Manhattan Film Festival

About Us

Manhattan Film Festival was founded by independent filmmakers that learned first-hand how hard it is to find an independent film an audience. Originally launched as the start-up Independent Features, MFF evolved into a globally recognized brand. The festival is covered by local, national, and international media outlets. This includes The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Good Morning America, The New York Times, as well as international outlets such as The Sun, BBC, and The Guardian. The festival has been named both “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “The Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. Although we have grown into one of the largest independent film festivals on the circuit, we have stayed true to our principals. We have thrived by building our festival through the voices of filmmakers rather than corporate sponsors. That is one of the keys of our success and a main reason MFF was founded.

 

Programming:

For more than a decade we have worked to program a diverse film lineup that features student, emerging, and established filmmakers. Other than unique situations, every official selection is a submitted film. Every submitted film is watched in full duration and given an equal opportunity of selection. We will select approximately 125 films in 2018 comprised of both feature and short films. All genres are eligible including pilots and web series.