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.

Showcase 10

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Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Greg Rom
Length: 11 min.  |  Country of Origin: South Africa

The story of a robbery where reality and fantasy merge.


Genre: Drama, Thriller  |  Director: Simon Beckman
Length: 11 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

After a fatal security breach, the lone survivor is interrogated.


Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Megan Palinkas
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

Waiting for a train, Chris is about to make some new friends — whether he wants to or not.

Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Lew Keilar
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

Around 2045, technology will crescendo and there will be a quantum evolutionary shift in human existence.

The Commitment

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Albert M. Chan
Length: 20 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A gay couple’s quest to adopt a child brings their relationship to new levels.

Caution, the doors are opening!

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Anastassia Juravleva
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Moscow’s subway is recreated using buttons found in the system.

Mile High Pie

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Melanie Lynn Addington
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

In Arkansas, everything is high — including the bouffants, oil rigs and meringue pies.

Man of Letters

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Austin Bragg
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Venturing into the world of competitive Scrabble, a man’s good nature quickly turns flagitious, maleficent, repugnant.

Le Chevreuil (The Deer)

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Rémi St-Michel
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

When a hearse is involved in an accident, “dearly departed” takes on a new meaning.

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