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International Film Festival Manhattan

'QuotesMy unforgettable experience and win at the IFFM was the catalyst that I had needed to encourage me to follow the path that I have always wanted. The support, encouragement and belief of the festival members in the films and filmmakers is nothing short of inspiring. I am forever grateful to IFFM for pushing me in the right direction and I know that your mission and passion for film will inspire more filmmakers and artists to create and produce great work. Thank you for allowing a neophyte such as myself to have the platform for creative expression. I am honored and forever indebted.

Maria Diane Ventura

Director/Writer/Producer "TheRapist" IFFM Alum 2012

I deeply resonate with the mission of International Film Festival Manhattan. IFFM's dedication to the world is most precious, noting its significance in placing its base and sending out clear and productive visions from Manhattan, NY, the center of Worldwide Art Culture. I have no doubt that IFFM would lead our world to a better place, and here I send my deepest respect and appreciation for your contribution to our society.

Tetsu Shiratori Director

INORI - Prayer-Conversation w/ Something Great, IFFM Alum 2012

Winning an International Film Festival Manhattan New York City 2015 Best Actor for Short Film has changed my life for the best like never been before. It's the greatest honor and recognition any actors will ever receive by giving pride & honor to our country, the Philippines. My win was published online and in the daily broadsheets both in the US of A and in the Philippines for months. I was considered the Festival Superstar that night in the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate General NYC because of my highly emotional acceptance speech. Because of that honor, I was given a certificate of recognition by my alma mater during the silver jubilee homecoming and the Presidential state honor in the 8th Ani ng Dangal 2016. Thank you, Sir Luis Pedron and thank you to my IFFM NYC family. I love you all.

Albert Chan Paran

Actor "Julie" Alum 2015

IFFM gave my film a real head start in the industry. It's a great place for burgeoning filmmakers to get noticed and to take risks! For photography: View videos: View my award-winning web series:

Steven De Castro IFFM Alum 2011 2012

It was my first time in New York last November 2012. My flight was late so I went to IFFM awards straight from the airport. I was immediately awarded with Best Global Narrative for my movie "The Foreigner" and asked to appear on stage. It was a great experience. Me and my wife had a wonderful week at IFFM thanks to Luis, Gerry and the whole crew of the festival. We've met many nice people there and we were threaded with hospitality. I recommend it to everyone who are making movies.

Niki Iliev

Director/Producer/Actor "The Foreigner" IFFM Alum 2012

As independent filmmakers, we have seen how Luis Pedron is an integral and visible part of the film community in New York. Through his leadership in film festivals and his support of individual films, New Yorkers have been given rare opportunities to see films from all over the world. In particular, his discovery and support of exceptional artists both here and abroad is indispensable. Luis has enabled thousands of people to learn about and experience the work of countless talented filmmakers.

Steven de Castro / Rose Yapching

Producers, IFFM Alum 2011 & 2012

The IFFM 2012 was a wonderful event. Produced well by Luis Pedron and his team and there were a number of films that were displaying awesome talent from all over the world. It gave me an opportunity to showcase some of the work my team and I were able to put together on short notice. A festival worth being part of. www.benvanbergen.comQuotes

Ben van Bergen

Director/Writer/Producer "1-800-MOB-DIRECT" IFFM Alum 2012

It was a pleasurable and humbling experience for our first film festival screening at the IFFM 2012. We learned a lot from it and will continue growing with the IFFM family.

Kevin Leigh, Actor/Producer "Battery Acid"

Alain Le, Director, Producer "Battery Acid" IFFM Alum 2012

International Film Festival Manhattan has the greatest impact and so that you can grow as a filmmaker and get more exposure. Producers and distributors are discovering potential filmmakers in this prestigious film festival. I am incredibly honored, proud and blessed to be part of this international film festival.

Perry Escano

Director/Producer "Alibi" IFFM Alum 2012

My experience with the coordinators and staff of the International Film Festival Manhattan was a pleasant one. The screenings were in the heart of the East Village and the festival q&a interviews during the beginning of each evening were an added bonus.

Lovari (Executive Producer - Saving Julian)

Recording Artist/SAG-AFTRA Actor, IFFM Alum 2012