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 12

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Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Matthew Richmond
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Afraid to move in with his girlfriend, Joe is reminded by his couch of what is the real “cushion” in his life.


Genre: Documentary, Experimental  |  Director: Michel Kandinsky
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

The last minute of preparation before a performance/fight could change the lives of a dancer/boxer.

Efímera (Ephemeral)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Diego Modino
Length: 18 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

Alicia’s journey to fulfill her dream of becoming a ballet dancer will take her from a candid world to a violent reality.

A Little Something on the Side

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Stephen Tobolowsky
Length: 11 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Larry breaks out from under his wife’s watchful eye with a woman who understands the way to a man’s heart.

The Boxer

Genre: Animaiton  |  Director: Meredith Nolan
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Newsie gets involved in a 19th century bare-knuckle boxing match, and changes the fate of the tournament.

Frame of Mind

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Brett Cramer
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

In the near future, a team of investigators explores a witness’s repressed memories in order to catch a serial killer.

Tomato Story

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Olga Poliektovi & Tatiana Poliektovi
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Two women are unable to share a common balcony in their quest to cultivate the perfect tomato.

König Ludwig (King Ludwig)

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Jonas Julian Köck
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Germany

Friedrich and Ludwig look for a final resting place in the Bavarian forest.

Première Neige (First Snow)

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Michaël Lalancette
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

As a father is prepped for surgery, his children contemplate who will donate their kidney to save him.

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