Manhattan Short Film Festival 2020

Year: 2020
Country: USA, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Finland, Russia
Genre: short
Runtime: 140 min.
Age: 18+
SAFE SPACE
Directed by:
Jake Robb
Cast: Erick Mitsak, Gregory Caine, Mark Simmonds
Country: Australia
Time: 5:35
Synopsis: Two detectives craft an intricate interrogation technique to intimidate an apparent witness to police corruption.

THE PRESENT
Directed by:
Farah Nabulsi
Written by: Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Maryam Kanj
Country: Palestine
Time: 24:00
Synopsis: 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?

THE STICK
Directed by:
Teppo Airaksinen
Written by: Melli Maikkula
Cast: Juho Milonoff, Vilma Melasniemi, Elina Patrakka
Country: Finland
Time: 11:00
Synopsis: Aava has but one wish: to get a dog. Meanwhile, her parent's marriage is falling apart.

EXAM
Directed by:
Sonia K. Hadad
Written by: Sonia K. Hadad, Farnoosh Samadi
Cast: Elaheh Afshari, Sadaf Asgari, Masih Kazemi
Country: Iran
Time: 15:00
Synopsis: 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.

HEY, GRAY
Directed by:
Nikita Khozyainov
Written by: Olga Kostyanova, based on the story by Liya Timonina "Please forgive me, Dog"
Cast: Mikhail Sakulin, Artur Vakha, Ekaterina Kobba, Aleksey Toshchevikov
Country: Russia
Time: 13:50
Synopsis: At death's door, a thriving businessman meets his old dog Grey, which he heartlessly threw out on the street many years ago.

l WHITE EYE
Written & Directed by:
Tomer Shushan
Cast: Daniel Gad, Dawit Tekelaeb, Reut Akkerman, Amir Busheri, Muhammad Abu-Leil
Country: Israel
Time: 20:00
Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, but now it belongs to a stranger. How much of himself will he lose to get it back?

STICKER
Written & Directed by:
Georgi M Unkovski
Cast: Sasko Kocev, Xhevdet Jashari, Simeon Moni Damevski
Country: North Macedonia
Time: 18:45
Synopsis: After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his automobile registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to be a responsible father.

TWO LITTLE BOYS
Written & Directed by:
Farbod Khoshtinat
Cast: Trace Talbot, Asa Germann
Country: USA
Time: 13:12
Synopsis: A boy's secret love for his closeted bully drives him into an unconventional road to confession and its consequences.

MAESTRO
Animators:
Florian Babikian, Victor Caire
Country: France
Time: 1:40
Synopsis: A stick-wielding squirrel conducts a nocturnal chorus of opera-loving forest creatures.