The Dumbo Film Festival (DFF) is a yearly event structured in monthly contests. Every month, each of the categories will be awarded and a final ceremony will be held every year in New York City’s district of Dumbo to award projects that have been judged the very best over the past year. This structure is meant to highlight both affirmed and emergent filmmakers and to launch promising artists into the world film stage.


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The 2019 edition of the Dumbo Film Festival took place at the Made in NY Media Center on October 31 and November 1, 2019


The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is a terrific venue for screenings, receptions, art exhibitions.


The Fifth Sun

The Fifth Sun

The Fifth Sun is a 2018 documentary feature film directed by Matteo Maggi and starring himself, Brando Giannoni and Panu Heikkurinen. It’s a very interesting look at traveling.

Panu is a Finnish traveler. He is on a road trip from Helsinki to Cairns in Australia. He chases a full solar eclipse

Out of Crimes

Out of Crimes

Out of Crimes is a 2018 Chinese crime film directed by Peter ZUO and starring Jianjun Ding, Bo Dong and Haitao Wang among others. It’s a flawed, but mostly effective feature.

Miner Junpo’s daughter is seriously ill and needs urgent treatment. Unable to raise money anywhere for his child’s treatment, Junpo kidnaps his boss’s daughter.

Cosmos Obscura

Cosmos Obscura

Cosmos Obscura is a 2019 experimental short film directed, edited and produced by Kate Balsley. It’s a very atmospheric film.

The film is very experimental and abstract, somewhat similar to abstract art. It’s thus not for everyone, but it does manage to leave an artistic, positively weird impression owing to its strong mood very well accomplished due to great score and imagery.



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I originally planned to attend the opening day of the Dumbo Film Festival, but missed out on the opportunity to support the filmmakers. I took the next day off to watch the winning films. Great screening room, lovely hospitality. I really enjoyed the distinguished selection of films curated from around the world; they kept me fully engaged and inspired. The Q&As were well thought out. So glad I attended and look forward to next year.

Candice Delevante

November 2019

The organizers for the festival provided optimum service and are passionate about providing a platform for filmmakers like myself to express influential art.

Frederick Murphy

September 2019

The Dumbo Film Festival has really great programming and a cutting edge international selection. I was happy to be selected for it and wish them well for future events!
Great communication, value and followup, unfortunately I cannot comment on hospitality or networking as I have not attended yet – but if their communication and selection quality is anything to go on I am sure it can be highly recommended

Kathy Smith

August 2019