The Dumbo Film Festival is an annual event structured in bi-monthly or four-monthly contests. Every two or four months, 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.

Main missions of the nonprofit Dumbo Film Festival Inc. are:

• highlighting the young and artistic heart of Dumbo district by making it an appealing destination for both emergent and affirmed filmmakers to share their talent and sensitivity;

• becoming a den for cinema lovers by organizing competitions, screenings, galas and related activities;

• building a bridge among the many different cultures that can be experienced under the wing of independent cinema (thus contributing to raising tolerance and familiarity towards different ways of life, traditions and new points of view).

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.

Many of our award-winning films have been nominated for, or won, at the Goyas Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the American Academy Awards (Oscar®). They have also been distributed on major televisions and international platforms such as HBO, Netflix, Amazon, PBS, BBC.

DFF is organized into six categories: Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. The bi-monthly or four-monthly nominees will be screened in DUMBO and compete to win the Best in Category award and the Grand Bridge award.

This Award is for the best work in contest.
Eligibility: chosen among all the finalists.
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
2. Documentary Feature – Prize: Trophy
3. Short Narrative – Prize: Trophy
4. Short Documentary – Prize: Trophy
5. Experimental – Prize: Trophy
6. Animation – Prize: Trophy

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

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE (given to the official selections)
The bi-monthly or four-monthly winners will have accesso to 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 bi-monthly or four-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 2022 Dumbo Film Festival, your project will have to be completed after January 1, 2019.

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 have been broadcast on any TV network or be publicly available online before the event date. 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 2022 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
  • Thank you for selecting our documentary "The Disparity". What a great honor that is. Bless you all!

    Madeline Kelley (Scriptwriter & Movie Producer)
    Kamnar Productions, LLC

    September 2021
  • A "Semi-Finalist" for SHORT NARRATIVE! So cool! We're honored! Thank you so much! "MarriageFit"

    August 2021
  • The organizers are remarkable. Thank you so much

    August 2021
  • Happy to be included in with our company's first film. Looking forward to the screenings.

    August 2021
  • Gabriela Daniels

    Absolutely useless festival. Festivals without film screening or at least an online screening where all the participants get laurels and some sort of a mock prize are just devaluing any other festival participation. Unfortunately these festival "hybrids" have sprung up during COVID and are only designed to make money.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hello Gabriela,

    Your film competed during the 2021 February-March bimonthy competition, but did not make it to be the official selection.
    We are glad to invite you to the 2021 live screening event taking place at the Firelight Studios and Usagi Gallery in DUMBO on September 3-7: all the 2021 annual official selections will be screened on September 4-7 and the winners will be awarded in-person on the evening of September 7. You can check the schedule and film guide on our website.

    Regarding our being a "hybrid" fraudolendly generated by covid, the DFF was born in fall 2018, totally unaware of a future planetary pandemic.
    If you allow us to point this out, we also started initiatives and fundraisings last year, just in order to be helpful and do our part in this disaster. Please feel free to take a closer look at our official website.
    Also, please, always double-check a festival's website before offending a whole crew.

    Thank you for your review and see you in DUMBO,

    DFF Team