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Manhattan Short announced the Final Ten selections for the 25th Annual Short Film Festival, an event taking place in more than 400 venues across the world, between September 22 and October 2, 2022.
The Final Ten films will be screened across the world for one week, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by the audiences in each participating venue.
“By their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified,” stated the film festival.
800 short films were submitted from 70 different countries.
The Final Ten finalists come from 8 countries, namely Scotland, Chechia & Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland, France, the USA, and Lebanon with the short film Warsha.
Directed by Dania Bdeir, Warsha stars Mohammad Khansa in the role of a migrant worker who finds a safe space to express himself on top of one of Beirut’s tallest cranes.
The film was premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and has won 29 awards to date, including the Jury Prize for the Best International Fiction Short, the Best Short Film Ouray International Film Festival (OIFF), and the Best Film award at the Short OUT Festival.
The short film was also selected in more than 60 festivals, including SXSW, Rotterdam, and Palm Springs Shortfest, and has also received a pre-purchase broadcast deal with ARTE, one of Europe’s leading television channels.
Related: Meet The Acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian Filmmaker Dania Bdeir