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Manhattan Shorts

2021 |

  • Short films
  • From USA, UK, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy, France, Canada
  • Vote for the best film and best actor
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MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998, when Mason screened 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy New York City. A year later the Festival moved uptown to Union Square Park in New York City. MANHATTAN SHORT transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 300 venues on six continents, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers in all corners of the globe together for one week, via the next generation of filmmakers.

Filmgoers in Central Otago will unite with audiences around the world to view and judge the final 10 Manhattan Short films which screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period. The Best Film and Best Actor awards are determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue.

Central Cinema is the only participating cinema in New Zealand.

MANHATTAN SHORT Finalists of 2021; The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from U.K., Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten selections represent the best short films from among 970 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2021, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

You Be the Judge!
Which of these Final Ten short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers 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. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it.

Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced right here at on Monday Oct 4.

Which of these final ten short films is the best?

That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers in Central Otago will vote for the Best Film and Best Actor and their votes along with others from around the world will determine the winners.

Death By Handshake, USA
A talented teenager copes with restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic by filming a witty love letter to his New York City hometown.

Ganef, UK
A little girl, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s wartime past, starts to believe her adored house cleaner is a sinister thief.

Bad Omen, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, a widow and mother, struggles to purchase her prescription glasses in order to continue working as a tailor.

Rough, Northern Ireland
Ex-paramilitaries enforce their own brand of street justice but when they condemn a dog to death, they bite off more than they chew.

Archibald’s Syndrome, France
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but for Archibald it’s literally an affliction until he meets a free-spirited woman during a bank robbery.

The Kicksled Choir, Norway
A boy wants to sing in the local choir but when his father gets into a fight with a refugee, his aspirations are in jeopardy.

Closed To The Light, Italy
In a moment captured in time, die-hard Italian fascists conduct reprisal executions of civilians in Lombardy during World War II.

Out Of Time, France
Felix’s mother has been called in and an exasperated director is threatening to ban him from the premises. But Felix still has a few moves.

Aurora, USA
The animated tale of a little girl who falls in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora and learns about love, friendship and growing up.

Monsieur Cachemire, Canada
A bank loan officer extracts dark secrets from the past from an eccentric and mysterious customer in need of funds.