One World, One Week, One Festival: Manhattan Film Festival, Los Angeles Screening Event

On Sunday, September 26th, the New Media Film Festival will be hosting the Manhattan Short Film Festival and will be live streaming from the red carpet on the Mingle Media TV website and on our streaming partner, during this global event. There’s a lot of buzz building around the Manhattan Film Festival as it is being held in 230 locations for 7 days around the world and Los Angeles is the first city to kick it off.

The New Media Film Festival is proud to be the Los Angeles sponsor of this event in conjunction with KessPro Studios and Showbiz Store and Café. (more info

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Manhattan Short Film Festival - Los Angeles Screening

The full details on the 10 finalists are listed here:

The UK, Watching
Croatia, Party,
Ireland, The Pool
Mexico, Underground
France, Madagascar
Australia, Push Bike
Canada, A Little Inconvenience
Poland, Echo
Germany, 12 years
Italy, War

The Manhattan Short Film Festival’s mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. One World One Week One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festivals Logo and it is this mantra that sets us apart from any other film event of the year.

NOTE: MANHATTAN SHORT is NOT an ONLINE Film Festival. Films are distributed to our individual partnering cinemas throughout the world. MANHATTAN SHORT is not a Touring or traveling Film Festival…it is the world’s first Global Film Festival, taking place in over 200 cities across 6 continents during one week.

Here’s more info and how to get tickets:

We will be also be screening a short film by Alex Ferrari, Red Princess Blues, which is a bonus as this filmmaker launched their short film as an iPad/iPhone app and is getting a lot of visibility for his work and this medium.

Los Angeles Screening of the Manhattan Short Film Festival
Location:Kess Pro Studios, Los Angeles
Time:7:00PM Sunday, Sept 26th

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Red Carpet starts at 7 PM PST and screening of the 10 short films start at 8 PM PST.

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Please contact Susan Johnston to be added to the talent list / tickets for the event.

Can’t make it?? You can watch “Live from the Manhattan Short Film Festival” live Sunday, September 26th starting at 6:30 PM PST for behind the scenes and then live on the Red Carpet at the Festival at 7 PM PST at

Tyler Collins at AOFFest Fundraiser for Andy Swan, Screening of Swan

July 24th 2010: At the Action On Film International Film Festival VI, AREA 9 Productions will present ?SWAN,? a charity event to benefit the Lung Cancer Foundation Of America. The event was hosted by Executive Producer Ed Bernero and the cast of the popular CBS television show, ?CRIMINAL MINDS? in Pasadena. In attendance, supporting Andy Swan and his family were Shemar Moore, Ed Bernero, and Kirsten Vangsness from Criminal Minds, Al and Zadrina Eisenmann from Area 9 Productions and more. In February 2010, just as his career was beginning to take off, 34-year-old writer/director Andy Swan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, a total shock as Andy was never a smoker. Through his drive and determination, coupled with cutting-edge cancer treatments and tremendous support from his family, friends and colleagues, Andy has a bright future ahead. Andy is a partner in AREA 9 Productions. He is married to Jen Swan and is the father of 3-year-old, Nicholas. For more info on the Lung Cancer Foundation of America please visit: To find out how you can support Andy Swan, his family and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America in this cause, please visit: For video footage from this event, please visit,

HollyShorts Film Festival: 3D Opening! Plus 6 Open Film Finalists

Mingle Media TV was fortunate enough to cover the HollyShorts opening and watch lots of amazing shorts that were screened at the Festival this year.

This year the HollyShorts screened over 170 films and opened with the 1st 3-D shorts “The Butler’s in Love” by David Arquette (see our interview with him) below:

Partnering with the HollyShorts Film Festival was, an online platform that connects independent filmmakers to the professional community and helps them find an audience for their films. The judges for’s 1st Get It Made short film competition included James Caan, Scott Caan, Robert Duvall, and Mark Rydell.

You Be The Judge! 6 Finalists

FYI – I watched these six finalists and before seeing who was the winner, have selected my #1 film  out of the six…You can watch these shorts at and tell me what you think is the best… I will be posting the “official” winner here later.

􏰀 “Code Name: Operation Black Thunder” (Edgar Jimz, director – Staten Island, NY) When the intelligence agencies are infiltrated by a terrorist organization and can no longer be trusted, seven disgraced New York City cops are called upon to stop the worst terrorist attack in US history. One cop rises to the challenge and becomes a vigilante who saves us all.􏰀

􏰀 “Dead Cat Bounce” (Daric Gates, director – Burbank, CA) When brokers underestimate the bottom of a falling stock market, the resulting brief rise and subsequent freefall of stocks is called the dead cat bounce. As the global economy verges on disaster, an ambitious broker uncovers a startling secret placing him at odds with the underground society in control of the world market for centuries.

􏰀 “Hawaiian Ghost Story” (Grant Wheeler, director – Honolulu, HI) This animated adventure tells the story of three best friends who enlist the help of a spiritual guide to rid their home of a terrifying ghost named Namiko. When one of the boys is drawn into the spirit world, his friends must solve the ghost mystery before his stay becomes permanent.

􏰀 “HELP” (Val Lauren, director – Los Angeles, CA) Follow one man on the night he embarks on a desperate mission to save his dying mother’s life.

􏰀 “Rosewood” (Marvin Choi, director – Norwalk, CA) Paul is a college student who gets his first job as a part-time dishwasher at an old diner named Rosewood. To survive his first night on the job he must contend with the tyrannical head chef and calloused kitchen staff and learn what it takes to work in a real restaurant.

􏰀 “Untitled for James” (Ali Tabibnejad, director – Missoula, MT) James’ father was a brilliant inventor who upon his death bequeathed his son an unusual inheritance. If you received a dream generator that allowed you to start over with a clean slate, would you be able to resist?

Be sure to watch them – they last from about 6 minutes to 40 and let me know!!

HollyShorts - Red Carpet with David Arquette

HollyShorts - Red Carpet with David Arquette