Blissfield Library Hosts MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival October 3-5

Screenings Include Food, Prize Opportunities, and Audience Voting for Best Film, Actor

BLISSFIELD, MI: Filmgoers in Blissfield will unite with audiences in over 400 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, 407 South Lane Street, Blissfield, MI with screenings at 7 pm each evening from Thursday, October 3, to Saturday, October 5, and a matinee screening at 3 pm on October 5, 2019. The event, like all library programs, is free and open to the public.


Blissfield audiences have the added attraction of free popcorn from Minnie's Retro Candy Shoppe and oddly-appealing library punch at each screening. Free pizza from Lena's Pizza & Italian Restaurant will be available at 7 pm on Thursday, October 3 and Saturday, October 5, and free hot dogs from Pumpernickels will be served at 7 pm on Friday, October 4, and at 3 pm on Saturday, October 5. Each screening will present the same two-and-a-half-hour program (including an intermission) of short films.  Some films may contain mature content.

See the trailer here:
A list of the films with brief descriptions:


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 seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Finland, and Germany alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom.  These Final Ten films represent the best short films among 1,250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.


MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by women, including one from Iran. This year’s Final Ten represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas, spine-tingling suspense, and hilarious comedies, as well as genre surprises like a pair of science fiction films and one that focuses on tennis. “A narrative short film on sports is as rare as a centaur sighting,” notes Pia Andell, director of The Match.


The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

Nefta Football Club (France), Debris (USA), Driving Lessons (Iran), Tipped (Canada), Sylvia (UK), The Match (Finland), This Time Away (UK), Malou (Germany), A Family Affair (UK) At The End of the World (USA).


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 upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best 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 7, at 10AM EST.

MANHATTAN SHORT's international appeal is among its biggest attributes. I started the MANHATTAN SHORT film festival 22 years ago when I mounted a screen to the side of a truck in Mulberry Street in Little Italy in New York City to a crowd of just over 200 people. This year, there will be over 100,000 film lovers gathered in over 400 venues across six continents for the same event. Looking back, what fascinates me most is the MANHATTAN SHORT was never once reliant on celebrities or corporate branding to exist. MANHATTAN SHORT is a “no logo” experience: it always has been about great films, a great concept, great venues and an appreciative audience. It is that combination that makes MANHATTAN SHORT one of the largest short film festivals in the world today.  I’m so proud to be part of it because it is the public who have created it,” says Founding Director Nicholas Mason. 


The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library currently holds over 30,000 volumes, subscribes to 60 circulating magazines, actively pursues local history materials, maintains ten public-access computers, and provides free wireless internet.  The village library serves the townships of Blissfield, Ogden, Palmyra and Riga by contract and offers, in addition to Art at Your Feet, the Taste the State program series, evening programming for adults, film programs, youth programs, inter-library loan and reference assistance, as well as copy and fax services for a small fee.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  The library makes non-profit banquet and meeting space available for rent.  Donations to the library are tax-deductible and help the library better serve the community.