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 15

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El Último Consejo (The Last Council)

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Itandehui jansen
Length: 12 min.  |  Country of Origin: Mexico

When the old guard passes responsibility to a new one, a small town’s fortune is lost.


Genre: Animation  |  Director: Gabriel Garcia
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: Brazil

Ed has an extraordinary life, with many loves and adventures. So why would he want to end it?

Beyond Belief

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: William Stribling
Length: 19 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

An aging magician has a chance to transform his miserable life into a happy one.

Pishto Goes Away

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Sofya Kendel
Length: 9 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

A farmer’s dog coaxes his owner back to a small town and shows him the importance of a simple life.

Sufferin’ Till You’re Straight

Genre: Animation  |  Director: David Scheve
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

3 Animation Schoolhouse Rock meets the Stonewall Riots.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: H.F. Crum
Length: 12 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A drug cartel’s reign of terror  forces a reclusive narco-blogger out of the shadows and into the fight.


Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Peter Kimball
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Opening your son’s bedroom door is always a surprise…

Marking the Distance

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

Gweneviere Mann navigates through life after losing her short-term memory.

Uisce Beatha (Whiskey/Water of Life)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Shaun O Connor
Length: 8 min.  |  Country of Origin: Ireland

The true story of a young man who leaves rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated Titanic.

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