DC Shorts International Film Festival 2020

From a press release:

Travel the Globe from Home, view 163 films from 34 countries

Washington, D.C. – DC Shorts International Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is an award-winning, internationally recognized film festival held every September in Washington, D.C. DC Shorts champions short films and the filmmakers who create them. DC Shorts believes in the power of short films to democratize filmmaking, permitting diverse voices to be heard from around the globe. It proudly serves to present these voices to vast audiences every year since 2003.

BLACKN3SS: Between melanin and far away planets, BLACKN3SS proposes a dive into the journey of the black youth of São Paulo city. A documentary on blackness, queerness and spacial aspirations of the diaspora’s children.

DC Shorts kicks off its 17th film festival on Thursday, Sept. 10, and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year’s edition of the festival is ‘all online’ and includes 163 films from 34 countries screened in 20 showcases.

Of the 20 showcases, ten are theme or genre specific, including Animation Domination, Comedy, LGBTQ, Triple Threat (performers), Sexus Nexus, Horror, Sci-Fi, Documentary, and Homegrown (local DC areas filmmakers’ shorts). The second ten showcases are what have come to be known by DC Shorts fans as ‘cinematic dim sum,’ programmed to cover several genres and creating an experience that provides something exciting for everyone. Showcases run from 2 to 30 minutes in length and are presented in 90-minute to 120-minute programs.

This year’s films were selected from more than 1,300 submissions, with the final Official Selections including 13 online World Premiers, 14 North American Premieres, 7 US Premieres, 28 East Coast Premiere, 70 DC Premieres.

Butterflies in Berlin: Alex moves to Berlin in 1933, during the Weimar Republic period. Looking for his place in the world and his sexual identity, he becomes the first out-of-surgery transsexual in History.

While we will miss having the filmmakers here in DC and the interactions with our live audiences, we’re so excited to share these amazing films from around the globe with everyone throughout the U.S. We are looking at these trying times as “trying” times, attempting new platforms and reaching new audiences while maintaining the feel and the flavor of the festival.

We’re programming the usual engaging filmmaker talkbacks, panel discussions, and workshops, just all online this year. The variety and quality of films screening at DC Shorts 2020 will enable us to provide what the film-loving community seeks and appreciates – authentic experiences through shared emotional familiarity, bringing us closer together in a manner that has never been more important as it is during a year with COVID-19 separating so many.

Joe Bilancio, DC Shorts Programming Director
1619: The Long Road Home: Wanda Tucker, a 61-year-old African American, is trying to document an audacious claim: that her family, the Tuckers of Tidewater Virginia, are directly descended from the first child born to the first Africans to arrive on the mainland of English America 400 years ago. Her journey is the dream of millions of African Americans: to connect with their history and walk the path of their ancestors.

DC Shorts Individual Online Showcases are $12 each, and the All Access Online Pass is $75. Purchase tickets and see details on the films at dcshorts20.eventive.org.

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