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. That evolution began at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. Independent Features had partnered with a former internet giant to try to regain market share from Google. Utterly unprepared for the situation, the organization was left on the brink of collapse. Ironically, a YouTube partnership opportunity changed history and opened the door for what Manhattan Film Festival is today. If you would like to learn more about our history click here.


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.