The NYC Downtown Short Film Festival is a program of DMAC-Duo Multicultural Arts Center a (501 c3) non-profit organization located at 62 East 4th Street in New York City's East Village. The mission of DMAC is to create, promote and celebrate multicultural arts through theater, music, dance, art and film. Our screenings take place at our historic turn of the century theater where everyone from John Philip Sousa, Emma Goldman, Andy Warhol have graced our stage. The sensa mamma scene from The Godfather 2 was shot by Francis Ford Coppola in this theater.

Welcome to the 19th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (NYCDSFF). For the last 18 years our festival philosophy has been guided by the principle, "no red carpets, no celebrity judges, just great films."

In our small beautiful venue in the East Village of New York City we screen innovative, challenging and exciting short films. We give great importance to films created by Women, LGBTQ and International Directors and we also have a sweet spot for films created in our own back yard of New York City. In a digital world where more festivals are turning to digital online screenings we know that there is nothing else that rivals getting together with a group of strangers in a darkened space to experience the magic of film making. Dynamic, evocative, provocative. One must never underestimate the power of screening a new film for a NYC audience.

The NYCDSFF accepts submission in most genres (except for web series episodes, television pilots , music videos) provided they adhere to our time limitations. Films cannot be longer than 25 minutes to be considered by the festival.

Overall Rating
  • MSeven Laracuente

    This was a great event. Very well organized. It was a pleasure to be a part of it.

    December 2021
  • Most amazing experience! Warm, kind environment and great films in the line up

    November 2021
  • Loren Escandon

    Even though I couldn't make the trip to NYC, my guests very much praised the event, the programming, and the host. They called Michelangelo a true delight and loved the venue. Communication was prompt and kind at all times. I am so glad that the organizers were able to create a beautiful experience for all participants despite the challenges. I am personally grateful for our film Los Patines's recognition, and I highly recommend this festival.

    November 2021
  • Sean Danganan

    Thank you Michelangelo for everything you did to coordinate this amazing film festival. We had a blast attending the event and enjoying everyone's diverse creations. I loved how intimate the venue was and the ability to network with a few other filmmakers.

    November 2021
  • Melanie Zoey

    I would like to extend a huge thank you to Michelangelo and the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival team. This festival is truly intersectional - featuring films by and about minorities, LGBTQ and women. It is incredibly filmmaker friendly with low entry fees, low ticket cost, and a screening in the historical DMAC theater - right in the heart of the Lower East Side.

    July 2018