MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival Returns to The McPherson Opera House


McPherson, Kansas—MANHATTAN SHORT, a collection of short films from around the world, will be shown at the McPherson Opera House on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2021, at 7:00 pm. The nine films, from seven different countries, were selected from short film entries from 70 countries. Viewers in hundreds of cities around the world, including McPherson, will choose what they consider the best film and best actor. Votes are tallied with the winners announced at on Monday, November 2.

MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998 when Nicholas Mason projected 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, in New York City. A year later, the Festival moved uptown to Union Square Park in New York City. In the aftermath of 9/11, MANHATTAN SHORT transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival that in one week screens the same program of ten films in more than 400 cinemas on six continents, bringing together more 100,000 film-lovers and introducing them to the next generation of filmmakers.

“The Opera House has been screening the Manhattan Short film festival for the last 8 years, and it is extremely popular. People have come to rely on being able to see the festival here, and I’m glad this year we won’t disappoint,” said Opera House Executive Director, Diane Fallis. Adding, “the festival made appropriate changes to adjust to current circumstances. Instead of screening for its usual one-week only, it extended the festival to 5 weeks to allow theatres to accommodate more viewings with smaller audiences. The Opera House adjusted by offering two screenings instead of its usual one.”

The Opera House continues to take its usual measures of daily disinfecting. It requires face masks and social distancing in all areas of the building during public events. Fallis says, “This is our first public event in quite some time. We’re anxious to see our guests, but we want them to feel safe and comfortable. There will be plenty of room to spread out in the theatre, since there are a limited number of tickets available for each night. We hope folks, especially those movie lovers, will come out for a couple of hours to enjoy these special films.”

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door or online at More information about Manhattan Short and a trailer of this year’s films can be found at

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