During one week of the year over 100,000 film-lovers gather in over 300 Cinemas across 6 Continents to view and vote on the Finalists Films' in the 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 2018 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will be eligible to enter the Oscar competition for 2019.

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)

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

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
  • ben price

    Fantastic festival, we were delighted to be selected. Nick really champions short films.

    October 2017
  • I'm smiling from ear-to-ear thinking about how one film festival had the wherewithal to connect an entire world with so many beautiful stories. And because of their love for unity, I am most definitely in awe of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

    October 2017
  • Charles Lo Manto

    Thank you for an awesome festival and for all of your encouragement. I hope to submit some new material next year.

    October 2017
  • Stephen Ward

    If you only enter one festival in your life it has to be Manhattan Short. Probably the most well-organized, exciting Festival on the planet. Nick Mason is the coolest, most passionate, most responsive film evangelist you could meet. A true pro. Highly recommended.

    October 2017
  • Evelina Barsegian

    Everything is great! Mahnattan Short 2016 was amazing!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Evelina...and good luck with the Oscars.