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.

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Grandma’s Not a Toaster

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Andrew Napier
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

When grandma’s fortune is at stake, everyone’s point of view should be carefully considered.

She is Love

Genre: Experimental  |  Director: Nicolaj Brüel
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Germany

In the wake of war, a young boy discovers a mysterious woman and a marvelous world.

The Summons

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Gabriel Rodriquez-Fuller
Length: 8 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Within the judgmental walls of a confessional, Sister Kathy relives her unanticipated day of sin.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Matthew Van Dyke
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

The harrowing struggle for Syrian freedom, as experienced by a young rebel fighter and a female journalist.

Practice Makes Perfect

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Devon Avery
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

On date night, a twelve-year-old boy anxiously considers how to deliver the perfect first kiss.


Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Kamila Safina
Length: 16 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

A greedy antiques dealer gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a rare Chippendale dresser.

Requiem for Romance

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Jonathan Ng
Length: 8 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

Crouching breakup, hidden romance.

Zero Hour

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Dan Carrillo Levy
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

On a desolate desert road, young lovers are forced to make a decision that could affect their future.

Mi Ojo Derecho (Apple of my Eye)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Josecho de Linares
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

Neither time nor distance can sever the special ties with your grandmother.

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