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MANHATTAN SHORT opens in Philadelphia, PA with a reception marking The Madlab Post's studio Anniversary at the BOK Building

You Be the Judge! Will MANHATTAN SHORT audiences select any Oscar winners this year? Come join us to watch ten captivating short films eligible for an Academy Award nomination as filmgoers in Philadelphia unite with over 100,000 film-lovers in more than 350 cities spanning six continents when the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Madlab Post at Bok on Thursday, September 26 - Sunday, October 6, 2019.

MANHATTAN SHORT showing in Philadelphia features 'A Family Affair' directed by Florence Keith-Roach. When Annabelle wakes up in a stranger's bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in... Every audience member will be given a ballot to vote for the best short films and actor at the conclusion of each showing. The directors and actors eagerly await your decision.
MANHATTAN SHORT is an instantaneous celebration of short films that occurs simultaneously across the globe, screening in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, Cape Town, to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond. It continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by women. This year’s lineup also represents 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.

The Philadelphia, PA screenings for this global festival begins at 6:30PM on Thursday, September 26 with a reception marking the 2-Year Anniversary of The Madlab Post’s studio opening at the Bok Building. Daily showtimes follow through 4:00PM on Sunday, October 6
Screening passes are now available for the MANHATTAN SHORT Philadelphia showtimes:
*Seating is limited and first come, first serve. All showings feature the same program of films each day.Click on the showtime you want to attend and reserve a ticket.

Thursday, September 26 - 6:30PM (Opening Night reception + film screening)
Friday, September 27 - 2:00PM (Afternoon Show)
Saturday, September 28 - 1:00PM (Afternoon Show) | 6:30PM (Evening Show)
Sunday, September 29 - 4:00PM (Afternoon Show)
Monday, September 30 - 2:00PM (Afternoon Show)

Tuesday, October 1 - 2:00PM (Afternoon Show)
Wednesday, October 2 - 2:00PM (Afternoon Show)
Thursday, October 3 - 2:00PM (Afternoon Show)
Friday, October 4 - 2:00PM (Afternoon Show)
Saturday, October 5 - 1:00PM (Afternoon Show) | 6:30PM (Evening Show)
Sunday, October 6 - 4:00PM (Closing Night toast + film screening)

As a MANHATTAN SHORT screening partner, The Madlab Post loves nothing more than seeing a film our audience voted for at the Academy Awards. Once a nominee is announced, The Madlab Post and loyal audiences around the globe champion those films and filmmakers through digital media all the way to the podium!

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Announcing the Short Film Slam Finalist for Round II

From a friendship on the brink of collapse when one man kidnaps the object of his roommate’s affection, to a mother’s sinister tale about her child’s late-night penchant for ice cream, Round II of the 2018 Short Film Slam delivered plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.

A big thank you goes out to the filmmakers, The Sci Fi Center, Madlab Film Club members, and everyone who participated in the Short Film Slam: Round II. Our audience, which included staff from other film festivals, voted on each film using a scale of 1 through 5. The Finalist was chosen based on the total points the film received from all votes.

Congratulations to Tanya Huston, whose comedy film Reality Check is the Winner for Round II and will advance to the next round as a Finalist nominated for the Best Short Film Award. Her film also received the most votes of any title in the Wild Card category and is crowned the Movie of the Month. Runner ups to the Finalist include Saman Hosseinpuor’s family drama The Last Embrace and Harrison Trigg’s romantic drama Reservation for Two. Runner up for Movie of the Month is Tyler Yarbro’s comedy A Christmas Dinner.

Here are all the Short Film Slam: Round II films and their rankings.


Announcing the Short Film Slam Finalist - Round 1

Kicking off the Short Film Slam at the Sci Fi Center On behalf of participating filmmakers, audiences, venues and as writer/editor at The Madlab Post, I am happy to present the Finalist and Movie of the Month for Round 1 of the 2018 Short Film Slam.


Finalists advance to the next round of competition and are eligible to compete for the BEST SHORT FILM Award in the final round, with a total prize of $1,000.

Filmmakers whose works are chosen as Movie of the Month win one of several non-cash prizes like the filmmaking publication of their choice, marketing support, or a subscription to Vimeo Plus.

Before announcing the Round 1 Finalist, I would like to thank The Sci Fi Center for a fun Kickoff screening in Las Vegas! I met some cool people there who were glad to discuss their favorites among this ecletic lineup of short films, including rare titles.


'My Bedroom' Director Samantha Tan at the Short Film Slam.I would also like to thank Temple University student Samantha Tan for an enlightening Q&A session at the screening in Philly; where she gave audiences further insight into the motivations behind making her experimental horror film My Bedroom


Now let's take a look at the nominees for Round 1 Finalist & Movie of the Month....
Straight out of The International Film School of Paris, Temple University and Montgomery Blair High School, the nominees among STUDENT films are Blessed Days directed by Valentina Casadei, My Bedroom directed by Samantha Tan, and The Fabric of America directed by Alyssa Berrios and Ghandi Bridage Youth Media.


'Blessed Days' Directed by Valentina CasadeiIn the short drama Blessed Days, An unexpected dream brings an 85-year-old lady to relive the last moments of life at an art museum with her deceased husband.


'My Bedroom' Directed by Samantha Tan


In the exprimental horror film My Bedroom, A young girl named Emily wakes up in the middle of the night because of the noises in her bedroom.


'The Fabric of America' produced by Ghandi Bridage Youth Media

In the short documentary film The Fabric of America, A high school student explores the direct influence and impact that our immigration system has in Montgomery County, Maryland.



Hailing from Lativa and Australia, the nominees among INTERNATIONAL films are Just Go! directed by Pavel Gumennikov, Big City directed by Jordan Bond, and The Morning After directed by Leanne Mangan.


'Just Go!' Directed by Pavel GumennikovIn the Action/Drama Just Go! (inspired by an incredible true story), a young man who lost both his legs in a childhood accident comes to the rescue of the girl he loves when she is victimized by villains.


'Big City' Directed by Jordan Bond


In the short drama film Big City, a lonely taxi driver is befriended by a passenger who tries to coax him out of his shell.



'The Morning After' Directed by Leanne ManganIn the short drama film The Morning After, A backpacker wakes up in a rice paddy field in Cambodia with no knowledge of how he got there, what happened the night before, or where his girlfriend is. 



Representing the states of Colorado and California, the nominees among films MADE IN AMERICA are Colorado Counties: A Journey in Watercolor directed by Ronnie Cramer and Grant Me Hope in 5 Minutes directed by Sherry Wang.


'Colorado Counties: A Journey in Watercolor' Directed by Ronnie Cramer


In the documentary Colorado Counties: A Journey in Watercolor, a man travels by foot, Jeep and a Harley-Davidson to paint scenes in all 64 counties in Colorado.




'Grant Me Hope in 5 Minutes' Directed by Sherry WangIn the Sci-Fi/Action short Grant Me Hope in 5 Minutes, a good robot goes to battle with an evil robot, to protect an Alien princess.


Coming from Spain alongside a Chicago-bred filmmaker who moved to China, the nominees in the WILD CARD category are SAVE directed by Iván Sáinz-Pardo and What I Hate about Myself directed by Ben Mullenkinson and Bobby Moser.


'Save' Directed by Iván Sáinz-PardoIn the horror film SAVE, A baby breaks the silence between an estranged couple.


'What I Hate about Myself' Directed by Ben Mullenkinson and Bobby MoserIn the documentary film What I Hate about Myself, An 18-year-old Chinese girl enters a televised competition for free plastic surgery, in an effort to look more "Western."


Now it is the time to first announce the Runner Up: 
With a total score of 39pts based on audience votes, the Runner Up for Round 1 Finalist is Blessed Days (dir. Valentina Casadei).


ALSO With a total score of 39pts based on audience votes, the Runner Up for Movie of the Month is What I Hate about Myself (dir. Ben Mullenkinson & Bobby Moser)


I also want to take this time to give a special shout out to Jordan Bond, whose film Big City received 38 points and was just one point away from becoming a Runner Up for the Best Short Film Finalist in the first round.


And now, the moment we've all been waiting for...

With a total score of 44 points in Round 1 of the 2018 Short Film Slam, the Finalist is Just Go! (dir. Pavel Gummenikov). With the most points overall based on audience votes, Just Go! is also the Movie of the Month winner and recipient of a one year subscription to Vimeo Plus or an alternative non-cash prize of the filmmaker's choice. As a Finalist, Just Go! will advance to the next round (.i.e. Final Round) of competition where it will compete for the BEST SHORT FILM Award. That officially marks the end of the first round.


Most of the remaining nominated films will now move to the Wild Card category, where they will be eligible to also compete for a prize in the final round.  


Thank you to all of the audience members who voted on each film in Round 1. Also thank you to the filmmakers for being a part of the 2018 Short FIlm Slam. I look forward to a fun year in short films as we continue to learn how audiences respond to your work. And thank you to everyone around the world who appreciates and supports the art of short films as well as the people who make them. Round 2 is currently underway, complete with thrills, chills and ice cream.

Stay tuned to learn about where and how you can watch these films and vote for your favorites!