Friday, September 23, 2022
to Sunday, September 25, 2022

Rogers Theater hosts the 25th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival September 23-25

MANHATTAN SHORT selected its final top ten films for its 25th Annual Short Film Festival, a worldwide event taking place in over 400 venues across six continents between September 22 and October 2, 2022. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Ten screen 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. 

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 Sep 23 to Sept 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 Oct 3, at 10AM EST.

The Rogers Theater has hosted this unique film festival for ten years and it continues to be a popular film festival.  “I think one of the reasons why so many of the audience participants continue to return year after year is because of these incredibly unique stories that are told by filmmakers from around the world with interesting perspectives that captivate a viewer.  It’s challenging to tell a story in a short film in less than thirty minutes and these films are vetted prior to distributing to theaters globally”.  Stated Anne Belanger, Program & Outreach Director.  “I’ve been working with Nicholas Mason, Founder of Manhattan Short for nearly ten years and every year we continue to be amazed by the quality of these films and the craftsmanship of these actors and filmmakers.  It’s a unique opportunity for the public to engage in a world-wide film screening where they get to vote for best actor and best film…that ultimately can qualify for an Oscar at the 2023 Academy Awards.  This year’s lineup of films are insightful, compelling, and even humorous.  It will leave an impression on all those who participate in the screenings”, she added.

The films will be screened at the Rogers Theater starting Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.  Friday and Saturday screenings are at 7:30 pm; and Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm.  The Manhattan Short Film Festival is open to the public with some adult subject matter.  A Freewill donation is suggested at the door.  

The historic Rogers Theater is located at 257 N. Third Street, Rogers City, MI  49779 in beautiful downtown Rogers City.