2021 DC Shorts International Film Festival Sept 9-19!

Ten Days of Online & Live Film Screenings, Workshops & Talkbacks

Washington, DC – The DC Shorts International Film Festival kicks off its 18th annual festival on Sept 9, 2021, and runs through Sunday, Sept 19th.

Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color about the first Black woman to mount a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972, and the first Black woman to have her paintings exhibited in the White House in 2009

DC Shorts 2021 is a hybrid film festival screening 95 short films in 18 showcases online, available in North America for the duration of the festival, and screening five in-person showcases in partnership with DCJCC (Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC – 1529 16th St NW, DC 20036) at their JxJ Theater.

Two additional in-person screenings will be held at the at Goethe-Institut Washington (1377 R St NW, DC 20009). Live events will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination before entering venues and masks will be required for the duration of the screenings and events.

Ourselves, in Stories, about the independent comics community’s deliberate efforts to be inclusive and elevate under-represented voices

This year’s films were selected from more than 900 submissions, with the 95 final Official Selections including four World Premieres, seven North American Premieres, and five US premieres, and hailing from 26 countries. Official Selection showcases present films that are varied in subject and genre, that are from 2 to 40 minutes in length, and are presented in 90-minute programs.

Oversight tells the story of how the DC Office of Inspector General has shaped the District by fighting fraud, abuse, and neglect

DC Shorts 2021 includes four free filmmaker workshops for aspiring filmmakers of all levels in collaboration with WIFV (Women in Film & Video Washington DC), WALA (Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts), and the GMU Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic. Workshops include Film Budgeting 101, Screenwriting for Short Films, Law 101 for Filmmakers, and the WALA/GMU Legal Drop-In Clinic.

We are so thrilled to be presenting a hybrid festival this year, allowing the local DC community to safely gather and enjoy the full in-theater DC Shorts Showcase experience. As always, we’ve programmed an excellent variety of film styles, genres, and themes in each showcase emphasizing all that the craft of filmmaking has to offer.

Joe Bilancio, DC Shorts Director of Programming

DC Shorts General Admission for Showcases is $15 for Live showings, $12 for Online. An All Access Pass is available for either Live or Online for $75, with an All Access Festival Pass available for $140. Purchase tickets and see showcase details at dcshorts2021.eventive.org

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