Kiwi short film Do No Harm earns Oscars nod at Manhattan Short

A still for the New Zealand short film Do No Harm by Roseanne Liang.
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A still for the New Zealand short film Do No Harm by Roseanne Liang.

A Kiwi short film is in Oscars contention after being selected for a prestigious film festival.

Kiwi filmmaker Roseanne Liang's short film Do No Harm is one of 10 films selected to screen across the world as part of the Manhattan Short film festival.

All films in the festival's final 10 automatically qualify for consideration for the Academy Awards.

Liang's Do No Harm, which has a 10-minute run time, is a martial arts film about a surgeon threatened by gangsters who want her to violate her physician's oath.

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"I found this push and pull between duty and instinct so fascinating," said Liang.

To enter the Oscars, a film has to has to run for seven consecutive days in a cinema in Los Angeles County, USA.

Manhattan Short screens all the finalists for a full week at an LA Theatre to ensure they all meet the Oscars' qualifying criteria.

They also screen in over 250 participating cinemas around the world, where audience members are invited to cast ballots that decide the Best Film and Best Actor awards. New Zealand's only participating picture-house is Alexandra's Central Cinema, where the films will screen on October 7 and 8.

Other films in the Manhattan Short top 10 include works from Syria, Georgia, Latvia, USA, UK, and Switzerland.

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The final ten were selected from 1615 entries from 75 countries.

 - Stuff

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