For 10 years, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has screened the world’s top short films to audiences throughout the region. This year, we will showcase over 153 films from 23 nations — including the country’s largest collection of short films by emerging Russian filmmakers. Hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members will gather to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.

Explore the website, watch trailers, read about films — then join us for 11 days this September.

Family Films

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I Like Apples

Genre: Animation, Musical  |  Director: Gary Silberman
Length: 2 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Puppets sing the praises of this versatile fruit.

Mouse’s Tale

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Pravin Vatt
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A clever mouse outwits the king of the jungle.

Two Princesses

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Maria Stepanova
Length: 9 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Sisters battle a meddling witch to find their own loves.

Rock Wall Climbing

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Jason Houston
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

How do big wall climbers get their start? With little walls, of course.

A Girl Named Elastika

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Guillaume Blanchet
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

A rubber band girl travels from her land of cork into space aboard a firework rocket.

Jacob Fights Giants

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Janelle Rayner & Simon Toy
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

Stephanie reluctantly joins her new neighbor in his never-ending battle against giants that live in the forest.


Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Andrew Nackman
Length: 11 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A child prodigy goes on a quest to take down the school bully for cheating in a big essay contest.

Olivia’s Birds and the Oil Spill

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Lynne Cherry
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

An 11-year-old raises $200,000 for Audubon’s efforts to rescue oiled birds after the BP Gulf spill.


Genre: Animation  |  Director:
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Discarded from the production line, two toy figurines chase a factory delivery van to rejoin their friends.

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