During one week of the year over 100,000 film-lovers gather in over 500 Cinemas across 6 Continents to view and vote on the Finalists Films' in the 25th 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 2022 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will be eligible to enter the Oscar competition for 2023. In the last three years at least one film from MANHATTAN SHORT has made it to the Oscars the following year.

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 automatically become eligible to enter the Oscars
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
  • Gio Forlenza

    Good festival. Worth entering. Thanks.

    November 2020
  • Yulia Travnikova

    Just the best! Amazing work of the team, great promotion of films in the programm. We were happy to be a part of Manhattan Shorts 2020.

    October 2020
  • Even in today's world of social distancing. Being part of a Film festival from great distances is by far very much enjoyable. Thank you all who view my work and voted for me. You really have humbled me. Thank you.

    October 2020
  • Stephane Arteta

    Great festival. I am very grateful for the support. Manhattan Short really love films and sharing them with people. I hope I could attend next year.

    October 2020
  • Jackie Fish

    We were so chuffed to be included in this extraordinary event for our film Safe Space. We found Nick's communication to be immediate and amazing. I wish I could review the event as a cinema goer as such I can only guess at the stars that I figure might go into Hospitality and Networking - being stuck in Melbourne is no fun around festivals that's for sure! But overall quality, value as an entrant, communication were 5 stars that's for sure! Thanks so much Manhattan Short for including us.

    October 2020