Manhattan Short Film Festival Coming to LBI Foundation on Friday

By Rick Mellerup | Sep 25, 2019

Loveladies —

The Manhattan Short Film Festival’s name is somewhat of a misnomer.

Established in 1998, the festival isn’t limited to Manhattan. Instead it screens the same 10 short films in almost 400 venues spanning six continents including all 50 U.S. states over the course of one week.

The week is here. One of the venues is the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies.

The Foundation will screen the films starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or at the door.

Some 1,250 submissions from 70 countries were received by the folks at the Manhattan Short Film Festival this year. Judges winnowed down the submissions to 10 finalists. Film lovers who attend one of the MSFF screenings, including the LBI Foundation’s, get the final say, selecting the winner – and first and second runners-up – as well as awarding best actor honors. The winners will be announced on on Oct. 7.

This year’s list of finalists are an eclectic bunch to be sure. For example:

Two football-mad young brothers find a donkey lost in the middle of the desert in Tunisia in the 17-minute “Nefta Football Club,” directed by Yves Piat of France. OK, a lost donkey is easy enough to imagine. But why is it wearing earphones?

“Debris,” directed by Julio Ramos, is a 14-minute American short. A disastrous accident at a construction site leads to a glimpse of the grim world of human labor trafficking.

Learning to drive can be a frightening experience for anyone. But in director Marziyeh Riahiu’s almost-13-minute “Driving Lessons” the situation is even more complicated for an Iranian woman. Local laws require her husband to accompany her on the road so she won’t be alone with her instructor and the two men do not get along.

“Tipped,” almost 14 minutes long, is a Canadian entry directed by Alysse Leite-Rogers. It should appeal to LBI’s restaurant employees because it tells the story of a waitress who reaches her tipping point with a table of difficult customers. She concocts a special dish of revenge, something any server in the world has probably dreamed of doing at one point or another.

“This Time Away” is a British entry, directed by Magali Barbe. An elderly man lives as a recluse, haunted by his past and the memory of the family he once had. Then a robot enters his life and disrupts his isolation in this 14-minute entry.

With so many various entries, it is almost guaranteed something will catch your attention.  —R.M.




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