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Manhattan Independent Film Festival Unveils Award Winners Of Its 2023 Edition!

Once again, the Manhattan Independent Film Festival triumphed, showcasing a successful three-day lineup of screenings at the prestigious Park Avenue Screening Room, complemented by a widely viewed online streaming selection.

Festival host and manager Maarten Cornelis: “The award season is in the air and you can feel the excitement at the Park Avenue Screening Room. Out of the 1,300+ films that was received, we were able to share 33 of them as part of our official selection to an audience of critics, jurors and film enthousiasts. What an amazing atmosphere the last 3 days were! We had a great number of film makers attend this year, who all watched an amazing selection of films praised by the attendees. We are so happy to also announce that we will be bringing our festival back at this exclusive NYC theater in 2024. Can’t wait!”

The Manhattan Independent Film Festival is pleased to share with you today the award winners of the 2023 edition:

Best Narrative Feature Film

Kat Combination (United States) by Dan Simolke

Best Documentary Feature Film

Eye to Eye (United States) by Darius Charles Lewis

Best Narrative Short Film

Placebo (United States) by Sage Bennett

Best Documentary Short Film

Flint. For Those Who Dare... (United States) by Raul Barquet

Best Animated Short Film

Poise (Portugal) by Luís Soares

Best Underground Film

Who's Annie? (United States) by Sophia Peer

Best Experimental Film

After Winter, Cherry Blossoms (United States) by Jil Guyon

Best Music Video

Háldi (Norway) by Ann Holmgren

Best Manhattan Story

Nora (United States) by Caitlin Ferrell

Best Actor (f/m/x)

Tricia O'Toole in Nora (United States) by Caitlin Ferrell

Best Director (f/m/x)

Placebo (United States) by Sage Bennett

Congratulations to all!

A new Call for Entries has been launched today on FilmFreeway for the next edition, which will take place November 13-15, 2024. Submit your film now:


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 a unique focus on stories tied to Manhattan, and NYC. Recognizing the important role independent films have in the history of filmmaking, storytelling, and culture, the annual Manhattan Independent Film Festival wants to help empower the next generation of artists.

The festival is open to all forms and genres. We welcome filmmakers from around the world to submit their work. In addition to narrative, documentary, animated, experimental and underground work, the festival welcomes films that take place in Manhattan for their unique section ‘Manhattan Stories’.

Originally founded in 2015, the first two editions took place at The Producer’s Club and Videology. Starting 2022, the festival has found its new location at the 500 Park Avenue Screening Room. A cozy 55 seat, extremely well-situated venue with a great history and infrastructure. The ideal home for the next generation of filmmakers.


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