The Dumbo Film Festival (DFF) is an annual live event occurring in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Before the live event, a number of annual official selections for each category is chosen during preselection competitions (no screenings) throughout the year.
On FilmFreeway you can find information about the current preselection competition (deadlines and fees). The 4th Dumbo Film Festival live event will occur after all the preselection competitions are closed and the whole lineup to screen is chosen, on October 14-18, 2022.
All the officially selected films will be screened in Brooklyn, New York during the annual live screening event, and a final ceremony will be held to award projects that have been judged the very best over the past year.

This structure allows the festival to collect funds for the organization of the annual live event. As a nonprofit organization, the Dumbo Film Festival is totally independent and the budget for to allocate on every year’s live event is built out of the submission fees and donations.

This structure is also meant to give everyone a chance throughout the year and highlight both affirmed and emergent filmmakers by launching promising artists into the world film stage.

,By the end of the Seventies, a prosperous renewal has brought the district of Dumbo to a new life. The neighborhood has consequently become one of New York’s most glamorous districts alongside a thriving destination for artists.

On this background of revival, the DFF is establishing itself among the most important independent festivals in the world.
Producers and directors from around the world can meet and encounter new ideas.
Likewise, filmmakers can start the road to prestigious goals. In fact, the DFF can be your stepping stone to go the distance (literally 2797 miles!) to the Oscars night.
Many of our award-winning films are official selections or winners from Cannes, Berlinale, Raindance, Sundance, Tribeca, the Goya Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the American Academy Awards (Oscar®), and so on. Many have been distributed on major televisions and international platforms such as HBO, Netflix, Amazon, PBS, BBC.

A number of official selections will represent the following six categories, out of a series of non-screening preselection competitions:

Feature Narrative; Short Narrative; Feature Documentary; Short Documentary; Experimental; Animation.

The official selections, which will be screened in Brooklyn, will compete to win the Best in Category award and the Grand Bridge Award (Best film of the year).

You can read the submission guidelines here.