Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to Oklahoma City Museum of Art

In “The Stick,” an unrelenting little girl pursues her dream of dog ownership even as her parents’ marriage crumbles around her. The Finnish short film is part of the 2020 Manhattan Short Film Festival. [Photo provided]

Movie lovers in Oklahoma City will join more than 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world Friday through Oct. 4 when the 23rd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival – which bills itself as “The World’s First Global Film Festival” – screens in the Noble Theater at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

“Each year, we look forward to the Manhattan Short Film Festival,” said Lisa Broad, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s head of film programming and theatrical operations, in a statement. “That’s not only for the quality of the program but for the communal aspect of voting alongside your fellow filmgoers for your favorites. There is nothing quite like sitting in our new theater seats and taking part in this global experience.”

As previously reported, the museum theater is taking many COVID-19 precautions. Strict health and safety measures are in place to ensure every screening meets the highest recommendations from state and public health officials. Masks are required for the entirety of the screening, and available rows and seats are indicated to ensure social distancing. The theater is operating at 25% of regular capacity, so reserving tickets online in advance is recommended. 

For this year’s Manhattan Short Film Festival, nine finalists were chosen from 971 entries from 54 countries. The Final Nine Manhattan Short selections hail from nine countries: Australia, Finland, France, Iran, Israel, North Macedonia, Russia, State of Palestine and the United States, according to a news release. 

The Final Nine screen simultaneously across the world during a one-month period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue.

The Manhattan Short Final Nine are (in order of appearance): 

“Safe Space” (Australia): Two veteran detectives craft an intricate interrogation technique to intimidate an apparent witness to police corruption.


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