Frequently Asked Questions

 When can I submit my film?

Every two months, DFF provides for awarding a winner (annual finalist) for each of the six categories.
Yearly, during a ceremony in the New York’s district of Dumbo, the filmmakers who have distinguished themselves over the past 12 months will be competing for two different awards (Best in Category Award and GRAND BRIDGE AWARD).
You can only submit your film once in a year, chosing a bimonthly competition and carefully checking the monthly submission deadlines available here on FilmFreeway. At the end of every bimonthly competition, the DFF will announce the annual finalists that will be granted access to the final annual event, held in Dumbo, NY in September.

Can I submit my film if it was, is, or will be available before the DFF for viewing?

We will reject any project that was broadcast/available online before the DFF event date.

Does my film have to be a premiere to submit?

No premiere status is mandatory, even if a New York Premiere status is suggested.

Can I Submit More Projects?

You can submit more than one project, provided that each submission must be done separately.

Will I be notified if my film was selected?

You will receive an email on our notification date. The “Semi-finalist” status on FilmFreeway means that your film has passed the first pre-selection phase. Only the bimonthly winners (marked by the “FINALIST” status on FilmFreeway) will have their screening opportunity as yearly nominees at the final event of the Dumbo Film Festival.
Only the bimonthly winners will appear on the DFF website and social platforms.

Will I be notified if my film won at the monthly event?

Only the bimonthly winners will be notified and will receive the Certificate of Excellence.

What Submission Formats Do You Accept for Entry?

We ask you the link and password for online private view. All platforms are fine (Youtube/Vimeo/VK …).

If the Film Is in a Language Other Than English, Do You Require Subtitles?

As reported in DFF Terms & Conditions, English subtitles for non-English dialogues are required. If your foreign-language project is not equipped with English subtitles, we will notify you by email and ask you to re-upload (for free) an update of your entry.
We strongly recommend subtitled entries, other than over-dubbed entries.