2022 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival - New Bedford Whaling Museum
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2022 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

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2022 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Thursday, September 29  |  6:00 PM

$15 General Admission
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2022 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

The Whaling Museum is excited to bring the 25th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival to New Bedford again. Join more than 100,000 film lovers across 400 venues and six continents to simultaneously screen and vote on The Final Ten to select the Best Film and Best Actor awards.

By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.  MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Films will screen in the New Bedford Whaling Museum's Cook Memorial Theater and the winner will be announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 3, at 10AM EST.

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About the Films

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Scotland, Czech & Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland and Lebanon, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten Films represent the best short films from among 870 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2022, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

If the 10 short films presented by MANHATTAN SHORT have one common theme, it's how people deal with adversity in its various forms. Short films like The Blanket, Freedom Swimmer and Freefall explore how individuals react when caught up in large-scale, traumatic events. Adversity on a more personal level is the focus of short films like Warsha, Fetish, The Big Green and Love, Dad. Sometimes, the response is laughable, as in Save the Bees and The Treatment, especially when even the universe seems to be against you, as in Don vs Lightning. How these stories are told is varied as the directors that tell them. In short, there is plenty of drama and comedy interwoven with surprisingly effective newer ways of storytelling like animated documentaries. MANHATTAN SHORT also is a showcase for rising-star actors and recognizable favorites like Disney stalwart Peton List and Scotsman Peter Mullan, himself a prize-winning director, appearing in unexpected, talent-stretching roles.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

  1. Don vs. Lightning (Scotland)
  2. Love, Dad (Czech & Slovakia)
  3. Save the Bees (USA)
  4. The Treatment (Spain)
  5. Freefall (France)
  6. Fetish (USA)
  7. Freedom Swimmer (Australia)
  8. The Blanket (Finland)
  9. Warsha (Lebanon)
  10. The Big Green (France)

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 Sep 23 to Sept 29.