17th Annual


September 26, 2014 to October 05, 2014

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Short Films
Films must be 18 minutes and under in length. Any genre.
MANHATTAN SHORT Screenplay Competition is for screenplays for Short Films only. The competition is NOT just for established screenwriters it's for everyone. We encourage everyone and anyone to have a go at writing a short story and entering this competition, you may discover you are a screenwriter at heart.

Everyone has a story...just keep 'em short

The focus of this competition is not only designed to discover and promote the best short screenplays out there, but to connect great short stories to great filmmakers.

All scripts entered should have a synopsis, character breakdown, page length and contact information listed at the MANHATTAN SHORT Contact a Screenwriter page. This page will be marketed through the MANHATTAN SHORT network.



During the week of Friday September 26 to Sunday October the 5, 2014 over 100,000 film lovers in over 300 Cinemas across 6 Continents will unite to view & vote on the Finalists Films' in the 17th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

Cinemas taking part in MANHATTAN SHORT 2014 Can be seen at this link here - http://www.manhattanshort.com/cinemas.html

MANHATTAN SHORT is the world's most 'People Powered' Film Festival. Audiences at each venue are asked to vote for the one film they think should win. Votes are tallied and sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ in NYC where the winner is announced.

One the same day, your film could be screening in Sydney to Mumbai to,Moscow to Vienna to Kathmandu to 150 cinemas in all 50 States of the United States.

MANHATTAN SHORT was the first Film Festival to take place in all 50 States of the USA, and the first film festival to unite all 6 Continents of the world. It is not just one of the largest short film festivals in the world, its the World's first Global Film Festival. For for a filmmaker with a short film who wants to get it out there, nothing compares to MANHATTAN SHORT.



The first MANHATTAN SHORT was held on a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street NYC in 1998. The following year it moved to Union Square Park NYC, with the films being judged by Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eric Stoltz and Laura Linney to name a few. The event, which showcases short films from as many different countries as possible, (A Cinematic Olympiad) was always held mid September.

In 2001 The Festival took place in Union Square Park on Sunday Sept 23rd. Just 12 days after the Sept 11 attacks. Union Square Park, had become a shrine where New Yorkers gathered to grieve those they had lost in the attacks. The Festival was asked by the city to go ahead as planned, as part of the process of helping to move this city forward. In doing so, the Festival received a lot of global press, and in the following years, we started to receive a lot more films from a lot more countries. In reviewing all the films, we were given an insight to how the world was feeling at that time and the idea to get these films to a wider audience was spawned.

In 2004, we held the event in seven cities in seven states, in one week and handed the voting over the audience, they were handed voting cards and asked to vote for the ONE Film they liked best, votes tallied by the cinema and sent to us in NYC where the winner was announced. By 2010 the Festival had grown to over 750 Screenings, in over 300 Cinemas across 6 Continents (Including 200 cinemas in all 50 States of the USA) in one week. It became the first film festival to take place all 50 States of the USA.

From the side of a truck in 1998 to six continents by 2010...MANHATTAN SHORT became the World's First Global Film Festival.

Today, it has become like Earth Day but via short films. One reporter described MANHATTAN SHORT as the world's most people powered film festival, and he's right., It was not us (The organizers) that made MANHATTAN SHORT what it is today It was the cinema going public world-wide. This is their Festival, and we invite you as a filmmaker to share with them.

Simple as that.

'If every country in this world can't come together to view a selection of short films from around the world for one week of the year...then we should be asking why"


Nick Mason (Distributor)


Manhattan Short Film Festival Rules and Regulations

The Festival screens off HD Cam, Digital Beta or Beta SP Or Apple Prores HQ at 1080i .

For pre-selection the Festival requires films on DVD & Blu Ray in NTSC and PAL or Vimeo Links with p/w.

Films in languages other then English require English subtitles.

Films should be no longer then 18 minutes in length. The festival will allow for 1 to 2 minutes leeway to suit the filmmaker’s vision


Final Deadline
July 31, 2014 Entry Fee $40

There is no Extended Deadline. All films MUST be in NYC by July 31, 2014

Credit card payments are preferred by foreign applicants and no handling fee will be added to their entry.

Successful applicants will be asked to immediately submit master tapes on either HD Cam or any other HD format, Digital Beta or Beta sp in either PAL or NTSC formats.

Ideally we like all successful applicants to deliver their Films in the aspect ratio of 16.9 Anamorphic - Apple Prores HQ Quick Time Files at 1080i - NTSC

Films not in English MUST submit one version of the film with English subtitles

Please have press kits, translations and stills including a still of the director on hand and ready to send into us ASAP, should your film be selected. As over 400 media outlets around the world request stills, images must be 300 dpi and saved as a tiff or jpeg files.


Term & Conditions

All decisions are final.

Filmmakers are to enjoy the Festival, and love getting their work out there