Short films are here to stay and no other platform in recent times exemplifies this better than the very successful and popular Manhattan Short Film Festival. Returning with its India chapter – VOTE FOR INDIA @ Manhattan Short – for the seventh consecutive year, the festival is currently in its 19th edition in its global avatar. Started by Nicholas Mason in 1998 when he projected 16 shorts against the side of a truck on Mulberry street in New York City, in its lifetime, Manhattan Short has consistently expanded its footprint across the globe year on year. Box Office India is on board the festival for the seventh consecutive year as the official Print Partner.
This year onwards, the India chapter shall be presented by Pocket Films, the No. 1 distributor of short films in India. Pocket Films’ Saameer Mody, takes over as the Festival Director for the India chapter from Anil Sadarangani, under whom Manhattan Short has made its presence felt in India. According to Mody, the VOTE FOR INDIA initiative was again well received, with the festival having received hundreds of entries. “The jury comprising of Uma DaCunha, Sudhir Mishra and Nagesh Kukunoor chose the top three winning films as: Aglibaar and Taandav (both directed by Devashish Makhija with Taandav starring Manoj Bajpai) and Broken Image by Arvind V.K. This year has been exciting and we are happy to share that this year the screening will be held at the buzzing G5A Centre for Contemporary Culture,” informs Mody, adding, “The idea behind VOTE FOR INDIA initiative is to get an Indian film to win the festival on the global level. Short films are big right now. India has a huge pool of talent and the market is expanding. VOTE FOR INDIA @Manhattan Short aims to give Indian filmmakers a global platform to showcase their talent. With this aim, this year we are offering the winner of Vote for India a production grant to produce his next short film.” Sudhir Mishra says, “Manhattan Short is a unique and democratic short film festival where the winning film is one which has struck a chord with global audiences. I appreciate Pocket Films’ vision to see an Indian short film in the global top 10 of this festival and hence happy to associate as jury.” Nagesh Kukunoor says, “I have been associated with Pocket Films initiatives since their activities are always focused on the creator and providing opportunities for them. Manhattan Short India will be exposing Indian short film makers to some amazing short films and inspiring them to create content which can be appreciated all around the world.”
The last time an Indian won the Manhattan Short global top prize was in 2004, when Ashvin Kumar’s Little Terrorist was awarded the top prize by the festival and its jury audience and then went on to be nominated at the Oscar awards in 2005. Last year, Manhattan Short’s top winner Bear Story, an animation film, went on to win an Oscar while Shok was nominated in the live action category.
This year’s films on the global finalist list include many films that have already been making waves on the global film festival circuit and have travelled to festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and others. For detailed synopses of each of the finalist films being screened at the festival this year log onto
As always, the audience votes the winners! Don’t miss Manhattan Short India happening Tuesday September 27th, 6pm at G5A.