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 14

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Ending Up

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Paige Morrow Kimball
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A divorce celebration opens the door to new possibilities.

Memory Sculptor

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Ken Ochiai
Length: 17 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

The Memory Sculptors face their toughest job to date: erasing inerasable memories.

The Mole at the Sea

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Anna Kadykova
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

5 Animation The human impact on a pristine beach is mourned by a lone mole.

Dear Someone

Genre: Musical  |  Director: Tetsuo Kamata
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: Japan

A young man launches on a journey of introspection and looks back on his last failed relationship.

Dreams in the Depths

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Armin Isarian
Length: 12 min.  |  Country of Origin: Iran

In a tunnel under the Gaza wall, a merchant and his son pass the time discussing their future until they can emerge.

Time 2 Split

Genre: Experimental  |  Director: Fabrice Bracq
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: France

5 Experimental A breakup and reconciliation story, told by both sides.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: Daniel Jewel
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Killing people 7,000 miles away can be a soul-sucking job.

Thank God

Genre: Experimental  |  Director: Jamshid Ghodrati
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: Iran

One man’s treasure is another’s trash.

F**k the Parents

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Ethan Kuperberg
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

After a break-up, sometimes the best consolers are your ex’s parents.

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