10 Years of DC Shorts!
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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.

Emerging Russian Filmmakers

DCS13_NestingDollsDC Shorts proudly presents the largest collection of short films by emerging Russian filmmakers to ever screen in the United States.

Every year, we receive hundreds of films from around the globe — but never any from the Russian Federation. Through partnerships with the Moscow Film Festival and Shar Film School, we have curated 16 films — comedies, dramas, experimental and animation — that highlight the storytelling of Russia’s emerging filmmakers.

These films are programmed throughout the festival — look for a nested doll next to the title.

acadamyThis program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Films

We Are Not Slaves

We Are Not Slaves

Besieged in Leningrad during World War II, the class outsider makes a brave call.

Umba-Umba

Umba-Umba

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

Two Princesses

Two Princesses

Sisters battle a meddling witch to find their own loves.

Tomato Story

Tomato Story

Two women are unable to share a common balcony in their quest to cultivate the perfect tomato.

The Primaeval Father

The Primaeval Father

One caveman's clever invention is crushed by his brutish father.

The Mole at the Sea

The Mole at the Sea

5 Animation The human impact on a pristine beach is mourned by a lone mole.

System Preferences

System Preferences

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

Pishto Goes Away

Pishto Goes Away

A farmer's dog coaxes his owner back to a small town and shows him the importance of a simple life.

Legs-atavism

Legs-atavism

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

Convoy

Convoy

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

Chippendale

Chippendale

A greedy antiques dealer gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a rare Chippendale dresser.

Caution, the doors are opening!

Caution, the doors are opening!

Moscow's subway is recreated using buttons found in the system.

About me

About me

The life of a young schoolgirl is more than silly jokes and green hair.

911

911

While robbing a home, thugs are confronted by a pregnant housewife.

Statement

In spite of recent social and political events in the Russian Federation, DC Shorts is committed to bringing these films to our audience. Read why.

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