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 17th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (NYCDSFF). For the last 16 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 here 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
  • 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
  • Anabella Lenzu

    Thanks Michelangelo Alasa for the amazing opportunity to present my dance film "No more beautiful dances" at the 14th Annual NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. Honored to receive the Award for best dance film.
    Gracias de corazón for your encouragement and generosity.
    Your trust in me and my work make me continue!!!!!

    June 2018
  • Such an amazing people, the communication was great, the screening is so nice surrounded by such a good people, really nice to meet you all, great experience.

    June 2018
  • Eileen Kearney

    This festival was a gem!!! Michelangelo's appreciation of the filmmakers was so genuine. The venue is really cool, a historic building in the heart of the lower east side. The films were of incredible quality and variety. Do not hesitate to enter this one of a kind festival. Such a great experience!!! Thank you!

    June 2018
  • martin del carpio

    It was such a great experience being a part of this festival this year. A great eclectic selection of films chosen not so much for their technical abilities but also for the depth the stories had. Well worth it if you're looking to be a part of something bigger with heart and soul.

    June 2018