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 13

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Close Your Eyes

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Sonia Malfa
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Imani, a young photographer losing her eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa, longs to experience her first kiss.

Josephine and the Roach

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Jonathan Langager
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A cockroach falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests.

Elon + Emmanuelle

Genre: Experimental  |  Director: Natalie Galazka
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

What if your shadow revealed the light inside? What would your soul say if it could dance aloud?


Genre: Experimental, Drama  |  Director: Shannon Kohli
Length: 16 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

16 Experimental Drama Actual messages written on restroom walls expose many sides of women in crisis.

New Spain

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Nickolas Duarte
Length: 1 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

The life of a poor farmer in 1815 is explored.


Genre: Experimental  |  Director: Joey Shanks
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Take a journey through time and space to glimpse at the the fight for existence.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: Julia Solomonova
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

While robbing a home, thugs are confronted by a pregnant housewife.

Eyes on the Stars

Genre: Animation  |  Director: The Rauch Brothers
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

As a child, Ronald McNair dreamed of going into space.

El Hombre Equivocado (The Wrong Man)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Roberto Goñi
Length: 16 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

Tensions and romance run high when a shoe salesman has a first date with a sea archaeologist.

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