Join Loutit District Library and Central Park Place for one of our many screenings of the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Screenings will be 2.5 hours, including a brief intermission.

Free popcorn! Registration is encouraged.
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Discover your inner film critic by casting your vote for Best Film and Best Actor in the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. You’ll join film lovers in over 500 venues across the globe gathering to see the Ten Finalists in this year’s event. With past finalists garnering Oscar nominations and short films continuing to move into the Hollywood mainstream, come see this entertaining program featuring the best short films in the world today! Ballots supplied upon entry.

The Ten MANHATTAN SHORT Finalists hail from eight countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada alongside three films from the USA.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

Sunless (USA), Voice Activated (Australia), Yellow (Afghanistan), Tuulikki (Finland), The Family Circus (USA), Career Day (USA), Snail (Iran), The Record (Switzerland), The Stupid Boy (UK), Soliel Du Nuit (Canada).

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from Sept 22 to Sept 28.

Learn more about the 2023 Final Ten here:

2023 Show Times

Choose the time & date that works best for you by clicking below! Each screening will show all Ten Finalists for the 2023 festival.

Encounter the Arts

Saturday, October 7 | 2:00-5:00 PM

Central Park Place is home to Encounter the Arts, a free annual event that began in 2022 to celebrate Grand Haven’s vibrant arts community through family-friendly workshops and performances. At the event, local artists lead various classes and demonstrations for people of all ages. Encounter the Arts is an open house-style event, so everyone in the community can come and go as they please!

This year, Central Park Place is partnering with Loutit Library to bring the Manhattan Short Film Festival to Encounter the Arts as a special event finale starting with a cocktail hour reception at 5 PM and the film festival at 6 PM!

Learn more about Encounter the Arts:

Let’s rewind!

Can’t wait for the 2023 festival? Join us for reruns of previous MANHATTAN SHORT finalists!

Different films at every showing, same free popcorn.
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