DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenwriting Competition

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The DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast. In our 9th year, we are showing 140 films from 27 nations — and expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.


During the film competition weekend (September 6-8), we will screen the films in 18 unique 90-minute showcases — all followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. After the competition weekend (September 9-16), we will re-screen all of the programs, culminating with the special “Best of DC Shorts” (SHOW A INFO) (SHOW B INFO) screenings on September 15 and 16.


Join us on Friday, September 14 to see actors perform a table reading of our six screenplay finalists. After the performance, vote for your favorite, and the writer walks away with a $2,000 prize! Celebrate at the complimentary wine and cheese reception that follows.


Love the festival and want to see more at your leisure? With a single $20 pass, you can watch over 100 short films on your computer. You may purchase this pass online or at the box office. The films featured at the Best of DC Shorts screenings are not available to watch online.

Explore the films using our unique Film Finder — a visual way to search for films, read descriptions, view trailers, and connect socially. Visit our Blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the festival. And of course, purchase tickets before they sell out (they always do!)

And remember to buy a ticket for one of our legendary parties — the City View Party on the roof of Carroll Square, the Grand Bash at the U.S. Navy Memorial, and the Closing Party at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Party tickets include open bar and delicious nibbles.

Speaking of food…we have something special for foodies! Selected food-themed films have been paired with local chefs and mixologists who will prepare delicious morsels for you to enjoy after the films’ screening. This sumptuous program is included in the ticket price.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Copyright 2012 DC Shorts/DC Film Alliance

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