DC Shorts International Film Festival 2020
From a press release:
DC SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MOVES TO AN ‘ALL ONLINE’ FORMAT INCLUDING THE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, FREE FILMMAKER WORKSHOPS, PANELS, AND PARTIES
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.
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.
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
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.