Dumbo Film Festival is a yearly event structured in monthly contests. Every month, each of the categories will be awarded and a final ceremony will be held every year in New York City’s district of Dumbo to award projects that have been judged the very best over the past year. This structure is meant to highlight both affirmed and emergent filmmakers and to launch promising artists into the world film stage.

By the end of the Seventies, a prosperous renewal has brought the district of Dumbo to a new life, and it is now considered to be one of New York’s most glamorous districts and a thriving destination for artists to meet and share their thoughts.
On this background of revival within the New York panorama, DFF aims to establish itself among the most important independent festivals in the world.
Producers and directors from around the world can meet each other here, encounter new ideas, and begin working toward prestigious goals.

DFF can be your stepping stone to go the distance (literally 2797 miles!) to Oscars night.
DFF is organized into six categories: Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. The monthly nominees will receive a certificate of excellence and be granted access to the final phase of the competition.

This Award is for the best work in contest.
Eligibility: chosen among the 6 winners of the 6 DFF film categories.
Jury: This award is assigned by the Board of Directors of the Festival.

Assigned to the best film in each category:

1. Narrative Feature – Prize: Trophy ($500)
2. Documentary Feature – Prize: Trophy ($500)
3. Short Narrative – Prize: Trophy ($500)
4. Short Documentary – Prize: Trophy ($500)
5. Experimental – Prize: Trophy ($500)
6. Animation – Prize: Trophy ($500)

Jury: This award is assigned by the panels of Judges.

The monthly winners will be automatically selected for the annual exhibition. Each of the nominees will have the opportunity to win two awards: the Best in Category Award and the GRAND BRIDGE AWARD.

Certificates are assigned to the monthly winners in each category:

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Short Narrative
Short Documentary

Terms & Conditions
This competition is open to either U.S. and International projects, as long as your project will comply with Dumbo Film Festival’s Terms and Conditions. You can check the following for further information.

In order to be accepted, your submission must fall in one of the following categories:

1) Short Narrative – Duration/Running Time: No more than 60 minutes
2) Feature Narrative – Duration/Running Time: No less than 60 minutes
3) Short Documentary – Duration/Running Time: No more than 50 minutes
4) Feature Documentary – Duration/Running Time: No less than 50 minutes
5) Experimental – Duration/Running Time: No limitations
6) Animation – Duration/Running Time: No limitations

Submission to the wrong category will result in disqualification.
Please have care to choose the correct category for your entry project. You will not be notified in case of mistake.

In order to be accepted in the 2019’s edition of Dumbo Film Festival, your project will have to be completed after January 1, 2017.

For your submission to be accepted, your foreign-language project must be equipped with English subtitles. In the event subtitles are missing, you will be notified by email and asked to update your work. If your updated submission will fail to be provided by the final deadline, your work will be disqualified with no refunds of the submission fees (See “REFUNDS” herein).

Dumbo Film Festival requests partial exclusivity in screening your film: your work must not be broadcast on any TV network before March 2, 2019. Nonetheless, private, industry, press screenings, as well as previous screenings at other film festivals are allowed.
The “New York Premiere” status is recommended, but not mandatory.

By submitting your project at 2019 Dumbo Film Festival, the submitter and filmmakers associated with the entry project warrant as follows:
-You authorize your project to be exhibited at the Dumbo Film Festival;
-You accept to hold full legal responsibility for the intellectual property herein;
-Your project does not infringe any trademark, agreement, copyright, artistic, personal, civil, privacy, moral right of any person, firm, corporation or association;
-In the event of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered, you accept to indemnify and hold harmless the Dumbo Film Festival from and against any resulting claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court).

You will not be eligible to any refund of submission fees for any reason (either in case of withdrawal and disqualification – see “DISQUALIFICATION” herein), once your film is in “In Consideration” status on the platform FilmFreeway.

Any failure to comply with one or more of the Dumbo Film Festival’s Terms and Conditions related to will result in disqualification:
-Submissions: included and not limited to wrong category submissions (see “CATEGORIES”), failure to pay submission fees by the deadline, double submissions (excepted for updated subtitled versions – see “SUBTITLES”);
-Completion Dates (herein “COMPLETION DATES”)
-Subtitles (herein “SUBTITLES”)
-Prior Screenings (herein “PRIOR SCREENINGS”)
-Copyright and Legal Terms (herein “COPYRIGHT & LEGAL TERMS”)

Overall Rating
  • Kathy Smith

    The Dumbo Film Festival has really great programming and a cutting edge international selection. I was happy to be selected for it and wish them well for future events!

    Great communication, value and followup, unfortunately I cannot comment on hospitality or networking as I have not attended yet -but if their communication and selection quality is anything to go on I am sure it can be highly recommended

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Kathy!
    Thank you for the 5 star review! We are very happy you enjoyed our Festival. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

  • Viktoria Haiboniuk

    It was an honor to have my short doc "If These Walls Could Talk" screened at Dumbo Film Festival. I really appreciated great communication from the organizers. Hope your first year goes well!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Viktoria!
    Thank you for the 5 star review! We are very happy you enjoyed our Festival. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

  • Really cool Festival in the US! Great communication and Networking! So happy to be an Official Selection with my short movie "The Family, Your Choice".

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Andrea!
    Thank you for the 5 star review! We are very happy you enjoyed our Festival. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

  • Dominic Higgins

    It is a privilege to have our film “7 Days” make the selection for the Dumbo Film Festival Monthly award. It’s wonderful to know that the story of a local hero like Dave can resonate with an international audience. Thank you Dumbo Film Festival, we wish you the very best for the future!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Dominic! Thank you for the lovely review!Looking forward to seeing your next project. Keep up the great work :)

  • Thank you to the Dumbo Film festival, humbled that they selected "Deep Under." Hope the first year goes well and leads to better years ahead for this festival.

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hello Eric,
    Thank you for the 5 star review!
    We are honoured that you chose to share your work with our Festival and we are excited to see what you do next.