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.

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The Uprising

Genre: Thriller  |  Director: Roberta Marie Munroe
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Family comes first, especially in a zombie-infested world.

Sit With Me

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Melvin Chan
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Singapore

Alone in a foreign land, a down-on-his-luck businessman discovers humanity through an unlikely meeting.

The Morning After

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: David Renaud
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A woman wakes up naked beside a sexy stranger — with no recollection of the previous night’s events.

Un Ojo (Eye)

Genre: Animation  |  Director:
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Mexico

After accidentally scratching it from his face, a boy must chase his rolling eyeball through a series of perils.

The Man Who Lived on His Bike

Genre: Expiremental  |  Director: Guillaume Blanchet
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

Is life so fast paced that we must live our lives while still in the saddle?

We Are Not Slaves

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Ainur Askarov
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Besieged in Leningrad during World War II, the class outsider makes a brave call.

The Donor

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Scott Lunt
Length: 8 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Unexpected consequences arise when a gay man offers to help his lesbian friends conceive.

Moving Day

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Chad Darnell
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Davis and Violet move in together after only dating for two weeks. He has a nice house; she… does not.

Frost

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Jeremy Ball
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

A young Arctic hunter’s search for food takes her beyond a sacred boundary and into a terrifying discovery.

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