Manhattan International Film Festival & Competition

Deadline: 3 December 2012
Open to: Young film directors (under age 30)
Prize: The work of the finalists  will be featured at the Manhattan International Film Festival, February 22nd-24th, 2013.  Prize-winning films will be screened at the United Nations.

The World Youth Alliance, an international organization that promotes the dignity of the human person, invites young directors from around the world to submit original short films that artfully draw viewers into deeper contemplation of the human condition.


  • All films submitted must be independently produced and financed with the backing of no major studio (the support of film or art schools is permissible)
  • All directors entering the competition must be under age 30
  • If not in the English language, all films must include English subtitles


Film director finalists will receive:

  • A public screening and critique of their film
  • Invitations to social events gathering contacts in the film industry
  • Opportunities to dialogue about their work with other finalists and a general public audience
  • A chance to reflect on personal and professional aspirations as an artist in today’s societ

Furthermore, the following prizes will be awarded at the festival:

  • The World Youth Alliance Award for the most innovative portrayal of human dignity
  • The World Youth Alliance Artist Award for the most creative cinematography
  • The People’s Choice Award for the work most enjoyed by festival attendees
  • Following the festival, prize-winning films will be screened at the United Nations.

Application procedure

Complete the form including the online link to your film. Email the completed form to [email protected] by Monday, December 3rd, 2012! A panel of film industry experts will judge all submissions and invite a select number of directors to be Manhattan International Film Festival finalists. The work of these finalists will be featured in NY City at the Manhattan International Film Festival, February 22nd-24th, 2013.

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