Public Theatre hosting Manhattan Short Film Fest


LEWISTON — For one weekend only, filmgoers in Lewiston will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world.

The 20th annual Manhattan Short film festival will be held at The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29, 30, and 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1.

Two of the top vote-getters from past festivals have become Oscar nominees, and in 2015 “Bear Story” from Chile went on to win the famous statue in the “Best Animated Short category.

Selected from 1,615 entries from 75 countries, the 10 films chosen represent the U.S., Georgia, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Syria and the United Kingdom. In addition, all 10 are Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be posted on on Monday, Oct. 9.

The Manhattan Short unfolds simultaneously in cinemas around the world, bringing over 100,000 film lovers across six continents together for one week, to view the work of the next generation of filmmakers.

Tickets, $8 for adults and students, can be purchased online at or by calling 782-3200.