We truly are a destination festival. This will be the second year for a pre festival canal cruise for attending filmmakers, So RSVP ASAP..space is limited! Opening night reception at the Rialto with Kurdish film Girls of the Sun as well as more featured Kurdish cinema. The annual Saturday Night Special Event at the famous EYE Film Museum and Closing Night Rooftop Party at Floor 17 with Stephen Trask attending our finale..Hedwig and the Angry Inch!

We will have two amazing panels. The first is centered around our special theme of this year: "Constructed Identities"...this can be gender/online identities/cyborg/ and more! Be sure to submit your film if it addresses this topic!

Last year, The Disunited States of America was a huge success with 9 venues and over 200 films in the "Venice of the North"! 2019's Country of focus will be Kurdistan...a territory that is not official recognized as its own sovereign nation, however, should be....with special guests to help contextualize Kurdish filmic culture.

Again, films all over the globe including all genres are welcome here. we love great stories, powerful character development and innovative filming. We love filmmakers to participate and be in the mix as we are truly the filmmakers' festival! wonderful social networking events, parties and trailblazing cinema as well as retrospectives and historical contextualization!

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature-Length Documentary

Please read the description of our festival before submitting.

By submitting your film you understand and agree that the festival may use any portions of your of film, to be determined at the festival's discretion, not to exceed 5 minutes in length, for any marketing activities to promote the festival and your screening. Use of film content may include, but is not limited to, playback over Access non-profit community TV channels, printed marketing pieces, commercial advertisements and Internet distribution.

We also require all non- English speaking films to have subtitles please.

We do not pay screening fees for submitted films.

You understand that should your film be accepted, you will be notified and asked to provide the final screening copy. You understand that unless otherwise arranged, final screening copies on acceptable formats will be due no later than August 1 2019. If we have not received your digital file by then, you WILL be dropped from the festival line-up.

Overall Rating
  • Cengiz Akaygün

    I fehlet honored to be a Part of this Festival.

    October 2019
  • Ian Boisvert

    After inviting our film to be part of her festival Alexandra Nakelski showed her true colors as an angry and vindictive person. Our film was originally slotted for a good venue and a great time. Then things got weird.

    MFF invited our composer to speak as part of one of its panels. However, more than month before the festival he told the festival staff that he was invited on a European tour and would not make the panel. In an angry and spiteful email, the festival director accused him and I (the director), of being "horribly unprofessional" and "embarrassing [her] by not showing up." She demanded we find her a replacement and threatened that we were wasting a "great networking opportunity."

    As retaliation for our composer not being part of the panel, the festival programmers moved our short film to a small, out-of-the-way screening room that was more like a community room for an apartment building.

    I would caution any filmmaker from being part of this festival. Their words do not align with their actions and their actions proved largely unprofessional.

    September 2019
  • truly honoured to be part of the fest!! :) great organizing team! very much looking forward to the next edition

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks! Can't wait to keep following your prolific career!

  • Hique Montanari

    My feature film YONLU was in the official selection of Manifesto Film Festival 2019 and it was extremely delighting to see our film at this important, independent and authored art film festival, with other wonderful films, fantastic crew, fabulous film reps and stunning guests. I highly recommend the Manifesto Film Festival for your movie. Best, Hique Montanari - YONLU, the movie.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Wish you could have been there...! But your wonderful spirit and social media support was like you WERE!! xo!

  • Wonderful. Thanks for Manifesto Team

    September 2019