The Dumbo Film Festival (DFF) is an annual live event in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It is one of the biggest film festivals in the neighborhood, showcasing the best of independent films worldwide. The Dumbo Film Festival attracts thousands of attendees and submissions yearly. We are proud to say that we have received more than 10,000 submissions from over 100 countries in the last four years,

Before the annual live event, we hold preselection competitions throughout the year to select films for each category. Our jury Committees for our live screening are made up of BAFTA and Academy award-winning filmmakers.

You can find information (deadlines and fees) about the current preselection competition on FilmFreeway. The 5th Dumbo Film Festival live event (2023 DFF) will occur in fall 2023, after all the preselection competitions are closed and the whole lineup to screen is chosen. The call for entries for the 2023 DFF is open.

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 best over the past year. This structure allows the festival to collect funds for the organization of the annual live event.

As a nonprofit organizationthe Dumbo Film Festival is totally independent, and the budget for each year’s live event is built out of the submission fees and donations.

This structure ensures everyone gets a fair chance throughout the year and highlights both established and emerging 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. Our annual event is a perfect opportunity for Producers and directors from around the world to meet and share new ideas. Likewise, filmmakers and other creatives can leverage the exposure our festival offers to start their journey towards achieving their prestigious goals. In fact, the DFF can be your stepping stone to go the distance (literally 2797 miles!) to the Oscars night.

Please check our 200+ reviews on FilmFreeway to get a feel of what filmmakers, writers, artists, and other creatives like you think about the Dumbo Film Festival.  

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 HBONetflixAmazonPBSBBC.

At least one film in our yearly lineup always makes it to the Oscars shortlist.

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).