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 5

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Only Fair

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Peter Rautek
Length: 12 min.  |  Country of Origin: Austria

While the whims of humans come and go, in the end, the natural order always succeeds.

Ol’ Bay

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Jonathan Zuck
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

What does a crabber do when all the crabs are crabbed? Teach yoga, of course.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: Michelle Steffes
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

An Iraqi man, haunted by the death of his wife, becomes obsessed with a suspicious neighbor.


Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Travis Greene
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Bragging to your one-night stand that your uncle is an astronaut is not always a good idea.

Dim Sum

Genre: Drama  |  Director: I Fu Chen
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

The fountain of youth is found in a delectable dumpling. Just watch how many you eat.

System Preferences

Genre: Documentary/Animation  |  Director: Anya Belkina
Length: 17 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Computer pioneer Bashir Rameyev’s quest to achieve something extraordinary for his country.

Love Me Anyway

Genre: Animation/Comedy  |  Director: Jerrold Ridenour
Length: 4 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A coming-of-age story about love, family, and life at 35,000 feet.

Honk If You Love Someone

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Sophia Pink
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

One man’s quest to make Washington, D.C. smile.

The Road Home

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

Eddie Lanier thanks his friend for help along his way back from alcoholism and homelessness.

Pro Kopf (The Maid)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Sascha Zimmermann
Length: 14 min.  |  Country of Origin: Germany

Alone in a hotel, a businessman calls home only to make a shocking discovery when he speaks with the maid.

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