The first Manhattan Short was held in 1998, when 16 short films were shown onto a screen mounted on the side of a truck on Little Italy’s Mulberry Street in New York City and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. Manhattan Short is the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously in cinemas around the world bringing over 100,000 film-lovers across six continents together for one week, to view the world of the next generation of filmmakers.
Listen by Harry Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni (Finland/Denmark, 12 min). Police interrogate a foreign woman and her son but the translator conducts her own line of inquiry unbeknownst to the authorities.
Dad’s in Mum by Fabrice Bracq (France, 6 min.). A little girl hilariously explains the complexities of adult sex relationships to her younger precocious sister.
Bear Story by Gabriel Osorio (Chile, 10 min.). In this animated tale, a bear uses mechanical figures to relate the story of his oppressed life to one cub at a time.
Forever Over by Erik Schmitt (Germany, 13 min.). A young couple devise a wish list to spice up their lives but its fulfillment leads to unforeseen consequences.
Shok by Jamie Donahue (Kosovo/UK, 21 min.). The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war.
Grounded by Alexis Michalik (France, 19 min.). An airline ticketing agent rises to the occasion when faced with an extraordinary situation posed by a pair of passangers.
Sundown by Sinem Cezayirli (Turkey, 15 min.). A woman’s tranquil day at the beach turns tumultuous when she is forced to confront a sudden, new reality concerning her mother.
Patch by Gerd Gockell (Switzerland, 3 min.). Tiles on a wall reveal the elephant in the room, among other things, in this fast-paced animation that plays with perspective.
El Camino Solo by Shawn Telford (USA, 12 min.). A modern businessman stands himself on a desert highway only to be saved by rescuers who are more in touch with humanity than he is.
Bis Gleich by Benjamin Wolff (Germany, 15 min.). Two senior citizens view Berlin city life from their respective windows on opposite sides of the street and develop an unusual bond.