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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Ojos Que No Ven (What the Eye Doesn’t See)

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Natalia Mateo
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

When Grandpa passes away on Christmas Eve, his well-meaning children decide not to tell their ailing mother.

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Genre: Drama  |  Director: Bobby Marinelli
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A young woman with Down Syndrome proves that she is more than clever enough for a promotion at the grocery.

A True Friend

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Justin Snyder
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

Sometimes, your best friend asks you to help with the worst ideas.

The Garden of Steven

Genre: Comic Drama  |  Director: Chris Keener
Length: 24 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A hapless missionary stumbles upon the road to salvation with the help of a Mayan girl, a magic woman, and a saint with a cigar.

Walking the Earth

Genre: Expiremental  |  Director: Vasili Tsybulka
Length: 2 min.  |  Country of Origin: Republic of Belarus

Until you walk a mile in another man’s shoes, you can’t imagine his world.


Genre: Comedy/Animation  |  Director: David Uloth
Length: 3 min.  |  Country of Origin: Canada

Reading a magazine can be a guilty getaway, unless you are interrupted by a major pest.

Wyrzutki (Castaways)

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Slawomir Grunberg and Tomasz Wisniewski
Length: 18 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

On the train to the Treblinka death camps, dozens of Jewish children were thrown from the rail cars in hopes of survival.

Waves of Grain

Genre: Experimental,Animation  |  Director: Keith Skretch
Length: 2 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

A block of wood was planed down one layer at a time and photographed at each pass.

Line of Sight

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Stephen Menick
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

John Bramblitt lost the his eyesight to epilepsy, but never his vision to paint.

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