Today at The Clinton: Thursday, Jun 22

4:30pm Private Party




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Between September 23 to October 2, 2016 over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gather in Cinemas, Museums and Universities for one view and vote on the Finalist's Films in the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Please join us for its Portland screening on October 2nd.


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 3, 2016.

"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 10 of the best short films the world has to offer," said Founding Director Nicholas Mason. 


Ten Finalists in 2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival

the_tunnel1The Tunnel

Written & Directed by: André Øvredal

Principal Cast: Kyrre Haugen Sydness, Siri Helene Müller-Osborne, Max Amundsen

Country: Norway

Time: 12:35

Synopsis: An overcrowded future. A terrible solution. A family stuck in traffic jam.


Written & Directed by: Kal Weber

Principal Cast: Ewen Bremner, Harmony Rose Bremner

Country: England

Time: 6:00

Synopsis: A man doles out a torrent of accumulated wisdom to a teen with unexpected results.


Animated & Directed by: Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl

Voices: Gabriele Stötzer, Birgit Willschütz

Country: Germany

Time: 7:00

Synopsis: An animated documentary about Hoheneck, the main prison for women in former East Germany.

ella_gets_a_promotion1Ella Gets A Promotion?

Written by: Mike Pusateri

Directed by: Richard Diaz & Mike Pusateri

Principal Cast: Erin Breen, Jennifer Cudahy

Country: USA

Time: 9:00

Synopsis: Ella, a talented and loyal employee, finally gets the promotion she deserves. Or does she? A humorous look at duplicitous behavior in today's corporate America.

hold_on1Hold On

Written & Directed by: Charlotte Scott-Wilson

Principal Cast: Charlie Chan Dagelet, Roeland Fernhout, Lidewij Mahler

Country: Netherlands

Time: 20:00

Synopsis: A young, talented cellist suddenly develops stage fright after one of her cello strings breaks during an important performance.


Directed by: Evelina Barsegian

Principal Cast: Igor Sergeev, Karina Razumovskaya, Igor Grabuzov, Aleksandra Mamkaeva, Natalia Kruglova

Country: Russia

Time: 18:25

Synopsis: Andrey is paid to rouse theater audiences from their seats, a job that turns him into a cynic until he meets a woman whose appreciation of the stage brings her to tears.


Written & Produced by: Emma McKenna & Craig D. Foster

Directed by: Craig D. Foster

Principal Cast: Aaron Glenane, Adam Dunn, Ainslie Clouston, Arka Das

Country: Australia

Time: 9:00

Synopsis: It's getting late on a Friday night and Ralph is keen to get out of the office, but the boss won't let him. No big deal, right? It's just that the full moon is rising and Ralph is a werewolf.


Written & Directed by: Tibo Pinsard

Principal Cast: Stéphane Coulon, Flore Bonaventura, David Coburn, James Gerard, Nathan Rippy

Country: France

Time: 14:05

Synopsis: Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs as a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle. But scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

i_am_a_pencil1I Am A Pencil

Animated & Directed by: Joe D'Arcy

Country: Australia

Time: 5:40

Synopsis: Freedom of expression is the star of this animated film inspired by those who marched in protest on January 11th, 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France.

the_last_journey_of_the_enigmatic_paul_wr1The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR

Directed by: Romain Quirot

Principal Cast: Hugo Becker, Bruno Lochet, Nicholas Giraud, Emilie Gavois Kahn, Jean Luc Couchard, Dorcas Coppin

Country: France

Time: 12:35

Synopsis: Mankind's only hope of salvation rests upon the shoulders of the enigmatic Paul WR, the most talented astronaut of his generation. Mysteriously, a few hours before the mission launch, Paul has disappeared.

Click Here to read interviews with the Final 10.

Special Admission

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