Manhattan Short Film Festival 2020 (EN)

- for the 15th time in Kino Pod Baranami!

October 4th 2020, 8.00 p.m.
Kino Pod Baranami

Kino Pod Baranami presents Manhattan Short Film Festival for the 15th time! It is a unique, global film event that brings together viewers from all over the world. During the screening on the 4th of October, the audience gathered in Krakow's cinema will see a set of films nominated for the main award. After the screening - together with viewers from all over the world – they will choose the best film, giving it a chance to compete in the Oscar race.

Manhattan Short Film Festival is the only festival in the world that takes place simultaneously in over 400 cinemas on six continents, gathering hundreds of thousands of cinema lovers in almost all corners of the globe. This year, out of 971 submitted films, 9 titles were qualified for the festival finale.

During the screening on 4th of October, viewers in Kino Pod Baranami will get to know them and decide, together with cinema lovers from all over the world, which one of them deserves the main prize and a chance for an Oscar statuette.

Despite the general trend, Manhattan Short Film Festival will not be presented online. As director Nicholas Mason points out, Manhattan Short Film Festival is strictly a cinematic event: The films I remember best are those I saw in a cinema. Streaming the Manhattan Short Film Festival was never an option. While the numbers are sure to be down, you have to stay true to what you do. MANHATTAN SHORT is a cinematic experience.

Films presented during the festival prove that you don't need a full-length feature to tell a poignant story. Despite their short duration, films from Manhattan Short Film Festival do not shy away from difficult topics such as drug addiction (Exam), abandonment of animals (Hey, Gray), homophobia (Two Little Boys), corruption in the police (Safe Space) or the current situation of Palestinians (The Present). At the same time they offer irony, distance and a few laughs, for example by presenting a certain unusual concert (Maestro) or ridiculous bureaucratic absurdities (Sticker). Films shown during Manhattan Short Film Festival screening also do not hesitate to ask intriguing questions about raising children and teaching them responsibility (The Stick) or overcoming one’s shyness (White Eye).

All films will be presented in original language versions with English subtitles, without Polish translation.

More information about the festival:

International Facebook group dedicated to the festival:

The viewers participating in the screening will receive ballots with which they will be able to choose the BEST FILM and BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS. All votes will be forwarded to the festival organizers and the winners in both categories will be announced on November 1, 2020 at

24 PLN (regular)
17 PLN (discount)


duration: 136’ (including 7’ break)

(Sonia K. Hadad) IR 2019, 15’

A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

(Nikita Khozyainov) RU 2019, 13’

At death's door, a thriving businessman meets his old dog Grey, which he heartlessly threw out on the street many years ago.

(Florian Babikian, Victor Caire) FR 2019, 1’

A stick-wielding squirrel conducts a nocturnal chorus of opera-loving forest creatures.

(Jake Robb) Australia 2019, 5’

Two detectives craft an intricate interrogation technique to intimidate an apparent witness to police corruption.

(Georgi M. Unkovski) MK 2019, 18’

After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his automobile registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to be a responsible father.

(Farah Nabulsi) PS 2019, 24’

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy can it be to go shopping?

(Teppo Airaksinen) FI 2019, 11’

Aava has but one wish: to get a dog. Meanwhile, her parent's marriage is falling apart.

(Farbod Khoshtinat) US 2019, 13’

A boy's secret love for his closeted bully drives him into an unconventional road to confession and its consequences.

(Tomer Shushan) IL 2019, 20’

A man finds his stolen bicycle, but now it belongs to a stranger. How much of himself will he lose to get it back?



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