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Manhattan Independent Film Festival Unveils Award Winners Of Its Comeback Edition

Nov 7, 2022 - After a five-year hiatus, the Manhattan Independent Film Festival made a comeback last week, and it is here to stay. Festival host and manager Maarten Cornelis: “Filmmakers and fans from all walks of life gathered Thursday last week for the reopening of the Manhattan Independent Film Festival. Everyone was super excited about our selection of movies and the relaunch of the festival. After a meet and greet, paired with wine and delicious food, we gathered in the Screening Room at the prestigious 500 Park Avenue. We watched the 2022 selection, ending with an overwhelming applause. We are happy to announce that we will be making the 500 Park Avenue Screening Room the home of our festival and we will be back next year for a 3-day event, which will include free entrance. We can't wait to see you back in 2023!”

The Manhattan Independent Film Festival is pleased to share with you today the award winners of the 2022 edition:

Best Narrative Film

Ousmane (Canada)

By Jorge Camarotti

Best Documentary Film

Scars (Canada)

By Alex Anna

Best Acting

Kyle Chen in Idol (Australia) by Alex Wu

Best Experimental Film

Heat Wave Hallucination (USA)

By Jil Guyon

Best Foreign Film

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By Daniel Moshel

Best Drama Film

Mamma (Norway)

By Aslak Danbolt

Best Underground Film

2020 (USA)

By Tom Bessoir

Best Comedy Film

The Pitch (USA)

By Eno Freedman Brodmann

Congratulations to all!

A new Call for Entries has been launched today on FilmFreeway for the next edition, which will take place November 8-10, 2023. 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.


Source: Manhattan Independent Film Festival, 7 Nov 2022.


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