LBI Foundation Hosting Manhattan Short Film Festival on Friday

Oct 04, 2017
"Do No Harm" (New Zealand)

The LBIF will host the MSFF once again, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.

Many Southern Ocean County residents know the LBIF is the Long Beach Island Foundation (of the Arts and Sciences). They may be less familiar, however, with the MSFF.

It is the Manhattan Short Film Festival, now in its 20th season. It is a rather unique, weeklong film festival, screening 10 short films in over 250 cities across six continents between Sept. 28 and Oct. 8. Interestingly, 11 sites can be found in the Garden State.

The 10 are the cream of a crop of a record 1,615 submissions from 75 countries. The geographically challenged may need a globe to find Syria, Latvia and Georgia (not the U.S. state), three countries that are being represented for the first time in the “Top 10.”

 Attendees will be given a ballot allowing them to vote in the Best Film and Best Actor categories. You be the judge!

The range of genres is almost as extraordinary as the range of countries, with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts all being represented. All of the films being shown will become Oscar qualified, meaning they will become automatically eligible for Academy Award nomination.

A drum roll please, because here is the list of the “Top 10:”

“Do No Harm” (New Zealand), “Behind” (Spain), “Fickle Bickle” (USA), “Hope Dies Last” (United Kingdom), “Perfect Day” (Spain), “Just Go!” (Latvia), “Mare Nostrum” (Syria), “Viola, France” (Italy), “In a Nutshell” (Netherlands) and “8 Minutes” (Georgia). For more information about the festival and the films and to see interviews with the directors, visit the festival’s website at

Tickets are $10 and may only be purchased at the door.  —R.M.


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