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— Nicholas Mason, Founding Director of Manhattan Short
Manhattan Short announced the final selections for its 22nd annual short film festival, taking place in over 400 venues worldwide between September 26 and October 6.
The final ten Manhattan Short finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Finland, and Germany alongside two films from the USA and three from the United Kingdom. These films represent the best short films from among 1,250 submissions from 70 countries, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.
Nefta Football Club
(France) 17 minutes
In Tunisia, two football-loving, young brothers find a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the border with Algeria. But why is the animal wearing headphones over its ears?
(USA) 14 minutes
After a disastrous event on his construction site, Armando acts quickly to save his crew, but instead stumbles upon an unspeakable truth. Debris is an intense and visceral glimpse of the grim world of human labor trafficking.
(Iran) 13 minutes
Local laws say Bahareh’s husband must accompany her to driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone, a task made more complicated when the two men don’t get along.
(Canada) 14 minutes
A waitress at an upscale restaurant reaches her tipping point with a table of difficult customers and concocts a special dish of revenge.
(UK) 17 minutes
Our love affair with the automobile means that a car can feel like it is part of the family. Sometimes it’s more than that.
(Finland) 16 minutes
Two middle-aged women turn a friendly game of tennis into an intense competition but stand united at the end of the match when they discover one thing in common.
(Germany) 14 minutes
Rejected by a famed dance school, Malou gets a chance to prove that she’s destined for a career as a dancer despite the odds seemingly stacked against her.
This Time Away
(UK) 14 minutes
An elderly man lives as a recluse, haunted by his past and memory of the family he once had, until a non-human visitor arrives and disrupts his isolation.
A Family Affair
(UK) 13 minutes
When Annabelle wakes up alone in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in and he is not the man of her dreams.
At the End of the World
(USA) 13 minutes
In an apocalyptic future, a lonely government worker finds solace with a soldier during the last World War. But their future together is threatened when the soldier is sent back into battle.