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Short and smart: great films from the Manhattan Short Film Festival in Mumbai

education Updated: Sep 27, 2016 17:20 IST
Shrishaila Bhandary

The Manhattan Short Film Festival has a Mumbai connection. For the last seven years, top films from the iconic New York cinema event have been screened especially for local audiences. The festival, which started in 1998, when Nicholas Mason projected 16 short films against the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, New York City, has grown to be a must-see for movie buffs the world over.

As always, viewers can vote for their favourites among the films that make it to the global top 10. See what made the cut this year as the films are screened at G5A, a new venue in the Shakti Mills Lane in Mahalaxmi, on Tuesday September 27 at 6pm. Three shorts from India are also going to the festival – don’t forget to show them some love.

The Tunnel (Norway)

Andre Ovredal’s 12-minute film puts a family in a tunnel, trying to get through traffic and other far too real horrors.

The Tunnel / Tunnelen - Trailer from Eldorado Film on Vimeo.Bravoman (Russia)

Andrey is paid to rouse theatre audiences from their seats, a job that turns him into a cynic until he meets a woman whose appreciation of the stage brings her to tears. An 18-minute look at the drama of life.

Kaputt (Germany)

Director Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl create an animated documentary about Hoheneck, the central prison for women in former East Germany.

Kaputt / Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck (Trailer subtitled) from Drushba Pankow on Vimeo.

Ella Gets a Promotion (USA)

Ella, a talented and loyal employee, finally gets a promotion, but does she truly deserve it? Director Richard Diaz & Mike Pusateri tell the tale of corporate America in 9 minutes.

Hold On (The Netherlands)

What would you do if your instrument breaks in the middle of a performance? Director Charlotte Scott-Wilson from Netherlands will change your way of thinking.

Overtime (Australia)

Director Craig D. Foster interprets what happens when a werewolf is made to work overtime. A nine minute film.

Overtime - Official Trailer from Craig D. Foster on Vimeo.

Carousel (UK)

A man doles out a torrent of accumulated wisdom to a teen, of course with unexpected results. Director Kal Weber 6-minute work is surprising.

Director Romain Quirot tale of mankind’s only hope of salvation, enigmatic Paul WR. But where is he? A 12-minute thriller.


Director Tibo Pinsard produces a 14-minute film in which Henry Corso performs as a costumed gorilla in horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle. But scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky.

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I am a Pencil ( Australia)

Freedom of expression is the star of director Joe D’Arcy’s film, inspired by those who marched in protest on January 11, 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France. A 5-minute film.

Aglibaar (India)

A story about slum-dwellers who have managed to stall the illegal demolition of their shanties. Tomorrow, they must take their non-violent fight for justice to the high court, a 6-minute story directed by Devashish Makhija.

Broken Image (India)

Arvind VK directs the story of a photojournalist faced with reporting a tragedy. Will he stop shooting or stop the violence before him? A thrilling 17 minute drama with lots of suspense.

Taandav (India)

Tambe, a policeman on duty on Ganesh Visarjan is too stressed to be of help to devotees. How does that stress release itself? In the form of a tandav. An 11-minute film by Devashish Makhija, starring Manoj Bajpai.