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Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, John Cassavetes, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola are just a few names of established filmmakers who blew up on the indie scene. True artist who focus on the art of filmmaking rather than on the box office. The Manhattan Independent Film Festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and an unique focus on Manhattan Stories. Recognizing the important role independent films have in the history of filmmaking, storytelling, and culture, MIFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Manhattan Independent Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.

All screenings will take place at the Producers Club, located in Midtown Manhattan on October 8 and 9, 2016. The Manhattan Independent Film Festival screenings runs in conjunction with the New York Film Week.



The Manhattan Independent Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.

The Manhattan Independent Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry, accept the 'guaranteed selection submissions', does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Manhattan Independent Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Manhattan Independent Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Manhattan Independent Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Manhattan Independent Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2016 Manhattan Independent Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Manhattan Independent Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Manhattan Independent Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Manhattan Independent Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.


offical selection

The Manhattan Independent Film Festival is divided in an online 'official selection' of films and the award winning films which will be screened on October 8 and 9, 2016 at The Producers Club in Midtown Manhattan. Each film we designate as an "Official Selection" or "Award Winning" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit.

Award Categories

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Manhattan Story

The Manhattan Independent Film Festival (in association with Broadway Film Festival and New York Film Week) will screen during October 8 and 9 at the Producers Club, 358 W 44th St, New York. Admission is free of charge. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free of charge.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 (4-6PM, tbc)

The Red Witch (USA) by Aron Bothman - MIFF

A geologist on Mars fights alone to uncover the planet's secrets before the green of terraforming covers it forever.
Duration: 6:07

Scent of Geranium (USA, NY) by Naghmeh Farzaneh - MIFF

Immigration is a new chapter in one's life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one's life down paths different from the one imagined. This film is an autobiographical account of the director's experience with immigration.
Duration: 4:41

Refugee Camp (Iran) by Saeed Naghavian - NYFW

Immigration? For love or live?? Yes or no? Is there another way? Please wait...
Duration: 1:00

Gravity (Colombia) by Camila Garcia - NYFW

The effects of gravitiy.
Duration: 0:48

Muscle (USA, NY) by Heidi Miami Marshall - BFF

AMANDA is married to CRAIG, a terminally ill man. She has been by his side, bathing and feeding him for the past seven years. She cares for him day in and day out, the weight of it all taking a toll on her life and her marriage. But their marriage was broken long before the disease, and those cracks have never gone away. Now, frayed by a life in stasis, Amanda realizes it's time to make a choice. A meeting with a stranger becomes Amanda's final chance to regain her hope.
Duration: 13:56

Fucking Him (Israel) by C.O. Moed, Adrian Garcia Gomez - MIFF

What is fucking? What is love? What's the difference? When do you know?
Duration: 2:00

Flaws (USA, KS) by Anthony Bradley - NYFW

A woman and a man reveal their insecurities after their first time sleeping together.
Duration: 1:00

Maniacs (Sweden) by Isabella Carbonell - NYFW

A girl goes to visit her sister who has been impossible to reach since being released from a psychiatric ward. She had been admitted for undressing in front of her colleagues, losing her job in the process. When the girl arrives at her sister's apartment she realizes that things are much worse than she could have imagined. The sister has not eaten for several days, has killed her pets, covered all the windows with dark plastic bags and has let two strangers into her home. The healthy sister, paralyzed by anxiety, tries to understand what is going on and how this could have happened. But to her surprise, her sister claims to be anything but in bad shape. On the contrary, she says that she has never been happier since she turned her back on the outside world.
Duration: 10:54

Takabb (Colombia) by Camila Garcia - NYFW

Animated package of herbal anti-cough pills of the traditional thai brand: Takkab.
Duration: 0:31

Hola Kitty! (USA, NY) by Daniel Burity - BFF

The film address the challenging issues of Latino illegal immigrants in the US. The main subject is a Latino immigrant who works in New York City in a Hello Kitty costume; a popular Japanese fictional character. Never revealing who's behind the mask, the film is a metaphor of faceless immigrants who work in the shadows of American society. The documentary blends social commentary with pop culture.
Duration: 10:22

Daddy Loves You (Finland) by Ninni Rokosa - NYFW

A documentary film about a Finnish professional boxer, who aims for the top while struggling with the shadows of his own life.
Duration: 56:25

Saturday, October 8, 2016 (6-8PM, tbc)

Black Mountain (Germany) by Nicholas Mockridge, Lilja Rupprecht - NYFW

Inspired by Richard Wagner's PARSIFAL, this triptych condenses the famous opera into 10 minutes. The sprawling 19th century epic on the power of belief, love, salvation and despair is thus brought to the digital age. Classicism becomes modern Techno and features one of the most eclectic casts in film and music history. Shot in Berlin's most notorious location. Commissioned by AUDI in conjunction with the Bayreuth Opera Festival 2016. Created by Like a Wild Beast's Fur and Jan Engel with a soundtrack by Moritz von Oswald.
Duration: 10:30

The Sad Sea (Spain) by Javier Rodes Sillue - NYFW

A natural and sober visual description about one of the most inspiring and enigmatic landscapes of the Earth. The sea becomes a symbol of the absolute, a dubious reality located on the threshold of reality and fantasy, between the conscious and the unconscious.
Duration: 1:00

You are not the strongest (Spain) by Emilio Yebra - NYFW

A hunter is searching for a new trophy for his collection.
Duration: 1:00

Gorilla (France) by Tibo Pinsard - BFF

Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle. But scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.
Duration: 14:05

White on White (USA, NY) by Alison Nguyen - MIFF

Duration: 2:49

Bardo: (USA, MI) by Derek Cote - NYFW

Visual document of the abandoned, Arctic, Soviet utopia of Pyramiden featuring audio recorded on the world's northernmost grand piano.
Duration: 12:15

Hootchu (Korea) by Jung Hyun Kim - NYFW

Allergies are irritating. It keeps everything from being done. There are many ways to solve it but none of them is ‘the’ solution. The stress builds up, and the tension grows. Eyes watery, head spinning, but then there is "the perfect solution."
Duration: 0:38

The Stranger (Spain) by Enrique Medrano - MIFF

Pedro is an Puerto rican Immigrant that lives in Madrid. Apparently, his live is quiet normal. He spends his days between staying at home and working; between talking walks with Ana, his wife, and having dinners with friends. Nobody suspects that behind the image of a loving husband and a devoted librarian, he walks the streets of Madrid at night, looking for some helpless victim -specially lonely women- to stab them to death. This is his real life, and all of this continue its course normally until one day, he and Ana decide to have a child. This decision affects his double life deeply. In his night walks, his potential victims no longer appear on the streets, and when there is one he acts awkwardly, letting her to escape. In this situation, it is inevitable that his thirst for blood grow further, immersing Pedro in an agony and despair too unbearable for him.
Duration: 01:06:00

Saturday, October 8, 2016 (8-10PM, tbc)

The Fib (Poland) by Filip Zaluska - NYFW

A distraught young woman at the wheel of her car in a car park, cuts to a contemplative young man standing in a different place, out in the darkness - presumably the cause of her distress. Then the video employs persistence of vision, an optical illusion in which multiple images blend into a single image in the human mind.
Duration: 3:36

Rainbow Party (United Kingdom) by Eva Sigurdardottir - MIFF

In a tale of twisted innocence, 14-year-old outcast Sofia is offered the chance to join the popular group at school, but doing so requires making serious sacrifices. Whoever said that teenage girls were pure and innocent?
Duration: 15:58

Red (France) by Nora Hegedus - NYFW

This film aims to raise awareness about sexual violence against women and more particularly about rape. The psychologic trauma due to rape is symbolized by physical injuries that can be be seen on the model. A white rose that gets covered in blood little by little evokes at the same time the wounded femininity of the victims.
Duration: 1:00

Pretty Dangerous (Canada) by Jeff Reynolds - MIFF
Pretty Dangerous (2015) This intimate portrait of Seleziya "Sparx" Esho finds the pro wrestler confronting a personal obsession and the strain it puts on both her body and her family.
Duration: 15:58

Ships in Distress in a Datastorm (Belgium) by Jeroen Cluckers - NYFW

A datamoshed remix of Peter Monamy's painting 'Ships in Distress in a Storm', turning the original work into a new abstract impressionist video painting.
Duration: 1:00

Figurine (Canada) by Hans Olson - NYFW

Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work closer to his children. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance.
Duration: 01:19:00

Sunday, October 9, 2016 (4-6PM, tbc)

Assembly Line (Israel) by Udi Shemesh - BFF

This video is an allegory of the animal food industry which oppresses and torments the helpless animals that in the commercials always look happy,carefree and peacefully waiting to be slaughtered.
Duration: 2:21

Enlightenment (Russia) by Marat Narimanov - NYFW

Nobody knows what the universe is. This super short story about the relationship between the man and the universe will reveal the secret of the universe.
Duration: 1:00

Rasta Deer (France) by shawy - NYFW

Duration: 0:18

Blind test (France) by shawy - NYFW

What if a blind man was eating eyes...
Duration: 0:31

ID (Poland) by Filip Zaluska - MIFF

V / O is a solo project of Wojtek Urbanski, a music producer and co-founder of project "Rysy" . The distinctive style define the rough and strong rhythm combined with strong emotions in a layer of melody .
Duration: 2:09

A Noodle in the Rain (USA, NY) by Minki Hong - NYFW

On a rainy day, I just want something warm or hot. So I boil the water to eat a Korean instant ramen.
Duration: 7:09

ObsessioN (Israel) by Oren Gerner - NYFW

A short visual tour inside an obsessive Consciousness
Duration: 0:59

Smashing Dandelions (USA, VA) by shawy - NYFW

'Smashing Dandelions' is an experimental animation created with sand on glass, paint on glass, plasticine, Jack Kerouac & Jazz.
Duration: 0:53

Migraot (Israel) by Tal Kantor - NYFW

The film presents a painful moment of encounter between two beings who come from two different worlds. they are both affected by each other's doing and therefore they realize that they both dependent on each other.
Duration: 1:00

One Minute for Katrina (USA, VA) by Serafima Serafimova, Max Halley - NYFW

One Minute for Katrina marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The animation offers people a chance to reflect and remember those who lost their lives and many who continue to be affected.
Duration: 1:00

Wake Up (USA, IL) by Erin Babbin - NYFW

Wake Up is a short, first person documentary in which filmmaker Erin Babbin explores her role in three generations of women artists. It is an intense and deeply personal 8 minute film that utilizes archival photographs and films created by her grandmother and mother, and responds to the conversations left unspoken. Wake Up delves into the relationships of the women in Erin's family while examining the harsh realities of the cycles of addiction and depression. The film sheds light on the universal subject of the artist and addiction, including the tragedies that too often accompany them, while leaving room for redemption through artistic practice.
Duration: 7:42

Wearing the Fog (China) by Yafei Qi - BFF

‘Wearing the Fog’ is a double-screen video with a non-linear narrative structure. it circles around the cold of the industrial world and the indifference of a family. The video consists of multiple narratives that are told in a non-linear fashion. The different stories show what I fear and what I hate to see.
Duration: 13:37

New York Cuts (USA, NY) by Luke Lorentzen - MIFF

Six hair salons in New York City, each with a unique personality, are explored as places of social gathering. Touching on themes of ethnicity, class, and community, conversations between stylists and clients are observed and intertwined in this portrait of urban multiculturalism.
Duration: 01:17:18

Sunday, October 9, 2016 (6-7.20PM, tbc)

Sin & Illy Still Alive (Germany) by Maria Hengge - MIFF

Sin and Illy have a plan: on a Greek island they want to get 'clean' on their own. But the intention of the two girls fails already on the way to the airport. Finally Sin realizes she has to go the way out of heroin addiction all alone.
Duration: 01:10:07

Sunday, October 9, 2016 (7.25-9PM, tbc)

Portrait of a young woman (France) by Arnoux Stephane - MIFF

For those of Marion's generation, the Crisis is all they have ever known; now, they also know war. An economic, social and humanitarian war... It is now an all-out war, which makes it all the more silent. In order to assert her identity and to shape future prospects, she created the character Misungui, whose body is the place where intimacy and politics quarrel with each other, from the virtuality of cyberspace to the heart of the city.
Duration: 01:22:00

Abismo (Canada) by Pablo Diconca - MIFF

A man and a woman drifting on a raft, dance with their instincts by choosing the only possible escape...
Duration: 8:12

Sunday, October 9, 2016 (9-11PM, tbc)

Fish envy (USA) by Mochelle Chen - NYFW

An animation showcasing the underlying reason for the ownership of fishes in human households: envy of their ability to inhabit spaces? where we would naturally drown.
Duration: 0:43

One day in July (Italy) by Hermes Mangialardo - NYFW

One children plays with sand on a beach, but a soldier comes with his gunOne children plays with sand on a beach, but a soldier comes with his gun.
Duration: 1:00

Loss (USA, NY) by Dawn Kim - MIFF

'There’s been another mass shooting in America.' Loss observes the silences in President Obama’s remarks about gun violence.
Duration: 3:00

Whatsap (Brazil) by Marcelo Branco - NYFW

All Whatsap wanted was her father’s attention, but he only had eyes for his smartphone, though.
Duration: 1:00

Wolf's Skin (Belgium) by Louise De Groef - MIFF

After a long abscence it is hard for Soo - Min, a young concert cellist, to compete with her daughter of six for the love of the attractive man and father, Wolf.
Duration: 26:00

Ursa Minor (Greece) by Elissavet Chronopoulou - BFF

?n a cheap by-the-hour hotel, a man is being arrested while a woman, unconscious, is being transported to the hospital. On his way to the police station, in the patrol car, the man is recalling the last few months, from the day he first met the woman until the dramatic end of their relationship, a few minutes ago. In the meantime the effort of two people to love each other.
Duration: 01:26:00

Narrative Feature Film - Official Selection

The Stranger (Spain) by Enrique Medrano
Sin & Illy Still Alive (Germany) by Maria Hengge
The Black that Follows (United States) by Bloom
Lotte (Germany) by Julius Schultheib
Hit The Road Gunnar (Germany) by Nicolas Ehret
Espero (Italy) by Alessandro Quadretti
Josephine Doe (United States) by Ryan Michael
Rolling (France) by Will witters
The Return (United Kingdom) by Oliver Nias

Documentary Feature Film - Official Selection

Just to see - a mystery (United States) by Jin Ju Lee
The Ability Exchange (United States) by Bing Wang
Black Sheep (India) by Reshel Shah
Portrait of a young woman (France) by Arnoux Stephane
Bird in the Room (Israel) by Ari Davidovich
Hoda's Story (Palestine, State of) by Johan Eriksson

Narrative Short Film - Official Selection

Because In The Dark (France) by Axel de Bruyn
Wolf's Skin (Belgium) by Louise De Groef
Cargo (United Kingdom) by Oli Carr
The sleep of the amazons (Belgium) by Berangere McNeese
Beatrix (Switzerland) by Maria Sigrist
Adelmo (Italy) by Gianluca Fedele
The Unforgiven (United States) by Jason Piccioni
Dont come back from Paradise (France) by Francis Frenkel
Woman With Violin (United States) by Mariam Bakashvili
Torsion (United States) by Gabriel Rivas
In the Rough (France) by Cappello Vincent
Let Us End With It Too (Canada) by Caisha Lea Thompson
Rainbow Party (United Kingdom) by Eva Sigurdardottir
Pepper (Canada) by Patrick Aubert

Documentary Short Film - Official Selection

A Weekend at the Beach with Jean-Luc Godard (Germany) by Ira Schneider
Three Women (Spain) by Alexis Delgado Burdalo
The soul is wandering (Belgium) by Guillaume Vandenberghe
The Pilgrims of Bouge (Belgium) by Gaetan Leboutte
Sexperiment (Switzerland) by Manuel Gubeli
Their Own Lives (Switzerland) by Manuel Gubeli
Moth Vitals (United States) by Nancy Wyllie
Who the hell is Satan (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Leo Ferri
Pretty Dangerous (Canada) by Dan Laera

Animated Short Film - Official Selection

The Red Witch (United States) by Aron Bothman
Gashapon Kou-lou-kou-lou (Taiwan) by Chen Wei-Yuan
Disconnector (Hong Kong) by Faiyaz Jafri
Michi (Canada) by Kaho Yoshida
Prism (United States) by Cody Greene
Based on Photo (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Elika Mehranpour
Scent of Geranium (United States) by Naghmeh Farzaneh

Underground Film - Official Selection

Head (United States) by Jon Bristol
Idioms Origins Volume 1 (United States) by Jim McDonough
Zeitnot (Argentina) by Ernesto Rowe
Rihards Brazinskis (France) by Virginie T. Colombe
Hades (Germany) by Kevin Kopacka

Experimental Film - Official Selection

Bonnie by Stefan Pavlovic
Abundance (Germany) by Annique Delphine
Abismo (Canada) by pablo Diconca
La Femme Qui Cherche (Israel) by Renana Aldor
Patarei Prison (Spain) by Ricard Carbonell
Loss (United States) by Dawn Kim
Es Rever (United States) by Sean Carmichael
White on White (United States) by Alison Nguyen
Fucking Him (United States) by C.O. Moed, Adrian Garcia Gomez
Peaumuet (Finland) by Emilia Linnakoski
Le bulbe tragique (Canada) by Guillaume Vallee
Cut to Bliss: Force of Fashion (China) by Mori Wu

Music Video - Official Selection

Selective Mommery (United States) by Katie Kapuza
Locker X (Germany) by Brian May
The Kubler-Ross Model (Philippines) by Aya Ng
ID (Poland) by Filip Zaluska
Tom And His Computer 'Organ' (Denmark) by Martin Garde Abildgaard
Little Party Queen (France) by Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier

Manhattan Stories - Official Selection

State Of Mind (United States) by Tyler Marino
Crossroads of Journalism Dreams (China) by Xiaoran Liu
New York Cuts (United States) by Luke Lorentzen


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