A GLIMPSE INTO THE 5TH EDITION

 

In cinematic memory, DUMBO is the iconic glimpse between buildings immortalized in one of the scenes from Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America.”

The 2023 edition, the fifth one, of the Dumbo Film Festival (DFF) has concluded. The opening night took place on October 19th at Randolph Beer. Screenings were held on October 20-21 at the projection room of the prestigious 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The event ultimately wrapped up on October 22nd with the awards ceremony in the heart of the DUMBO district, featuring the customary presentation of the trophy – the Grand Bridge Award – to the best film in competition: “Bleeding Love” (United States) directed by Emma Westenberg. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Clara McGregor.

 

DUMBO is one of the most fascinating and renowned districts in Brooklyn. It sits right under the Manhattan Bridge, boasting a park and a marvelous view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the skyline of the Big Apple. In cinematic memory, DUMBO is the iconic glimpse between buildings immortalized in one of the scenes from Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America.”

Since its inception, the DFF has accompanied several works on the road to Oscar nominations.

The significance of this fifth edition lies in the continuity and growth of our festival over the years. Since its inception, we have tirelessly worked to curate a variety of high-quality films, to provide unique experiences to our audiences, and to create an environment that celebrates the beauty and power of cinema. This year too, we aimed to look at the world around us, with all its problems and contradictions, but also with its beauty and diversity.
Thus, with a keen eye on current affairs, we journey with Matthew Danzico (“War Games”) to Ukraine amidst the devastated streets of Bucha and Irpin, or to Capitol Hill, with director Sandi Bachom, who recounts the January 2021 insurrection (“True Believers at the Insurrection”). Nadia Bedzhanova’s “Beware of Dog,” a contender for the 2020 Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival, follows the alienated and extreme lives of some youths across Moscow, Berlin, and New York.

Emma Westenberg’s poignant road movie “Bleeding Love” delves into the complicated relationships between parents and children, starring Ewan McGregor as the father, alongside his daughter Clara McGregor.

The theme of human extinction is tackled in Leaf Lieber’s “Burrow,” previously selected at the Tribeca Film Festival 2023. Directly from the London Film Week, Mat Sheldon’s “The Electricity in Me” narrates an unwanted pregnancy. “Tommies” by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston takes us back to Regency-era London with stunning performances by Sarah Winter, Claudia Jolly, and Marion Baileym – the latter being a winner for the television series “The Crown” of two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Since its inception, the DFF has accompanied several works on the road to Oscar nominations. Among others: the American “SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING” directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz; the Kyrgyz “AURORA” by Bekzat Pirmatov, and the Norwegian “SPARKEKORET” by Torfinn Iversen.

To enrich the event, collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum, which this year celebrates the genius of director Spike Lee

The official lineup for 2023, the result of a selection from over 2,500 submissions worldwide, comprised 37 films competing for the Best in Category Award and the Grand Bridge Award; the jury, as in past editions, consisted of high-profile directors, awarded or selected by major film festivals: Anastasia Veber, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2022 Berlinale; Gulistan Mirzaei, Academy® nominee (2022); Aleksandra Odic, Cannes Film Festival nominee; John Carluccio, multiple Emmy nominee; Vincent Liota, Emmy nominee.
To enrich the event, collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum, which this year celebrates the genius of director Spike Lee, with an exhibition of set pieces and memorabilia from the author’s collection.

An  out-of-competition  screening of  the documentary “Miami Bull”,  inspired  by global bull  sculptures  like  the

Charging Bull by Wall Street’s Arturo Di Modica, will conclude the festival lineup. Commissioned by Florida-based financial technology company TradeStation Group, the Miami Bull is a collaboration among Italian-American creatives, including branding agency Octonano and the SMALL Advertising Agency, with artist Furio Tedeschi crafting the ultramodern sculpture using 3D rendering, and the renowned Onyx Forge studio constructing the 11-foot sculpture.

We are proud to have built a festival that is gaining an excellent reputation in the film community over time, and that continues to grow year after year, with over 13,000 submissions in 5 years, 215 films selected from the first edition, including 3 finalists at the Academy Awards®. We hope to share with you the enthusiasm and excitement of the upcoming edition, the sixth Dumbo Film Festival.