Manhattan Short Film Festival 2021

tuesday, september 28 AT 7:30PM | regular admission prices

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Don’t miss the 24th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, featuring 10 great new shorts from around the world – and YOU help select the winner!

Moviegoers in Tucson will unite with over 100,000 film lovers in over 500 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 24th annual edition of “the world’s first global film festival,” Manhattan Short Film Festival, screens at The Loft Cinema!

What makes the Manhattan Short Film Festival unique is that the audience will not only be watching and enjoying the films, but judging them as well.  Each audience member will receive a voting card and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City, as well as posted on the Manhattan Short website, on Monday, October 4.

With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated for, and even winning, the Academy Award in the short film category, the Manhattan Short Film Festival has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing, and you’re a part of the action!

This year’s program (approximate running time: 120 mins.)

Death by Handshake (USA).   A talented teenager deals with restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic by filming a witty love letter to his hometown of New York City.

Ganef (UK).  A little girl, spooked by a dark story 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 (Ireland).  Ex-paramilitaries enforce their own brand of street justice, but when they condemn a dog to death, they  bite off more than they can 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 life, 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.