The mission of the Moonlight Film Festival is to provide a platform for advancing public interest in film; to support each year a new generation of filmmakers with a unique vision; to draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema; and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without fear of censorship.
We are dedicated to promoting new filmmakers' projects and showcasing their work to a global audience. Our goal is to show independent films from all around the world in a variety of genres.

Moonlight Film Festival will present cash awards in the following categories for 2022 winners:

$750 Cash Prize for Best Narrative Feature (International or USA)

$750 Cash Prize for Best Animation (International or USA)
$500 Cash Prize for Best Narrative Short (International or USA)
$500 Cash Prize for Best Documentary Short (International or USA))
$500 Cash Prize for Best Screenplay


Non-cash Awards

All award winners and final nominees receive a special MFF Certificate and Laurel

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

All films must have been made in or after 2016.

Short films must not exceed 30 minutes.

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

By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.