DC Shorts Film Festival 2017 in Washington, DC

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Dates: September 7-17, 2017

The DC Shorts Film Festival is the Washington, DC area’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. All films are 20 minutes or less. The DC Shorts Film Festiva lwill include 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.

This year’s programming is more expansive than ever before with 17 Official Selection Unique
Showcases, 12 Special Showcases organized by theme, a free Outdoor Showcase in
partnership with The Golden Triangle BID, and four, Free Lunchtime Showcases presenting
filmmakers from underserved communities in partnership with OCTFME. Also special this year
is the amount of films that will be premiering at the festival including 15 world premieres, 6 North
American, 5 U.S., and 25 East Coast.

Film Screening Locations

The DC Shorts Film Festival will be held at the following venues in the DC metro area.

  • 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

Special Screenings

Special Showcases will present a variety of shorts from this year’sofficial selections and shorts from partnering organizations. Each showcase will revolve around a different theme. Themes include Canadian films in celebration for Canada’s 150th birthday, films about current events, animation, GLBT, African American and many more. The showcases will include films from the 123 official 2017 festival selections and around 50 additional partner-programmed shorts. Tickets required.

Screenplay Competition

Returning this year will be the DC Shorts Screenplay Competition where the audience will vote on 6 selected screenplays.The winner receives $2,000 to shoot their project and automatic entry for their completed film to screen at DC Shorts 2016. The event will be held at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater on Friday, September 16, 7-10 p.m.  Tickets are limited and are $20. Meet the writers after the reading at the complimentary wine and cheese reception.

Free Lunchtime Shows

​Presented in partnership with OCTFME and several other community partners, 19 films by local filmmakers will screen for free at E Street Landmark Theatres during lunch hour every weekday throughout the festival. Many of the films are about and from underserved communities. Reservations required.

Free Outdoor Showcase

​New this year, DC Shorts presents a brand new event for film and outdoor lovers. The Outdoor Showcase will be held at Farragut Square and will screen short films from Japan, Germany and the U.S. on Thursday, September 14th at sundown. This screening is made possible thanks to The Golden Triangle BID, The Goethe Institute, and The Japanese Information and Cultural Center, Asian Pacific American Film Festival, and EuroAsia Shorts. No reservations required but get there early for a good spot.

City View Party

Friday, September 8, 9-11 p.m. Rooftop at Carroll Square, 975 F Street, NW Washington DC. Celebrate opening weekend under the stars atop a roof deck with a live musical performance..Tickets: $25.

For the complete schedule, visit the official website at www.dcshorts.com

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