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.

Filmmaker Workshops

7951656660_f9b546e9feFriday, September 20
E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC (METRO CENTER)

DC Shorts is proud to present free seminars for filmmakers of all skill levels.

Space is limited and seating priority will be given to filmmakers in competition. Reservations are required.


Tax Incentives, Crowdsourcing and Grant Writing for Filmmakers

Money is hard to come by. Learn how to make the most of what you can get. With Steve Bizenov of Media Services, Inc., Pat Pasqual of the Foundation Center, and Moshe Adams from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Documentary Kickstarter

Washington, DC is the non-fiction capital of the world. Explore this unique genre and the challenges faced by documentary filmmakers at every level — short and feature length. Featuring Lance Kramer, Yi Chen, Susan Barocas and Nina Seavey of the GW Documentary Center.


Sound Design 101

Award-winning sound designer Kelley Baker talks through simple tactics to make your sound spectacular — even on a microbudget.


Going from Shorts to Features

Making the leap from shorts to feature production is a challenge for even the saviest producer. Learn from filmmakers from around the country on how they successfully made the transition.


What Festival Directors REALLY  Think

Meet festival directors from events around the country (including DC Shorts, Tallgrass and producer Roberta Marie Munroe) for an open Q&A on how most festivals are run — and what you can do to make the most of your festival circuit.

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