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Nine finalists selected for the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. One World. One Week. One Festival! "It's the Public that Creates Stars" MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998, when founder Nicholas Mason gathered an audience of 200 people and showed 16 short films on 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 NYC, where audiences grew to love the annual event. From these humble beginnings, MANHATTAN SHORT has now transformed into a worldwide phenomenon. Celebrating its 21st birthday in 2018, MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival on the planet to unfold simultaneously, in more than 300 cinemas 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.

All nine short films will play each night.

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

The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Fauve (Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria).

Join over 100,000 film-lovers in more than 300 venues across 6 continents for the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival! And you can be the judge. Starting Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th at the Rogers City Theater you can screen nine short films from around the world. On entry into the theater, audiences will be handed a voting card. At the conclusion of the screenings, each audience member will be asked to vote for the ONE film and ONE actor/actress they think is best. All votes will be sent to MANHATTAN SHORT Headquarters and the winner will be announced at on Monday, October 8th at 10:00 am EST.