The 15th annual Manhattan Festival has a mission. That mission is to make Manhattan look like Manhattan, the media capital of the world, by bringing production crews back to the streets and virtual movie-goers back to the seats! 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
  • Laurence Fuller

    Honored to take part in this great fest as a Finalist with my feature screenplay MODERN ART this year! Great fest to be a part of!

    October 2020
  • So glad to be a part of this prestigious festival. Wonderful communication. Highly recommend to filmmakers.

    September 2020
  • Dr. Teresa Mular

    Very grateful for having been selected by this honorable and prestigious festival. I will be submitting my next project again . Thanks to the entire team

    September 2020
  • Russell Emanuel

    Wonderful film festival that treated us well, especially during these Covid times. Thank you so much!

    September 2020
  • A fantastic experience to visit the festival and have my film screened at Cinema Village in Manhattan and watch other original and inspiering works. Mingeling at the opening ceremony was also good. A friendly festival with exciting films.

    May 2019