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 Big Leap

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Kristoffer Rus
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Poland & Sweden

During an economic crisis, three people meet at the top of a skyscraper to question what lies beyond.

Girl Clown

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Beth Spitalny
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A mousy secretary attempts to overcome her shyness and find true love by becoming a professional clown.

Legal Stranger

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Amanda Lucidon
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A lesbian couple tries to create a normal life for their child in a state that refuses to recognize their marriage.

Duel

Genre: Experimental, Drama  |  Director: Philippe Teixeira Tambwe
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: Portugal

When girl meets boy, let the duel begin…

The Primaeval Father

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Vladimir Danilov and Nicholas Santos
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russia

One caveman’s clever invention is crushed by his brutish father.

Ouverture

Genre: Animation  |  Director: Bracey Smith
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

What do you do when you’re born with music pouring out of your heart?

T’ai Chi Man!

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Zach Brewster-Geisz
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A common street mugging is thwarted by a uniquely incompetant superhero.

Worlds We Created

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Nicholas Santos
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A boy who walks between imagination and reality realizes he may not be able to do so forever.

Rake’s Commitment

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Santi Veiga
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

Self-involved Rake needs to find something in life to commit to.

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