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 27th 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 2024 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will be eligible to enter the Oscar competition for 2025. In the last three years at least one film from MANHATTAN SHORT has made it to the Oscars the following year.

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
  • Thank you for selecting my short screenplay Overdue as a semi-finalist. There is clearly a huge amount of work that goes into producing this festival - the organisers are clearly driven by a passion and it is great to see everyone getting into it on social media (Facebook) and anaylsing the films. The festival is also very encouraging for everyone what ever their role has been to date in the industry or other role in another industry to put pen to paper to create their own script. Many thanks.

    October 2023
  • Excellent work Nick! I would happily post a glowing public review, so let me know if you want one down the line

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Phil, sounds Good Mate.

  • A very interesting and professional contest. Thank you to be semi-finalist, as screenplays, with my short plot "Suitable".

    October 2023
  • Many thanks for awarding my short script "My Town" semifinalist. Encouraging.

    October 2023
  • Bien ou Bien Productions

    We were so lucky to be amongst the 10 films that were part of the final selection this year. This festival is unlike any other: your film gets SEEN by so many people, in so many theaters, it's truly a wonder and we're super grateful to Nick and Frank for their hard work.

    October 2022