Note: Due to the Worldwide Pandemic, the International Film Festival Manhattan will be doing Virtual Events happening online (ticketed with limited time) on November 19 to 22, 2020. Decision to do so was because of the Lockdowns and limited travel around the world due to the Pandemic. There is also lack of live events happening in NY. Meanwhile, we plan to do meaningful (for the filmmakers and audience alike) Virtual Events Online.

International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM), now on it's 10th Milestone Year, offers a quality selection of world-class films that will be showcased in a theater in Manhattan New York City, USA. Our programming encompasses all different genres of diverse program. Narrative features, documentaries, shorts and student films from all over the world. We also have a focus on social relevance as part of our programming and our goals.

We are visionaries who believe in the possibilities of New York, the greatest city in the world. We have seen how film, as a powerful medium can make a direct impact on lives or facilitate change. We also have seen the unique diversity of New York's culture and its people. The city's appreciation for film and ability to make things happen. Our vision is to help merge the two, creating an opportunity for filmmakers and artist to showcase their works in New York. Support will be given to all filmmakers to help find their audiences.

IFFM is committed in showcasing entertaining and diverse films in all genres and scope to equal the diversity of New York. It is also committed in exploring all opportunities to promote the artists, his work, his vision, and his cause if he has any, during the showing of the films and the events during the festival.

We are a festival that gives importance to a full Question and Answer (Q&A) portion after each film screening. We believe that filmmakers who attend their screening should be heard and celebrated on stage. We also pride ourselves in having red carpet interview moments during the festival, IFFM is also known for it's full scale Black Tie Opening Night - Awards Night. We give out 15 or more trophies to major awardees during the year.

We will give more than 15 award certificates and medals or more each year including:
Best Narrative Feature USA, Best Narrative Feature Global, Best Documentary,
Best Short, Best Music Video, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor Short, Best Student Film, The Gerry Balasta Award for Best Advocacy, Most Popular Film in IFFM and many more.

1) All films must be not older than year 2014.

2) It is encouraged that films be in English or else, Non-English language films must have English subtitles.

3) IFFM New York will be screening online this year.

4) IFFM New York, does not require World Premiere, but appreciates if you notify us if you are either a World Premiere, International Premiere (your first premiere outside your country of origin), North American Premiere or New York Premiere.

5) Entry fees are in U.S. dollars, per film entry and are non-refundable.
Entries without entry fees will be disqualified. IFFM does not give fee waivers. Please refrain from emailing us about fee waivers. Thank you.

6) IFFM will be doing screenings online in 2020. Submitting filmmakers/individuals will be notified by e-mail and thru FilmFreeway anytime in the year 2020.

7) IFFM accepts screening copy - mp4 via FilmFreeway, wetransfer, downloadable via vimeo or google drive.

8) Regarding our IFFM Film Festival Director Awards, a committee will be selecting nominated films but the final awardees will eventually be selected by the International Film Festival Manhattan Film Festival Director. There will be an awards night where the awardees will be honored and IFFM Film Festival Director Award Certificates and medals will be given out that night. All nominated films/filmmakers will be notified to attend the Awards Night. Awards Night will be Online this year. (Date and Venue: TBD)

Overall Rating
  • It was a great experience. Everyone was very professional and our film got a lot of exposure. Thank you so much.

    September 2020
  • The IFFM was one of the most exciting experiences I have had. It paved the way for our film to be in other festivals. If there was one festival that started it all, it’s this one! Looking forward to the next years with you. Cheers and kudos to the team and Luis Pedron!

    November 2019
  • Melissa Del Rosario

    International Film Festival Manhattan was a wonderful film festival to be apart of! Hope to be able to screen at this festival every year going forward. The organizers behind the festival are wonderful; very accommodating, helpful, and responsive. My one criticism is that I wish I had more time to spend at the film festival. Our film's reception was so great, and the marketing was on point. Networking opportunities and fantastic personalized spotlight on filmmakers at Q&A. Highly recommend submitting!

    October 2019
  • Algis Kemezys

    I so love the "International Film Festival Manhattan" for selecting and screening our movie "The Messenger Hermes Remembers" BAK Productions.
    It meant so much to me considering that two of my best friends, Lord Byron Ayanoglu, my Husband, My Lover, Producer, Writer & Actor playing Zeus in the movie. We have also been married for the last 35 years. Then Paul William Roberts, writer, and Oxford Scholar who plays me as Hermes Sr in my movie and was a man of keen intelligence and wit. He has written some of the most influential books I have ever read and am so thankful that he saved my movie by being in it.
    Both Uber Menches died at the beginning of summer. I personally have been in a non-stop panic attack since the loss of two of my two best friends that meant more than anything in this world to me.
    I was so thrilled that the final edit of the movie had the chance to be shown in the BIG APPLE one more time for good measure, so I feel like there has been closure.
    Both Byron Ayanoglu and Paul William Roberts loved NYC, so I am so pleased that this screening occurred.
    There is nothing better than being shown at a Film Festival with Manhattan in its name and has been producing its festival for the last 9 years. May they live long and prosper and I THANK Luis Perdon with everything in my heart.
    From what I understand, because I was not able to attend they had a wonderful reception and the hospitality and professionalism were indeed Great.
    I bless and Thank the International Film Festival Manhattan for allowing my film to be shown one last time in NYC, even before my own death, which shall be soon; like even today.
    I so Pray for our souls and this Festival! So if you care for original work screened in the biggest Apple in the world select this Festival for the Best of all possible worlds.

    October 2019
  • If you want an amazing film festival experience and you don't submit here, you're doing it wrong! Luis, Jeanette, and Co. worked some kind of magic to make a large international festival feel like a personalized experience. Great venues, great food, and even better people. You need to submit your project here today!

    October 2019