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The Manhattan Short Film Festival Winners for 2022 Have Been Announced

From September 22nd to October 2nd, 2022, over 100,000 film lovers in over 500 cities across six continents gathered in cinemas, museums, universities and, of course, libraries, to view and vote on the finalists’ films in the 25th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival! This festival does not travel, but was instead experienced simultaneously around the world. After each screening, viewers voted for their favorite film and actor. The worldwide tallies have been counted, and the winners have now been announced. Click here for the full list of film finalists for 2022!

Here are the winners according to how FTPL patrons voted:


First Place: The Treatment

Second Place: Freedom Swimmer

Third Place (Tie): Don Vs Lightning

Third Place (Tie): Freefall


First Place: Elina Patrakka (The Blanket)

Second Place: Peter Mullen (Don vs Lightning)

Third Place: Abraham Lewis (Freefall)

After the final worldwide tally, the winners for best movie are:

Gold Medal: The Treatment

Directed by: Alvaro Carmona

Cast: David Ramírez, Carla Torres, Álvaro Carmona

Country: Spain

Time: 9:00

Synopsis: A clinic offers bald men a full-proof way to restore hair…as long as you’re okay with one controversial but related side effect.

Silver Medal: Freefall

Directed by: Emmanuel Tenenbaum

Cast: Abraham Lewis, Vincent Regan, Packy Lee, Bally Gill

Country: France

Time: 19:28

Synopsis: A London stockbroker with a bad track record makes the bet of his life when New York’s World Trade Center is attacked on 9/11. Inspired by a true story.

Bronze Medal: Freedom Swimmer

Directed by: Olivia Martin McGuire

Cast: Anonymous

Country: Australia & France

Time: 15:00

Synopsis: A man’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong parallels his granddaughter’s desire for freedom beyond a city once viewed as a refuge.

After the final worldwide tally, the winner for best actor is:

Gold Medal: Elina Petrakka (The Blanket)

Directed by: Teppo Airaksinen

Cast: Elina Patrakka, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Elina Keinonen

Country: Finland

Time: 14:57

Synopsis: Winter, 1939 Finland. A 10-year-old girl is sent to fetch milk for her baby brother. There are hazards more dangerous than thin ice.

We hope you enjoyed the festival if you attended!

Thanks for reading,
George, FTPL

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