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)

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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

4 Reviews

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    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.

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    Tibo Pinsard

    Manhattan Short is among the best short films festivals. It gives a chance to the finalists to show their work worldwide. Don't hesitate a second to submit your film to this festival held by true film lovers.

    October 2016
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    Steven Canfield Crowley

    Top notch festival!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Steven, nice of you to comment on the event. - Nick Mason

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    Tom Grady

    The films I saw at the local screening were of the highest caliber. Really enjoyed them and the event. As an accepted screenwriter, I felt left out of the process completely. Would not submit again.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Tom. We accept every screenplay entered. We post them here on the website at the CONTACT A SCREENWRITER link: http://www.manhattanshort.com/contact-screenwriter.html

    The purpose of the Screenplay Comp is to market all screenplays entered to filmmakers worldwide hoping that they get made.

    For an event that takes place in 250 cities worldwide - I don't know how else to work the screenplay comp. Do you?

    Nick Mason