2021 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

You be the judge!

2021 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Thursday, September 30
6:00 PM
Tickets $15
Cook Memorial Theater
New Bedford Whaling Museum

In-Person Event

Masks are required for this in-person event and social distancing measures will be in effect. The theater and all Whaling Museum galleries have UVC air purification systems in place. Protocols for this event are subject to change based on Covid-19 community transmission data from the CDC. Check the visit page on our website for current information.

2021 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Film lovers can join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world to view and vote on the 10 finalists’ films when the 24th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Whaling Museum’s Cook Memorial Theater on September 30, 2021. The festival runs at different international venues during the week of September 23 – October 3, 2021.

Watch the Trailer

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from U.K., Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten selections represent the best short films from among 970 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2021 - a testament to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from September 24 - 30.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

  1. Death By Handshake (USA)
  2. Ganef (UK)
  3. Bad Omen (Afghanistan)
  4. Rough (Northern Ireland)
  5. Archibald's Syndrome (France)
  6. The Kicksled Choir (Norway)
  7. Closed to the Light (Italy)
  8. Out of Time (France)
  9. Aurora (USA)
  10. Monsieur Cachemire (Canada)

You Be the Judge!

Which of these Final Ten short films is the best? That's up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor.

MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday October 4, 2021.