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 9

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Genre: Drama  |  Director: Jon Mikel Caballero
Length: 17 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

An astronaut must confront his feelings before he travels through the universe in hibernation.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: Dmitriy Gritsenko
Length: 15 min.  |  Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Separated from their battalions, a German and Russian soldier must decide which of the two will survive the war.

Voice Over

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Martín Rosete
Length: 10 min.  |  Country of Origin: Spain

A spaceman, fisherman, and a soldier contemplate their first kisses.

Wishful Thinking

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Austin Bragg
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

What would you wish for if you found a magic lantern?

The Op Shop

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Lee Rogers
Length: 7 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

A mysterious donation sends the sales clerks of a suburban thrisft shop on a journey of self-discovery

Great Adventures

Genre: Drama  |  Director: Gerard Lambkin
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: Australia

Every Sunday afternoon before tea, Billy and his Grandad were heroes, villains, legends and more.

Social Media Anonymous

Genre: Comedy  |  Director: Jason Berger
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

There is a support group for everything – even social media addicts.

Visions of My Mother

Genre: Documentary  |  Director: Alex Budman
Length: 6 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

With bittersweet memories, Pinchas cooks a dish his mother prepared before they were led to concentration camps.


Genre: Drama  |  Director: Erica Liu
Length: 13 min.  |  Country of Origin: USA

An old woman relocates to the big city to find herself.

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