Call for Submissions for the 8th Manhattan International Film Festival

Good news for all young filmmakers out there! The Manhattan International Film Festival is now accepting entries for its 8th year.

The Manhattan International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual cultural initiative of the World Youth Alliance (WYA) seeking to recognize promising young directors committed to exploring the depth of the human condition. Previous films recognized by the festival have examined themes relating to family, community, suffering, empathy, the pursuit of happiness, truth, and the transcendent.

Submissions will be reviewed by a distinguished global jury panel, and the selected finalists will be invited to screen their film in New York City on March 2, 2020. At the conclusion of the festival, the winners will be selected, and their films will be subsequently be screened at prominent World Youth Alliance events around the world. 

Filmmakers must be below 31 years old to qualify. Filmmakers can submit their entries through this online form or the Manhattan International Film Festival FilmFreeway page. An application fee of $20 (USD) is required per entry. 

Submissions close on November 15, 2019. For inquiries, you may email the MIFF Secretariat at