By Appell Center for the Performing Arts September 12, 2022

Film lovers in York, Pennsylvania will unite with over 100.000 other film enthusiasts around the world when the 25th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts’ Capitol Theatre on Saturday, September 24 at 3PM and 7PM, and Sunday, September 25 at 3PM.


The Film Festival’s final selections are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, 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.


The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Scotland, Czech & Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland and Lebanon, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten Films represent the best short films from among 870 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2022, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.


If the 10 short films presented by MANHATTAN SHORT have one common theme, it’s how people deal with adversity in its various forms. Short films like “The Blanket,” “Freedom Swimmer” and “Freefall” explore how individuals react when caught up in large-scale, traumatic events. Adversity on a more personal level is the focus of short films like “Warsha,” “Fetish,” “The Big Green” and “Love, Dad.” Sometimes, the response is laughable, as in “Save the Bees” and “The Treatment,” especially when even the universe seems to be against you, as in “Don vs Lightning.” How these stories are told is varied as the directors that tell them. In short, there is plenty of drama and comedy interwoven with surprisingly effective newer ways of storytelling like animated documentaries. MANHATTAN SHORT also is a showcase for rising-star actors and recognizable favorites like Disney stalwart Peton List and Scotsman Peter Mullan, himself a prize-winning director, appearing in unexpected, talent-stretching roles.


The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

“Don vs Lightning” (Scotland), “Love, Dad” (Czech & Slovakia), “Save the Bees” (USA), The “Treatment” (Spain), “Freefall” (France), “Fetish” (USA), “Freedom Swimmer” (Australia), “The Blanket” (Finland), “Warsha” (Lebanon), “The Big Green” (France).


All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from September 23–29.


You Be the Judge!

Which of these Final Ten 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 (see example below) upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and 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 on Monday, October 3 at 10AM EST.


MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998, when founder Nicholas Mason gathered an audience of 200 people and showed 16 short films on a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York City. A year later the film festival moved uptown to Union Square Park NYC, where audiences grew to love the annual event. From these humble beginnings, MANHATTAN SHORT has now transformed into a worldwide phenomenon. Celebrating its 25th birthday in 2022, MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival on the planet to unfold simultaneously, in more than 500 cinemas on six continents, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers in all corners of the globe together for one week, via the next generation of filmmakers.


For tickets, visit, call 717-846-1111 or visit the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 50 N. George Street in York, PA.


About the Appell Center for the Performing Arts:

Appell Center for the Performing Arts enriches the community through performing arts, education and entertainment.  Featuring two historic theaters — the 1,262-seat Strand Theatre and the 450-seat Capitol Theatre — the Appell Center brings some of the biggest names in live, professional performing arts along with impactful education programs.