The Dumbo Film Festival is a yearly event structured in monthly contests. Every 2 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.

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.

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.

GRAND BRIDGE AWARD ($ 1,000)
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.

BEST IN CATEGORY AWARD
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.

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE (monthly nominees)
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
Experimental
Animation

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.

CATEGORIES
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.

COMPLETION DATE
In order to be accepted in the 2020 Dumbo Film Festival, your project will have to be completed after January 1, 2018.

SUBTITLES
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).

PRIOR SCREENINGS:
Dumbo Film Festival requests partial exclusivity in screening your film: your work must not be broadcast on any TV network. 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.

COPYRIGHT & LEGAL TERMS
By submitting your project at 2020 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).

REFUNDS
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.

DISQUALIFICATION
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
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  • Having my dance film COLONY as semi-finalist for your Festival, was a great honor. Thank you !

    September 2020
  • Hello,

    I'm Donny Walker, Multi International Award Winning Composer & Music Producer. My short film, 'Mind Exchange Music Presents: Layne Marie Williams The Adventures of Ms Glitch Live Film Score' won semifinalist for best short documentary. This competition was totally awesome and totally worth the time, I totally suggest you enter here! Great flow considering there's a pandemic happening.

    September 2020
  • Thank you very much for everything. Wonderful festival with an extraordinary selection of independent films. We wish you all the best for the future.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

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

  • I had the pleasure of submitting my film "Victor!!" and the festival coordinators were very timely in their communications and set all the right expectations. A great group of pros!!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

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

  • A magnificent Film Fest. Congratulations to all of you .Such a great honor for me . Be safe and stay strong .

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

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