DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenwriting Competition

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Tickets Now On Sale!

Visit the Schedule page or the Film Finder and look for the BUY TICKETS buttons

film tickets

All shows are approximately 90 minutes. Every event (including free events) must be ticketed.

ONLINE: $12 + $1.50 service charge
BOX OFFICE: $15 + $1.50 SC

Buy 5 or more film tickets online to use any way you want (5 individual shows, 3 tickets for 1 show and a pair for another — you get the drift) and the price per ticket falls to $10 each!

party tickets

All parties include light refreshments and open bar. Attendees must be over 21 years of age and present photo ID at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

TICKETS: $25 + $2 service charge
SAVE $5! ONLY $20 (+$2 SC) WHEN PURCHASED WITH any film ticket.


Over 70 films are available to watch online from any computer or mobile device from September 6-16! Add this incredible opportunity to any film or party ticket order.

ACCESS: $20 + $2 service charge
FREE with the purchase of the ALL-ACCESS pass!

Buy a Pass


$125 + $6.25 service charge

A single pass which allows entry into any screening, party, class — even the Best of DC Shorts!  Plus, this pass includes:

  • Priority seating at all screenings
  • Priority entry to all parties
  • DC Shorts T-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Access to the DC Shorts Online Film Festival


ONLINE sales

To purchase tickets and passes online, go to the schedule and click on the show you want.

in-person sales

To purchase tickets and passes in person, please visit the Box Offices at each venue. Box Offices open one hour prior to the first event of the day, and close one hour after the last event begins.


All ticket and pass sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges of tickets, party or festival passes or service charges.

seating information

All ticket and pass holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show time to guarantee a seat.

20 minutes before each showcase…VIP pass holders and filmmakers will be admitted to the theater.

15 minutes before each showcase…all ticket holders will be admitted to the theater.

10 minutes before each showcase…all unclaimed seats will be sold at the theater door for $15 cash.  The standby line will form 45 minutes prior to the screening time. What are the chances of getting in? Pretty good -— we usually release 20-40 tickets at the door.

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

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