SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township Public Library (FTPL) joins with venues worldwide to present the MANHATTAN SHORT film festival on September 28, October 4 and 5, 2018. The MANHATTAN SHORT film festival is now in its 21st year.  The festival will screen the nine best short films from among the 1565 submissions from 73 countries.    

FTPL will hold three FREE screenings, on Friday, September 28 at 6:45 pm, Thursday, October 4 at 6:45 pm and on Friday October 5 at 2:00 pm.  Attendees will view nine short films before voting for the best film and best actor at the conclusion of the program.

The nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These final nine short films represent the best shorts from among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT in 2018, a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films.

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This year's finalists bring together an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 11 epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a dark comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT 2018 program.

View a preview trailer of the nine finalists at the library’s website,, or find interviews with the film directors at the festival’s website,