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Audiences in over 350 Cities Spanning 6 Continents Unite for One Week for One Reason…to Judge the Nine Finalists in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.


Filmgoers in Newton, NJ will unite with audiences in over 350 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the The Newton Theatre.


The Final Nine are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period (September 26 to October 6, 2019), with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind.


All Final Nine short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a full week at a cinema in the county of Los Angeles. 


You Be the Judge! 
Which of these Final Nine short films is the best? That's up to 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. 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 at


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