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 14th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (NYCDSFF).

For the past 13 years our screenings have been sold out events. In response to the number of New Yorkers who have expressed an interest in attending these screenings and the increasing number of films submitted, the NYCDSFF has changed the way we receive submissions to our festival and how we screen those films. We believe these changes better serve the needs of short film makers and audiences who want to see these new innovative, challenging and exciting films.

As films are received, they are pre-screened and those recommended by our selection committee are presented at monthly Audience Choice Screenings.

At these screenings, audience members along with our screening staff are given comment cards and asked to rate each film. The NYCDSFF will tally the results and the highest rated films will then be invited to participate in the 14th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival which will take place June 2018.

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 30 minutes to be considered by the festival.

Overall Rating
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    Jono Freedrix

    The NYC Downtown Short Film Fest has a great atmosphere in a historic theater. The festival director Michelangelo Alasa' treated us to wine (nice perk) and made everyone feel at home. Interesting and edgy films too!

    June 2017
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    Angel Janer

    Fantastic people, very hospitable, great opportunity to meet fellow movie lovers. I highly recommend it.

    June 2017
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    Guy Olivieri

    This is a wonderful, small festival, in a beautiful theatre. The films were great. The people were fantastic. And, it was run incredibly well. We were honored to have our film shown.

    June 2016
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    Pedro Solís García

    We could not attend the festival because of the distance so we can only value the other items. Comunication and networking were perfect as well as information about the winners.
    NYC Downtown Short Film Festival pay attention to details.

    June 2016