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Filmgoers in Portland can unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept 27 - Oct 7 when the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Clinton Street Theater on September 29 and 30.


MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond --

You Be the Judge!

The Judges of the Finalists' Films are you. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry to each cinema and asked to vote for the ONE film they think should win. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ. The over all winner is announced on Monday October 8, 2018.

"In times like these, cross-border events like MANHATTAN SHORT that contribute towards greater tolerance and understanding are needed now more than ever. This is a festival that's about communities bonding together via their local cinema. I want to thank and congratulate all the filmmakers and cinemas involved in the global cinematic event. MANHATTAN SHORT is not going to cable TV or Video on Demand or anywhere else. So get down to your local theater to see 9 of the best short films the world has to offer," said Founding Director Nicholas Mason. 


Manhattan Short 2018 Finalists

The Nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These Final Nine short films represent the best short films among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2018, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year's Final Nine represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War II epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a comedy.


Directed by: Alberto Corredor Marina

Country: United Kingdom

Time: 14:58

Synopsis: Haunted by grief, a man asks questions only the recently deceased can answer. The dead get their say in the hidden chamber of a mysterious pub. You may not like what you hear.

fire_in_cardboard_city1Fire In Cardboard City

Directed by: Phil Brough

Country: New Zealand

Time: 8:47

Synopsis: When Cardboard City catches fire, it's up to an energetic fire chief and his brave deputies to save its citizens from the encroaching flames.

home_shopper1Home Shopper

Directed by: Dev Patel

Country: USA

Time: 16:15

Synopsis: In a loveless marriage, a woman seeks solace from a home shopping channel that proves to be her salvation...unless it was the problem all along.


Directed by: More Raca

Country: Kosovo

Time: 12:14

Synopsis: To escape a marriage arranged by her extremely religious father, a young girl seizes the chance to run away and save more than herself.

two_strangers_who_meet_five_times1Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times

Directed by: Marcus Markou

Country: United Kingdom

Time: 12:12

Synopsis: Two strangers meet at key turning points over the course of their lives. The initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship.


Directed by: Marco Gadge

Country: Germany

Time: 14:00

Synopsis: At the end of World War II, Red Army soldiers bent on brutal revenge for past atrocities attack a German city. Compassion comes from an unlikely source. Based on a true story.


Directed by: Barnabás Tóth

Country: Hungary

Time: 16:00

Synopsis: During a professional conference in Prague, two interpreters in the Hungarian booth hilariously vie for the attention of one listener.


Directed by: Jérémy Comte

Country: Canada

Time: 16:00

Synopsis: Two boys playing in an abandoned surface mine take turns outdoing each other until the stakes are suddenly raised and it's no longer a game.


Directed by: Tanja Mairitsch

Country: Austria

Time: 18:27

Synopsis: A young woman finds her lost lover in a world of ever-changing surreal landscapes. But love, she discovers, is more complicated than she imagines.

Special Admission

$7-10 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. $8 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE.