8th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
DUO Multicultural Arts Center (62 E. 4th St., Manhattan)
$10 in advance
Welcome to the 8th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. No matter how sophisticated your home cinema is there is nothing else that rivals getting together with a group of strangers in a darkened space to experience the magic of film making. In today’s attention-deficient world of YouTube, IMs, and blog posts, the short film has never been more relevant. The same can be said for the Annual NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, which attracts more submissions and a larger audience every year.
The NYCDSFF began 8 years ago with 12 submissions. Last year, 1,000’s of films were submitted — so many that the Festival Committee began holding monthly Audience Choice Screenings, with the winning films earning a spot at this year’s fest. Every year is a sell-out, so the 2011 festival is being expanded to 8 nights. Showcasing some of the best short films being produced in America and internationally, the festival’s line-up includes provocative dramas, clever comedies, edgy animation, and intriguing documentaries.