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'Do No Harm' Represents NZ at Manhattan Short Film Festival

Do No Harm to represent New Zealand in 20th Annual
Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Short Film Directed By Roseanne Liang To Screen In Over 250 Cinemas Worldwide.

Oscar-Qualifying Screenings in Los Angeles Sept. 22-Sept. 28.

New York, NY, Sept 12: New Zealander, Roseanne Liang and her short film Do No Harm, will represent New Zealand in the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. The 10-minute film is one of 10 Finalists screening in over 250 cinemas across six continents between September 28 and October 8, 2017. Being selected for the Final 10 means Do No Harm is automatically qualified for Oscar consideration.

Do No Harm is a martial arts film about a surgeon threatened by gangsters who want her to violate her physician’s oath. “I found this push and pull between duty and instinct so fascinating,” said Liang.

MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival of its kind. The Final 10 selections are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audience in each participating cinema. This year’s Final 10 represent an extraordinary range of genres with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation, and martial arts short films all featured in the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

Oscar-Qualifying Screenings in Los Angeles.

All Final 10 short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination, during a special, one-week screening at Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood from Sept. 22 to Sept 28, with lunchtime shows 12-2pm each day.

Link to 250 Venues worldwide:

Do No Harm is the only film to represent New Zealand. The other 9 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Syria, Georgia and Latvia representing their respective countries for the first time. Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections, while short films from USA, UK, and Switzerland complete the program. These Final 10 short films represent the best short films from among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films.


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