Manhattan Short Film Festival

Friday, September 23 - 7:30 PM

On sale schedule:
Paramount Star Circle+ Members – Friday, August 26 at 10AM
Paramount Members+ – Monday, August 29 at 10AM
General public – Wednesday, August 31 at 10AM

Wearing a mask while inside the Theater is optional.

You Be the Judge!

Manhattan Short is a celebration of short films and was established in 1998 on the streets of New York City. Today, it has transformed into a worldwide phenomenon as it screens 10 compelling shorts in 500+ cinemas simultaneously during the week of September 22 to October 2, 2022. Manhattan Short doesn’t have judges award the short films. Instead, they allow the audience (i.e. You) to be the judge. The audience votes for their choice of Best Film and Best Actor. Then on the last day of the festival, the short films with the most votes are announced as the winners. Manhattan Short is for film lovers who want to experience unique and riveting stories from all around the world.

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 as 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 Peyton List and Scotsman Peter Mullan, himself a prize-winning director, appearing in unexpected, talent-stretching roles.





Directed by: Big Red Button
Country: Scotland
Synopsis: Don desires a quiet, rural life in the rural Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately, the Universe has more electrifying plans in store for him.


Directed by: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Country: Czech Republic and Slovakia
Synopsis: A woman rediscovers letters her father wrote to her from prison. She then decides to write to him, putting on paper what couldn’t be said.


Directed by: Charlie Schwan
Country: USA
Synopsis: When a gruesome accident makes a messy break up even messier, a couple decides to set aside their differences in order to save themselves.


Directed by: Alvaro Carmona
Country: Spain
Synopsis: A clinic offers bald men a full-proof way to restore hair…as long as you’re okay with one controversial but related side effect.


Directed by: Emmanuel Tenenbaum
Country: France
Synopsis: A London stockbroker with a bad track record makes the bet of his life when New York’s World Trade Center is attacked on 9/11. Inspired by a true story.


Directed by: Rhian Williams
Country: USA
Synopsis: An Asian American woman’s one night stand takes an unsexy turn when her breakfast the morning after comes with a side of fetishism.


Directed by: Olivia Martin McGuire
Country: Australia & France
Synopsis: A man’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong parallels his granddaughter’s desire for freedom beyond a city once viewed as a refuge.


Directed by: Teppo Airaksinen
Country: Finland
Synopsis: Winter, 1939 Finland. A 10-year-old girl is sent to fetch milk for her baby brother. There are hazards more dangerous than thin ice.


Directed by: Dania Bdair
Country: France & Lebanon
Synopsis: A Beirut construction worker volunteers for the most dangerous job on the site. Away from everyone’s eyes, a secret passion takes flight.


Directed by: Laurenzo Massoni
Country: France
Synopsis: The owner of a logging camp suddenly finds herself stuck up a tree without a ladder and no signal on her mobile phone. The only way out is up.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! The Paramount Theater is pleased to bring diverse programming to the stage and screen. The Theater does not provide advisories about subject matter for events, as sensitivities vary. Not all events may appeal to, or be appropriate for, every person. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows offered in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.

In addition to show synopses, trailers, and reviews on our web events, other resources about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense MediaIMDb, and as well as through general internet searches. For further questions, please contact the Box Office at 434.979.1333 or at, 10AM-2PM Monday-Friday + 1 hour before events.


215 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Event Type


The Paramount Theater

Date / Time

Friday, September 23, 2022
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Paramount Theater Box Office
(434) 979-1333
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