14​th​ Annual DC Shorts Film Festival

14​th​ Annual DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

More films, bigger parties and new partners bring new energy and diverse perspectives to DC’s “Best Film Festival.”
September 7-17, 2017

DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, Sept 7 through 17, 2017.

This year’s festival received a record breaking 1500+ film submissions and 77 screenplay submissions. It will screen nearly 170 films from over 30 countries and present 6 screenplays in a live reading showcase. The 11-day event will include film screenings of shorts in every conceivable genre and style, filmmaker Q&As, industry workshops, parties, networking events and more.

It seems like the only thing I can say each year is that our local film festival is, once again, bigger than ever. And it’s a great opportunity to participate in a film festival, and see short films with subject matter you aren’t likely to see shared by the viral websites on your Facebook feed. No text at the top and bottom here.

DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition — The 17 Unique Showcases are comprised of 123 Official Selections from over 30 countries. Each showcase presents films that vary in subject and genre but all are shorts, 2 to 30 minutes long and are presented in 90-minute programs with filmmaker Q&As to follow. Of the 123 Official Selections, 15 are world, 6 North American, 5 U.S., and 25 are East Coast premieres.

In addition to the Official Selection Showcases are themed showcases:

I’m going to highlight a few films I’ve seen that I enjoyed and hopefully, even if you aren’t able to attend in person, you’ll take advantage of the option to watch them in the online festival.

Hell You Talmbout: Seattle’s Northwest Tap Connection, a race and social justice-oriented dance studio, responds to the deaths of unarmed black lives at the hands of police officers, using dance as passionate protest in a call to say their names, see their names, and feel their names.

There isn’t much to say about this short, you just have to see it and feel it. I’m sure many people have the thoughts or feelings of “what can I do?” in the wake of police violence and the loss of black lives and this is one expression of that which exemplifies what art is for.

Speechless: A little boy walks through a toy store full of people talking a strange and incomprehensible language. Alone he bonds with a young mother who finds a way to communicate with him without words.

I’ll admit, I have cried over phone company commercials, but this film near annihilated me–in a good way. Only reason I held it in was because I was surrounded by media professionals. It purposely doesn’t have a language, and uses a made up one to convey a story that doesn’t really need words to tell.

Second to None: Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman becomes the world’s oldest man with a mere minute gap between them, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place.

Start with sibling rivalry, add in some Looney Tunes meets Rube Goldberg, and a soupçon of Unfortunate Events and this short has everything.

The Whole World: As he does every year, Julián visits his dead mother in the village cemetery. She appears to him and they make plans together as she devises them and he obeys. But this year, Julián is going to get a very special request from his mother that will surprise… the whole world.

Another tear-jerker, not because sad, but because I–and I suspect so many people–wish it could have been this way for us. A beautiful story of how a young man fulfilling the requests of his dead mother realizes how much she made a difference, not just in his own life, but to so many others too.

I’m definitely looking forward to this year’s events! :mrgreen:

What: DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition – Almost 170 films from over 30 countries, 6 screenplays in a live reading showcase, special short film showcases, competitions and parties.  A full list of films, showcases and events are listed online.

Where: The festival’s events open to the public are being hosted throughout the city including the following locations. Check specific event details for location online.

  • Landmark E Street Cinema / 555 11th Street, NW
  • Miracle Theatre / 535 8th Street, SE
  • Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center / 3200 Martin Luther King Ave, SE
  • Rooftop @ Carroll Square / 975 F Street, NW
  • Dupont Underground / 19 Dupont Circle, NW
  • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop / 545 7th Street, SE
  • Farragut Park / 1700 K Street, NW

When: September 7-17, website for full schedule.

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