2017-2018 Sandy Spring Film Series…An engaging and entertaining community film series that ignites conversation and inspires creative thinking.
Friday, Oct. 6
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues, like the Sandy Spring Museum, and allowing the audiences to select their favorites.
If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform — one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond.
Finalists will be part of the MANHATTTAN SHORT Oscar Qualifying Run. This means all selected films will screen for a full week at a cinema in the county of Los Angeles. This run qualifies every film selected in MANHATTAN SHORT for the Oscars.
Many past Finalists from MANHATTAN SHORT have been nominated for an Oscar (SHOK and Bear Story from 2015, to name just two).
Our audiences and cinemas love nothing more than seeing a film they voted for at MANHATTAN SHORT at the Oscars.
Sept 5, 2017:
Record Number of Entries:
The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from nine countries with films from Syria, Latvia and Georgia representing their respective countries for the first time in this event. Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections.
These Final 10 short films represent the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s Final 10 represent an extraordinary range of film genres with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts short films all part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.
Click on films to see interviews with directors, film stills and synopsis of films.
The Final 10 are:
Do No Harm (New Zealand)
Fickle Bickle (USA)
Hope Dies Last (United Kingdom)
The Perfect Day (Spain)
Just Go! (Latvia)
Mare Nostrum (Syria)
Viola, Franca (Italy)
In a Nutshell (Netherlands)
8 Minutes (Georgia)
“It’s the Public that Creates Stars”
MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998, when Mason screened 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy New York City. A year later the Festival moved uptown to Union Square Park in New York City. MANHATTAN SHORT transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers in all corners of the globe together for one week, via the next generation of filmmakers.
Thursday, Oct. 19
El Boxeo tells the dramatic and timely story of the emergence and dominance of Latinos in what was once considered the traditional all-white sport of boxing.
The film illustrates the evolution of the sport as Latino fighters exploded onto the scene. And, reveals how these immigrant pugilists redefined the world of boxing and established the west coast as the new mecca in the sport.
El Boxeo is as much a film about Latinos in boxing as it is about the immigrant stories that reshaped the sport.
Community Stories Festival (Docs In Progress)
Sunday, November 19
Docs In Progress is proud to be based in diverse, vibrant, and historic Montgomery County, Maryland just outside Washington DC. We also believe in the power of documentary to bring community together.
Our annual Community Stories Festival highlights the stories of people, places, and events from our local community. The festival is open to the public and gives local residents a chance to learn more about their communities and meet both the filmmakers and people featured in the films.
The festival features films made by professional filmmakers in our community which spotlight local stories, as well as works produced by adults and youth in our our production classes and camps.
To allow these first-time filmmakers to focus on learning effective storytelling and the technical aspects of using a camera and editing equipment, we identify local individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits for the students to profile in short videos.
Thursday, January 11
GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit.
Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup.
Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.
The Eagle Huntress
Thursday, January 25
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.
While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan’s father, Nurgaiv, believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined.
The Eagle Huntress Trailer on YouTube
Thursday, February 8
Filmmaker Thomas Balmès criss-crosses the globe to observe and record the first two years in the lives of four infants and their families.
Ponijao is the youngest of nine children and lives in a village in Namibia.
Bayarjargal’s family lives in Mongolia.
Hattie is a San Francisco couple’s first child.
Mari is the first child of a couple living in Tokyo.
Babies trailer on YouTube
Thursday, February 22
Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.
Featured is entomologist, Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread throughout Hometown Habitat.
The message: each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth.
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