext. 100, or at the door.

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, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas across the country and beyond.

Ten films have been selected from a record 1,615 entries from 75 countries. The final 10 represent a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, animation, Sci-Fi, horror, and martial arts. Finalists hail from the USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Syria, Georgia, and Latvia. All 10 short films In MANHATTAN SHORT qualify for Oscar consideration.

MANHATTAN SHORT audiences around the world will cast ballots for Best Film and Best Actor. Upon entry at all participating venues, festival attendees are handed a voting card. Votes are tallied by each host venue then emailed to the MANHATTAN SHORT’s New York City headquarters. The overall winners will be announced on on Monday October 9th, 2017.

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit