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The Manhattan Short Film Festival Sept 29th, 30th and Oct 1st

Posted on 09/25/2017 12:00pm by Jennifer Madigan

For one weekend only, filmgoers in Lewiston, Mainewill unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Public Theatre in Lewiston on Fri and Sat, September 29 and 30 at 7:30pm, and Sun, Oct 1 at 4pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 782-3200.  Tickets are $8 for adults and students. 

MANHATTAN SHORT audiences know a good short film when they see one. Two of the top vote-getters from past festivals have become Oscar nominees, and in 2015, Bear Story from Chile went on to win the famous statue in the best animated short category. Selected from 1615 entries from 75 countries, the 10 films chosen represent the USA, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Syria and the United Kingdom. In addition, all of the 10 short films are Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination. 

Which of these 10 short films is the best? That’s up to you and a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be posted on on Monday, October 9th. 

The first MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival was held in 1998, when 16 short films were shown on a screen mounted on the side of a truck in Little Italy's Mulberry Street in New York City, and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in cinemas around the world, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers across six continents together for one week, to view the work of the next generation of filmmakers 

This event is not going to Cable TV or Video On Demand, so tell your friends and head over to The Public Theatre the last weekend in September to see 10 of the best short films the world has to offer. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St, downtown Lewiston. The showing of the Manhattan Short Festival is sponsored Roopers Beverage and Redemption Center and Maine’s Big Z 105.5. For more information on the Festival visit or

The Final 10 films are:
Do No Harm (New Zealand),  Behind (Spain), Fickle Bickle (USA), Hope Dies Last (UK), Perfect Day (Spain), Just Go! (Latvia) Mare Nostrum (Syria), Viola, Franca (Italy), In a Nutshell  (Switzerland), 8 Minutes (Georgia).