Announcing Winners of WYA’s 3rd Annual Manhattan International Film Festival

NEW YORK CITY, February 28-March 2

The Manhattan International Film Festival is an annual initiative that honors young directors who are promoting dignity of the person through their work in film.  This year, the theme of the festival’s films is relationship; specifically how relationships with friends, family, and the transcendent define our lives, and are most crucial to our happiness and sense of fulfillment.

This past weekend, WYA gathered film directors and actors from around the world for the 2014 Manhattan International Film Festival (MIFF) in New York. 

The event kicked off on Friday evening at WYA’s New York headquarters with a presentation by actors Kevin Collins and Dana Ivey, as well as a Q&A session providing a “behind the scenes” glimpse into the world of film and acting. 

On Saturday, films by 13 young directors were screened at the Sohotel Art Space.  These directors, representing countries including Greece, Spain, Romania, Philippines, Brazil, Armenia, and Croatia, were selected from a pool of 130 international applicants. Following the screenings, internationally acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Giovanni Morricone provided a critique of each film, and the WYA Chamber Orchestra performed an evening concert.

Saturday concluded with the climactic announcement of 3 winners and 2 honorable mentions for WYA’s Manhattan International Film Festival.  Maja Subaric from Croatia won for “What We Do,” “ Xandrino Mangunay from the Philippines won for “Laum,” and Josep Antoni Ribas Rossello from Spain won for the “Unforgettable Pianist”.   “Dummies” by Daniel Alava from Spain and “Tenebris” by Ion Sova from Romania were awarded honorable mention. All 5 of these directors will be invited to screen their films at the United Nations on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm.  Click here for an invitation to the UN Film screening on April 2.  We hope you will join us!

WYA’s 2015 MIFF will take place March 20-22. Mark your calendars and click here for more information.