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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Plvs Vltra

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Manuel Rios-Zertuche
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

In the not-so-distant future, your dreams will be managed. Defy the order!

Sanzaru (Diffusion of Responsibility)

Genre: Dramedy  |  Director: Adam Sinclair
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: Malaysia

“Diffusion of Responsibility” is a phenomenon where people are less likely to help a stranger if surrounded by others.

Zombi (Zombie)

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: David Moreno
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

Suffering from Alzheimer’s, a grandfather prefers death to living like the undead.


Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Ian Gelfand
Length: 8 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Growing up is hard to do. That’s why Casey McElveen never even tried.

Old Lady Luck

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Bradley Conomy
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

To raise money for her family’s birthday cards,  a grandmother puts her faith in old Lady Luck.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: Rodrigo Monterray
Length: 16 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

In his desire for fame, a teen actor chooses not to tell his mother the truth about an upcoming movie role.

Cats in Space

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Robert Dastoli
Length: 2 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

The future of the universe lies in the paws of a brave cat crew.


Genre: Mockumentary  |  Director: Mikhail Mestetskiy
Length: 11 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Soviet scientists in the 1950s attempt to create shorter citizens — with opposition from the shoe industry.

Building Magic

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Kal Toth
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Self-taught Mario the Magician entertains children through his creative approach to his craft.

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