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WYA invites directors internationally to submit short films that draw viewers into deeper contemplation of the human condition.  

Past films awarded by WYA have explored the triumph of the human spirit, the individual’s heroic use of freedom, the power of solidarity among people from diverse backgrounds, an authentic account of the human experience, and a creative portrayal of human dignity.  Examples of these films are posted below.

A panel of film industry experts will judge all submissions and invite a select number of directors as finalists.  The work of these finalists will be featured in NYC at the Manhattan International Film Festival, March 20th- March 22nd, 2015.  

Film director finalists will receive a public screening and masterclass critique of their film, invitations to social events gathering contacts in the film industry, opportunities to dialogue about their work, and a chance to reflect on personal and professional aspirations as an artist in today’s society.

Furthermore, prizes to the top directors will be awarded at the festival.  Prize-winners will receive the opportunity to screen their film at the United Nations.

Applicants must be under age 30 with the backing of no major studio (the support of film/art schools is permissible).  

If not in the English language, all films must include English subtitles.  

To apply, please complete the application form below.  

If you have questions about the application process, please email Alexis Kende (culture@wya.net).




  Please click on the link below to process your $15 application fee via PayPal.




On March 1st, those pictured above were named Winners of the 2014 Manhattan International Film Festival!  
Their short films were screened at the United Nations on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  

If you are a young film director interested to apply for the 2015 MIFF, email culture@wya.net
Application deadline: December 8, 2014.  


At the conclusion of the Manhattan International Film Festival,
select film directors were given the opportunity to screen their work at the United Nations

Their films can be browsed below:


Learn more about the Manhattan International Film Festival by year: