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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Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Shane Connor
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

A widowed man makes the final journey back to his hometown with a stuffed cat in tow.

Fanfare for Marching Band

Genre: Experimental  |  Director: Danièle Wilmouth
Length: 16 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A ragtag musical militia embarks on an inept invasion through a parallel universe where their exuberant music is unheard.


Genre: Animation  |  Director: Konstantin Brylliantov
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Trapped underground, a group of miners is rescued by a meddling stray cat.


Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Yi Chen
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

The District’s Chinatown has seen many changes over the past decade, challenging its established residents.

Today I Will Tell Her

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Jon Murray
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

Confessing your love for a platonic girlfriend may end with retching consequences.

La Hija (The Daughter)

Genre: Drama/Thriller  |  Director: Jazmín Rada
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

Challenging her father’s excuses not to play, Fatima uses her imagination and special balloons.

To Cut a Long Story Short

Genre: Comedy/Expiremental  |  Director: Marco Espirito Santo
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: Portugal

Jack was a rocker. A roller. No stopping him. Until he met the Leone twins.

Obama e(s)t Moi (Obama is/and Me)

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Stevan Lee Mraovitch
Length: 17 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

On the eve of Obama’s election, a group of friends celebrates the hopes of a new world in a Paris ghetto.

Karen Returns Something to Scott

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: John Salcido
Length: 5 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A perfect wedding is only missing one thing…

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