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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 Videology, located on 308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY on July 8 and 9, 2017. 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.
EXHIBITION & SCREENING
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 No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.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.
LOSS OR DAMAGE
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.
The official selected films will be screened on July 8 and 9, 2017 at Videology, 308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 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.
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
Saturday, July 8th // 12PM
Chasing Houses (Germany) - NYFW
Documentary film by Justin Time
The road movie documentary follows mobile homes accross the highway, connecting the grandiose vastness of the American West to the transitory nature of the homes and the tenuous life stories of their inhabitants. In fragmented stopovers, the film revolves around questions of home, belonging, wealth and the American Dream. Sketched encounters with a former Las Vegas showgirl, a desert recluse, a Navajo couple and a Tea Party member reveal views of hopes and dead-end prospects, class conflicts and the "moving-on mentality".
Celeste (New Zealand) - MANIFF
Documentary film by Kirsty Griffin, Viv Kernick
As the social butterfly of Amy Street, the fun-loving, theatrical Celeste spends her days surrounded by friends and flatmates. On the occasions where she needs some alone time, she enjoys setting herself up in her beautiful room, and watching back episodes of her favourite soap operas. At times the lines between reality and fantasy can become a little blurred.
911-PIZZA (Belgium) - BIFF
Short film by Elefterios Zacharopoulos
One day a woman call 911 and order a pizza ..... And if this. Time it's not a joke?
It was not me, We were all (Argentina) - MANIFF
Short film by Aukaleb Ankaro
Situated in Buenos Aires, deals with gender violence.
Still Life with Family (United States) - BIFF
Short film by Lizardo Reyes Jr.
A teenager realizes the alcoholism problem within his family and the damage that is left behind.
Conversations Centered Around Black Bodies: Black Lives Matter (United States) - BIFF
Short film by Christopher Conti
Two strangers intersect at a park bench and initiate an intimate conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement. This is the first of a series of vignettes featuring people of different perspectives relating to race relations in America. Conversations Centered Around Black Bodies aims to foster community and start a dialogue about real issues as it explores the intersections of identity.
If I Can Make It There (United States) - NYFW
Documentary film by Emanuele Sesta
Emily is a medical illustrator and Veronica is a graphic designer. They both live ordinary lives in an extra-ordinary city. It's all about the beautiful messiness of life. In New York.
Life in Boxes (Australia) - NYFW
Experimental film by Jason van Genderen
What started as an experimental Facebook post amongst 30 friends fast became an intensely intriguing insight into our relationship with life and time. Will you spend time or will time spend you? 'Life in Boxes' gifts a confronting invitation with audiences to seek a healthier relationship with what's left.
Saturday, July 8th // 2PM
Schirkoa (India) - NYFW
Animated film by Ishan Shukla
In the city of bag-heads, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman. A choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways.
Concrete and Crashpads: Stunts in New York (United States) - MANIFF
Documentary film by Stephen Koepfer, Matthew Kaplowitz
A documentary film that offers a glimpse into the invisible world of New York's booming stunt community. The life of a stunt performer is lived in the shadows, without fanfare or recognition. This film peeks into the lives of some of the men and women who put their bodies and lives on the line, or aspire to do so, for an audience that may not know they even exist.
Oleg's Choice (France) - MANIFF
Documentary film by Elena Volochine, James Keogh
Oleg’s Choice is a rare immersion into the private lives and thoughts of Russian combatants who have chosen to fight on the separatists side in Ukraine. Since the summer of 2014, thousands of young Russians poured into the Donbass region. Driven by Russian propaganda, they believed they were fulfilling their patriotic duty. Among the first wave of volunteers were Oleg and Max. Oleg was appointed deputy commander of a battalion, while Max became a soldier. Their illusions were shattered on the night of June 3rd 2015, when a battle went horribly wrong. While Oleg and Max continue to fight on the ground, they must also fight creeping doubts that they have that they ended up on the wrong side of the war. The film follows their introspection over the long term; the confession they have gone adrift, the search for meaning, the shock at realizing they have been misled - that they themselves have made mistakes to the frantic rhythm of a war that crushes bodies and reason. It is the story of the human face of a lie that confuses those involved. In this war rewritten by propaganda, where two parallel realities confront each other, they try in their own different ways to find a raison d’être. This is a human story on the borders of good and evil, where men are confronted by their own choices.
Saturday, July 8th // 4PM
Be my first (Japan) - BIFF
Short film by Philippe McKie
A young Japanese girl riding the train posts a message from her phone to an online thread: 'I'm a high-school student and I'm a virgin, does anyone want to pay to be my first? It has to be tonight.
In White (Lebanon) - BIFF
Short film by Dania Ddeir
Lara, a 24 year old Lebanese artist living in NYC, returns home to Beirut for her father’s funeral. Her elegant strong-willed mother, Rima, pushes for Lara to behave in accordance with the social mores of Beirut and the traditional ways of grieving. Lara, in mourning and in need of her family, yields. Her Jewish Canadian fiancee, Noah, shows up to support her - but is surprised to discover that Lara has never told her family about him. Lara can’t bring herself to risk losing her family but eventually must find a way to be true to herself.
Alex (United States) - MANIFF
Documentary film by Brian Inocencio, Nottapon Boonprakob
After a near fatal car accident, Alex’s life completely changed. This is a conversation between Alex and his mother Janet.
Two (United States) - NYFW
Experimental film by Tamara Hansen
This short film is about the relationship of two girls.
Ophelia (United States) - BIFF
Short film by Jamie Sims
What happens when grief becomes the third party in a relationship? What exists in the silence of the silent partner when the other descends into self-destruction? OPHELIA attempts to sound that depth by refocussing a classic story of mourning and madness through the lens of Shakespeare’s unsolvable puzzle - the inexplicable Ophelia. With her as witness, we experience Hamlet’s chaos, and perhaps come to know her own turmoil, as well. Can love serve as a life raft for her partner in distress, or will she be pulled under by it?
The Lines (United States) - NYFW
Feature film by Kiku Ohe
Struggling LA actress Grace agrees to deliver a van cross-country to make ends meet. Alone on the road, she rehearses lines for an up-coming audition. Meanwhile actor Jimmy is escaping the city for the desert in an effort to research his new role. On their mutually solitary journeys, they travel into the isolation of the natural world, in search for a new and deeper truth. THE LINES is a modern cinematic meditation that reinterprets the symbol of the American landscape. It explores a contemporary search for meaning and how we connect with each other and the world around us.
Sunday, July 9th // 12PM
Breaker (Japan) - NYFW
Short film by Philippe McKie
In tomorrow's Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it.
Cry of the City (United Kingdom) - NYFW
Short film by Boldizsar CR
COTC is a moral story about young people’s challenges when following their dreams in the Big City. Facing alienation and financial hardships often can lead to bad decisions in life.
Half-life in Fukushima (Switzerland) - BIFF
Documentary film by Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi
Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Naoto Matsumura, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto's lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity. He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity's need for a change.
A Perfect Circle (For my Dad) (United States) - MANIFF
Short film by Noah Engel
A Child draws a perfect circle for their father.
Ringo Rocket Star and his song for Yuri Gagarin (Netherlands) - NYFW
Short film by Rene Nuijens
‘Ringo Rocket Star and his song for Yuri Gagarin' is a dry tragic musical comedy (short) film about a gipsy guy who does think he can be famous by writing a song for the first man in the space 'Yuri Gagarin'...
The pencil (Switzerland) - NYFW
Short film by Basile Vuillemin
An unsharp pencil, it's very annoying
Prove It (France) - NYFW
Music Video by Ronald Grandpey
Official animated music video for 'Prove It' by avant garde rapper Kool A.D. (prod. Scoop DeVille).
Gretchen at the spinning wheel (Austria) - NYFW
Music Video by Magdalena Chmielewska
What is pure imagination and what reality? Magdalena Chmielewska’s dream-like portrayals Gretchen’s spinning and brooding in her love to Faust make it nearly impossible to differentiate. Her love is a constant toing and froing between pure passion and panic desperation, between slowing down and accelerating – the principle upon which Schubert’s masterpiece rests. Made under the auspices of Michael Haneke at the National Film and TV School in Vienna Filmakademie Wien.
Pizza Face (United States) - NYFW
Animated film by Justin Ulloa, Jamie Dwyer
A self-absorbed pizza waitress unleashes devastating horror after downloading a sinister mobile app.
He Is Vampire (United States) - MANIFF
Animated film by Cameron Stetz
A multimedia short taking the form of a PSA
Pattern Repeating (Norway) - NYFW
Music Video by HochR
A video work that tells the story of stark, latent family dynamics, where impotence, acceptance and hopelessness surface through the repetitiveness in our lives.
Sunday, July 9th // 2PM
Rough Waters (United States) - NYFW
Documentary film by Claire Imler, Troy Charbonnet
Submerged in the darkness of her depression, Katie struggles to stay afloat the rough waters in her life, but uncovers what matters most in her journey to recovery.
Suburbia (United States) - BIFF
Documentary film by Jenna Nash
Suburbia is a documentary about two young girls living in the suburbs of Orlando, FL and coping with emotional pain through daily use of drugs and alcohol.
Monkey's anomaly (Serbia) - NYFW
Experimental film by Darko Vukić
Based on Monkey that drinks ink which is a short story sorted by Umberto Eco in the Dictionary of Fantastical Creatures.
Microscopia (Austria) - NYFW
Animated film by Nikolaus Jantsch
The content of this work is about code, the code that surrounds us, that builds the chains of life, the code that is the source of all living and non living structures. Is there a relation between the macro and the micro world? has a bug a similar surface as the moon?
Experimental: No.1 / The Howling Winds (United States) - NYFW
Animated film by Atton Paul
Made in April, 2017
Stuff As Dreams (United Kingdom) - NYFW
Experimental film by Guli Silberstein
Panicked news reports from scenes of terror that may or may not have happened, and family and travelling images that might have been a dream or maybe not, are intertwined into a painterly collage breaking-up and collapsing into itself, exploring both personal and public perceptions of an increasingly fractured world.
The Abstract Impression on Water (Poland) - NYFW
Animated film by Małgorzata Andrys
The Abstract Impression on Water.
Retox (Canada) - BIFF
Experimental film by Elana Emer
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
Carpathian Pass (United States) - MANIFF
Experimental film by Gus Reed
Carpathian Pass is an experimental / personal essay short dealing with the persistent memory of a mysterious childhood trauma.
Threshold (Argentina) - BIFF
Feature film by Claudio Perrin
An empty house at night. Heartrending screams coming from the streets and five persons who transgress the threshold to remain besieged, right after the murder they left behind. Feature Film inspired in a real story: the lynching of a youngster accused of robbery.
Sunday, July 9th // 4PM
The only one (Poland) - MANIFF
Animated film by Pani Pawlosky
This is a surrealistic vision of love, desire and broken heart.
Frankie Keeps Talking (United States) - MANIFF
Short film by Annabelle Attanasio
A feminist farce about the severity of frustration a young woman feels when she realizes her date will not stop talking. Feeling invisible and infuriated, she goes to drastic lengths for his attention.
EnGaged - Carolyn Gage On Stage and Off (United States) - BIFF
Documentary film by Jenna Orkin
This short documentary focuses on lesbian playwright Carolyn Gage as she prepares to go on stage for her one-woman play, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc. An intensely personal artist, she discusses her evolution from what was considered in her youth to be the "normal" path for a woman to take, to recovering memories of abuse by her father and coming out as a lesbian. This psychological development dovetailed with her embarking on a career as a writer in a niche which was also, at that time, revolutionary. The segments of her play chosen for inclusion in the documentary highlight previously unexplored aspects of the life of St. Joan - such as evidence that she, too, was a lesbian - and experiences with which, it is apparent, the playwright strongly identifies.
Little Big - Hateful Love (Russian Federation) - MANIFF
Music Video by Iliya Prusikin, Alina Pasok
Little Big – first russian rave music band, who explode the dancefloors not only in Russia, but abroad. Every song, video and performance of the band is an image of social events, that occur in the world. Musicians touch actual problems of the country and stereotypes about Russia. Real trash, a riot of color, balancing on the edge of absurdity combined with rave, powerful electronic music with the elements of hip-hop.
Black Cat & i-Pad (Bulgaria) - NYFW
Short film by Neno Belchev
The video is a part of Neno’s series of videos "HIT IT ON YOUR HEAD", which deal with our prejudices.
Eros Diary (United States) - MANIFF
Experimental filmy Morrison Gong
This frankly explicit film investigates the ecstasy, intimacy, and ambivalent emotions of sex and how it both does and doesn’t connect two people from different ethnic backgrounds.
The F Word (United States) - NYFW
Experimental film by Sam Bovard
Not what you think.
Imaginary Pilot (Russian Federation) - MANIFF
Experimental film by Alexey Tomilov
Contact with people is represented danger, but avoiding it, you get to a situation even more awful when surrounding people start seeming ugly, and it isn't visible beauty.
Public Intimacy (Brazil) - MANIFF
Feature film by Luciana Canton
Public Intimacy is a movie about how we deal with sexuality and love on public and private levels. The four stories of "Public Intimacy" deal with urgent and profound themes, like homofobia, prostitution, transsexuality and madness. "Public Intimacy" proposes a cinema that is focused on its characters. They struggle to become who they really are.