2020 winners and selection

Please check our website for winners and official selections


Because of Covid19, We had to cancel our 2020 Event night, However we will be celebrating 2020 Event with 2021 Event together at August 23, 2021

Notification date is August 15, Official selections and semi finalists will be notified by Our website and FilmFreeway. August 23 will be award-event night for winners. We will announce and celebrate winners at Producers Club at 6.00 pm -10.00 pm August 23 2021 ( 358 w 44th st, New York Producer's Club)

Welcome to MANHATTANHENGE FILM FESTIVAL. We are an annual competition based in New York City. We want the best worldwide film stories to promote filmmakers’ and help them to reach bigger audiences.

The MANHATTANHENGE FILM FESTIVAL is an open door for independent filmmakers. It's a special jury formed by academicians, producers, and professional filmmakers.

MANHATTANHENGE FILM FESTIVAL is delighted to announce that we are accepting our 2020 and 2021 submission

The Festival offers you the chance to meet other filmmakers and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate in a highly creative and inspiring atmosphere.

MANHATTANHENGE Film Festival is an international film festival and screenplay competition founded in New York City, USA at 2018.

The festival accepts movies from all over the world under different categories such as Feature films 40 min +more, Short films, Animation, Student movies, Horror, Comedy, Web series/video, Documentaries and Experimental movies.

In the end, our main aim was and still is to bring immigrant,foreign filmmakers together regardless of their experience.

If you’re an aspiring director, you will know that it is crucial for your work to be appreciated no matter the size of the audience or the budgets of the films you compete against. At Manhattanhenge Film we care about your skills and vision.


-US Narrative Feature Film (Cash Prize)

-Foreign Feature Film (Cash Prize)

-Best Short Film (Cash Prize)

-Best Documentary (Cash Prize)

-Best Experimental work (Cash Prize)

-Best Web series video (Cash Prize)

-Best Horror Film (cash Prize)

-Best Comedy (cash prize)

-Best student film

-Best Director

-Best actor

-Best Trailer




-Cash Prize

All genres/forms accepted. Seeking Feature Films, Short Films, Documentary, Music Videos, Experimental Works,Web videos (youtube/vimeo) and Animation.

All foreign-language works MUST be subtitled in English to be considered.

1. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
- There is no premiere policy.

2. Exhibition Format: h.264 Quicktime file

3. Please disregard any automatic notifications from FilmFreeway. If you don't hear from us DIRECTLY via email, your work is still in consideration for the 2018-2019 Manhattanhenge Film Festival. Please bear with us as we carefully review all works submitted to us with extreme care and consideration.

Manhattanhenge Film Awards will be given out certificates, laurels and trophies to the nominated submissions are given in these categories for cinematic excellence. One winner will be chosen by the judges to receive a Throphy, Laurel and a certificate.

International selected nominees who cannot attend the awards ceremony will be contacted by the team to have their certificates/trophies sent to them.

→ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

→ All films must have been made in or after 2017.

→ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

→ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience.

→ Nominations: All films nominated for every category. 
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category. 
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

→ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

→ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

→ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

→ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

→ We cannot provide refunds.

→ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

→ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions. 

Overall Rating
  • Aliqoui Film

    Hi, I'm Shin Saito. Thank you for choosing my film ETERNAL as the BEST FOREIGN FILM. I received the trophy yesterday. This film festival is really great. I would like to participate again when the new film is ready.

    August 2020
  • Babsy Artner

    The trailer for our short film MARILYN FAN won the award for "Best Trailer" at the Manhattanhenge Film Festival in New York City. We would like to thank the festival very much! We feel honored and we're very grateful. Manhattanhenge is a very professional festival and communication with the festival manager worked perfect. We received a laurel and a certificate, the trophy is being shipped to us. We highly recommend Manhattanhenge Film Festival!

    August 2020
  • Cristian Saliadarre

    I am honoured and very pleased to have won Best Actor for my film Devil's Whisper...it was a great experience and hopefully I get to attend next year..god bless everyone...peace and safety to us all..

    July 2020
  • Thank you for including my film in your festival. What a great honor and delight to be included and awarded within the Manhattanhenge Film Festival! All the best, Yuval -- YouTube.com/YuvalDavid

    July 2020
  • Troy Scoughton

    Great people and probably one of the nicest emails I've received in weeks.

    July 2020