Manhattan Short Film Festival

you be the judge!


The fan-favorite film festival returns to LPCA!

Check back closer to the festival for a list of the 2024 finalists!


Join us when over 100,000 film lovers unite in over 400 venues worldwide to view and vote for the next generation of filmmakers.

The 2023 Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hailed from seven countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, UK and Canada alongside three films from the USA. These Final Ten Films represented the best short films from among 850 submissions from 72 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2023 – a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

The 2023 line-up was linked by a common theme: how we face adversity, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances. The ten short films in the program featured narratives that were dramatic, sometimes humorous, occasionally magical and always inspirational!

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles.

MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the film festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform – one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond!

You Be the Judge!

The judges of the finalists’ films are YOU! Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry to each cinema and asked to vote for the ONE film they think should win. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ. 

How do I find out who the winners are?

The winners of MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will be announced on the home page at