Manhattan Short 2022 Winners Announced

Gold medal goes to The Treatment about a clinic offering bald men a fool-proof way to restore hair, as long as they’re okay with one controversial side effect. Written and directed by Alvaro Carmona (Spain), this light comedy resonated with viewers around the world.

Silver medal goes to Freefall, directed by Emmanuel Tenenbaum of France. This dramatic tale about a London stockbroker with a bad track record who makes the bet of his life when New York’s World Trade Center is attacked on 9/11 is inspired by a true story.

Bronze medal goes to Freedom Swimmer, an innovative animated documentary about a perilous swim from China to Hong Kong that echoes into the present. Freedom Swimmer is directed by Olivia Martin McGuire of Australia.

Best Actor Award goes to second-time nominee Elina Patrakka for her standout performance in The Blanket. This is Elina Patrakka’s second appearance in Manhattan Short, having starred in the 2020 short film The Stick.

Manhattan Short medal winners are selected by voters attending the festival in cinemas around the world. The global audience has voted. Congratulations to all the 2022 winners!

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