During one week of the year over 100,000 film-lovers gather in over 400 Cinemas across 6 Continents to view and vote on the Finalists Films' in the 23rd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival - MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world....it's the World's First Global Film Festival.

If making short films is about getting your work out there, nothing compares to MANHATTAN SHORT.

Every Film Selected is eligible to enter the Oscars:
MANHATTAN SHORT does a full week's run in a cinema in Los Angeles, California. This theater booking means all ten finalists in the 2020 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will be eligible to enter the Oscar competition for 2021.

MANHATTAN SHORT is now in compliance with the rules governing the Oscar Awards set forth by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences

MANHATTAN SHORT also conducts a screenplay competition for screenplay for short films only (20 pages and under)

Featured Musical Artist Competition:
MANHATTAN SHORT will be featuring a Musical Artist or Band leading up to and throughout the duration of the Festival each year. The selected Musician or Band will have his/her music featured in over four hundred venues and to over 100,000 people worldwide during the MANHATTAN SHORT intermission and in all promotional materials leading up to the festival dates, including exclusive headline billing on our website. This is a tremendous opportunity for new or unknown musical talent to have their music broadcast to our ready-made worldwide audience of eager festival attendees. It is also a unique chance to gain name recognition and immediate exposure. Entry forms are also available at the website: http://manhattanshort.com/musical-artist-competition.html

All Films Selected become eligible to enter the Oscars 2019
The Gold Medal
The Silver Medal
The Bronze Medal
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Featured Musical Artist

Films Must Be 20 Minutes and Under in Length.

For pre screening selection purposes we ask for either
a) Online Screeners
b) DVDs or Blu Ray sent to our mailing address

If film is successful we ask for Apple Prores QT files at (23.98)

Deadlines - July 31st every year

Overall Rating
  • Great screenwriting festival. The organisers were very good at communicating - and useful and constructive feedback throughout.

    November 2019
  • hu li huai 2781447030

    I am honored to be in the semi-finals. MANHATTAN SHORT is a high-level competition. The finalists won the attention and recognition of the world, but I hope to get the title for the promotion. I have sent an email to the organizing committee. Haven't got a reply yet.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Every Screenplay entered into the Festival is a semi finalist. Film Freeway has no other way to categorize them. Its either Not Accepted. Semi Finalist, or Winner. So we just choose Semi Finalist. As they were all accepted.

  • What an honor to receive a semi-finalist award in such a prestigious short film festival as the one in Manhattan! Even though I couldn't make it out for the events, social media and website updates made kept me in the loop! Thanks Manhattan Short Film Festival!

    October 2019
  • Nicholas Mason is enough reason to submit to this phenomenal festival.
    His support and voracious passion for film is enthralling. The communication was clear, concise and responsive. Thank you Nick and Manhattan Shorts!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Not only that, but Alysse and I would like to announce we're getting Married next week and you are all invited.

  • William Chandler Jr

    This was a great event. It was a surprise and grateful acceptance. This was awesome. The only thing greater is to work harder in order to move closer to the winner's spot. Thank you, Manhattan.

    October 2019