In the Spotlight today is the 13th Annual Manhattan Film Festival(MFF), named byMovieMaker Magazineas one of ‘The Coolest Film Festivals in the World’ and as one of ’25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.’ Beloved for its infectious energy MFF ensures an unforgettable party atmosphere for twelve days of moviemaking madness all unfolding at Cinema Village in New York City.Huffington Postreports, “What drives skyrocketing numbers of filmgoers to events like the Manhattan Film Festival are authentic films, independent films that sharply convey a reality of a particular place at a definite time, of a certain group of people.”

Steven Swancoat director ofThe Singershares, “The festival was absolutely wonderful. Well organized, good line up, ran very smooth. The opening VIP/Press party was a great way to break the ice with other filmmakers. It was an excellent opportunity to network, both as a filmmaker and for actors/actresses.” Through MFF’s Polling Places program, Audience Choice participants will receive an “I Voted” sticker and be encouraged to submit online reviews of films. Each Audience Choice winner will receive a commercial theater screening following the conclusion of the festival.

Recent highlights include the screening ofVaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophedirected by Andrew Wakefield. MFF was the first film festival to screen the controversial film which went on to a successful box office run. The documentaryDavid & Mepremiere garnered major media covered regarding the wrongful conviction of David McCallum. Following the screening, Brooklyn DA saw coverage of the film in the press leading him to review McCallum’s case. McCallum is now vacated. The festival also had the pleasure of partnering with MLB baseball legend Joe Torre and the Torre Safe at Home Foundation in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence. High school students produced a short film about children affected by domestic violence. The festival has a long history with student filmmakers that dates back over a decade. The screening ofYuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunchhelped lead to an appearance onJimmy Kimmel Live!.

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The Manhattan Film Festival is dedicated to developing and discovering new ways to help filmmakers pursue a career out of filmmaking. In the process we introduce filmmakers and their work to new and expanding audiences.

Manhattan Film Festival issues many awards and prizes with various monetary values. In addition, every year MFF honors three filmmakers with a Film Heals Award. This awards is given to filmmakers that use the power of film to promote peace, justice, equality, and humanity. All submitting filmmakers will be eligible for this award.

Features and shorts are invited for submission – qualify your film today!