Young filmmakers from Lebanon, Taiwan, UK, and US selected as 2018 MIFF finalists

November 17, 2017 – 10 young filmmakers from Lebanon, Republic of China (Taiwan), the United Kingdom, and the United States were selected as finalists for the 6th Manhattan International Film Festival (MIFF), an annual cultural initiative of the World Youth Alliance (WYA) seeking to recognize promising young directors around the world committed to exploring the depth of the human condition. The finalists were selected based on the following evaluation criteria: Content and Relevance to WYA’s Mission, Technical Excellence, and Overall Quality. 

The list below is in no particular order:

  • Kerrie Everitt, USA, Anthems: A Journey Around The World
  • Benjamin Schweki, USA, Chocolate Cake
  • Anthony Scalia, USA, Jimmy Scalia: An Honest For Portrait
  • Patrick Foust, USA, Life In Strides
  • Maria Jacobs, USA, My Mind Is A Medicine Cabinet
  • TJ Noel-Sullivan, USA, Role Model
  • Gloria Tauk, Lebanon, RONDO
  • Harrison Fuller, USA, Sentiment
  • Phoebe Holman, UK, Towards Harmony: A Musical Integration
  • Howard Sun, Taiwan, What I Called Love

Previous films recognized by the festival have examined themes relating to family, community, suffering, empathy, the pursuit of happiness, truth, and the transcendent. The ten finalists’ films will be screened to a public audience in New York City on March 2018. The winners will receive a certificate of recognition and their films will be screened in WYA regional offices around the world. 

WYA would like to thank all of the young filmmakers for sending in their entries to the 6th edition of the festival. WYA will start accepting submissions to the 7th edition in December 2017.