DC Shorts WINS – Best of the Fest

From a press release:

ANNUAL WINTER SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING DC SHORTS FILMS MOVES TO ALL ONLINE FORMAT
Three Showcases of 15 Short Films from Australia, Spain, Norway, Kosovo, Argentina, Canada, Palestine, USA

Washington, D.C. – DC Shorts WINS – Best of the Fest, the DC Film Alliance annual winter program screening of all short films that won Jury Awards or Audience Awards last September at the DC Shorts International Film Festival, has moved to an All Online format this year.

GRAB MY HAND: A LETTER TO MY DAD
Jury Award Winner: Outstanding Animated Short
A personal story of grief, those we look up to, and how the interactions we may deem insignificant may play a huge part in how we live our lives.

With 15 award-winning shorts screening in three online showcases from Feb. 24 through March 1, 2021, the DC Shorts WINS line-up includes films from eight countries, with a range of genres including Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ, Animation, Horror and Documentary.

BLACKFEET BOXING: NOT INVISIBLE
Jury Award Winner: Outstanding Documentary Short 
A boxing gym on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation teaches young girls how to defend themselves in response to over 100 Native American girls and women from Montana having disappeared, been murdered, or their status remains unknown in the past two years.

Other topics and themes covered include: women’s empowerment on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation (Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible), and a single mother struggle (Vlora), conflict in the West Bank (The Present); family relationships – a son’s grief (Grab My hand: A Letter To My Dad), and additions to the family (Heading South); and comedies that touch upon changing culture (Coffee Shop Names) (The Manchador).

COFFEE SHOP NAMES
Audience Award Winner
Three Indian people imagine their personas as their “coffee shop names,” the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

Many of these films have received accolades worldwide and are in the running for Academy Award nominations, including The Present, from Palestine, which is currently on the Oscars official shortlist.

DC Shorts WINS is the perfect way to spend a few winter hours, enjoying acclaimed films, visually traveling the globe with these absorbing, thought-provoking, and impactful shorts. It’s like a rollercoaster ride of emotions in the best possible way.

Joe Bilancio, DC Shorts Programming Director

DC Shorts WINS Showcases A and B are $12 each, or purchase the Double Header Pass for $20. Purchase tickets and see details on the films at wins.dcshorts20.com.

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