Manhattan Film Festival lead the way during Covid-19 and was the first major film festival to be safely hosted back inside a movie theater. During the early days of the pandemic, MFF developed their Made in Manhattan Digital Studio, which was launched to bring independent film productions back to the borough and beyond. The festival will again be hosted at the beloved Cinema Village just steps from Union Square. All selected filmmakers will be honored with a coveted commercial screening and will receive four filmmaker passes. Each pass includes invites to the Press & Industry Preview Party as well as the Awards Ceremony.

Manhattan Film Festival is covered by local, national, and international media outlets. Past coverage 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.

Director Jamison M. LoCascio says “The Manhattan Film Festival is one the best film festivals on the East coast. It is a festival about films and filmmakers-they just really care. The prestigious New York City environment mixed with the caring down to earth nature of the festival coordinators make this Fest a Filmmaker best possible partner-don't miss out on it or the great community you can be a part of at MFF.”

• All film submissions are non-returnable unless sent with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
• If a film is accepted, filmmakers will be responsible for delivering their exhibition materials by a date determined by the festival or to and from festival venues.
• The Manhattan Film Festival is not liable for submission or exhibition materials which are lost or damaged.
• Filmmaker must have all clearances including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown must have authorized permission. Filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.
• Filmmaker authorizes the Manhattan Film Festival permission to screen their film at the festival.
• The festival must receive the exhibition copy by the date specified in order to screen the film

Overall Rating
  • We were thrilled to be part of this prestigious Manhattan festival and overjoyed that “The Della Morte Sisters” was awarded Best Family Drama. A showcase of great films and talented filmmakers at the charming Cinema Village theater made this a truly wonderful festival. Phil, Lucy, and team were superb hosts. Thank you!

    October 2021
  • Matt DeGennaro

    I understand it was the beginning of Covid that made communication nearly impossible. Everything else was great.

    August 2021
  • Nela Wagman

    Very caring, dedicated staff, who worked extremely hard to bring a live festival back to Manhattan in 2021, and they succeeded. I met wonderful filmmakers. It was an honor to be a part of the Manhattan Film Festival, and for Come Find Me to be named a winner. Huge Thanks!

    July 2021
  • Manhattan was excellent, highly recommended, and very helpful to a first time filmmaker! After all..I eon best horror film for 2021! Thank you!

    July 2021
  • Jonathan Fisher

    Can't say enough about Lucy and the team at the MFF! They were determined to put on a live festival and came through with flying colors! Thanks so much for hosting the world premiere of our short doc "In a Whole New Way." An unforgettable experience!

    July 2021