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 11

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Kärleken Bryr Dig Inte (Love Doesn’t Care)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Farzad Farzaneh
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: Sweden

A couples commitment is tested when the best friend arrives for a visit.

Red Poppies

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Yaitza Rivera
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

While at her father’s funeral, a trauma victim reconnects with the love of her life.


Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Daniel Carberry
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

War is hell, even when it’s not real.

88 Miles to Moscow

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Karen Glienke
Length: 20 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Niki gets more than she bargained for when she sneaks off a train for a quick smoke.

Karlstod (Karl’s Death)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Mariko Minoguchi
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: Germany

Sometimes, we mourn for more than the deceased.

About me

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Maria Sosnina
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

The life of a young schoolgirl is more than silly jokes and green hair.

Something Novel

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Xandra Clark, Antonio Cerruto
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Jasmine de Lung challenges those who try her baked goods to experience something novel with each bite.

Dans Le Jardin du Nil (In the Garden of the Nile)

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Sophie Kluge
Length: 9 min.  |  Country of Origin: Germany

An actress spends her free morning hearing about a romantic Paris weekend that didn’t work out as planned.

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