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.



All regular and “best of” showcases are approximately 90 minutes; the Family Show is 70 minutes. All events, including free screening, must be ticketed. Each screening requires a separate ticket.

  • PURCHASE ONLINE: $12 + $1.60 service charge
    We highly recommend purchasing tickets online, as many shows will sell out. Tickets purchased online can also save you $3!

To purchase a ticket online, go to the Schedule page and select your screening location and time. Click on that screening, and you will be taken to a page where you can see details about the screening, as well as be able to purchase tickets. Or if you’re looking to see a specific film, you can find the film in the film sorter, and buy tickets from the individual film’s page.

Party Tickets Party

All parties include light refreshments and beverages. Attendees must be over 21 years of age and present photo ID at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance either online or at a box office — we cannot offer door sales.

DC Shorts Online Film Festival

We are very excited to bring you the DC Shorts Online Film Festival — over 120 films can be watched during the festival week on any computer and some mobile devices. Watch from a coffee shop, your office — or even in the comfort of your bed. NOTE: The films featured in the Best of DC Shorts will not be available to view online after the awards announcement on September 22. To see a Best of DC Shorts showcase, come to one of the 20 screenings. FREE with the purchase of AN ALL-ACCESS pass!

All-Access Festival Pass

A single pass which allows entry into any screening, party, workshop — even the Best of DC Shorts! Plus, this pass includes:

  • Priority seating at all screenings — you get in first!
  • Priority entry to all parties — you get in first!
  • DC Shorts T-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Access to the DC Shorts Online Film Festival


Online Sales

To purchase tickets and passes online, visit DCSHORTS.COM.

In-Person Sales

To purchase tickets and passes in person, please visit the DC Shorts Box Office at each venue. Box offices open one hour before the first event of the day, and close one hour after the last event begins. We do not use Landmark’s or Angelika’s ticketing system.


All ticket and pass holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show time to guarantee a seat. After that time, pass holders will be admitted with the general audience.

20 minutes before each showcase…VIP pass holders and filmmakers are admitted to the theater.

15 minutes before each showcase… all ticket holders are admitted to the theater.

10 minutes before each showcase… all unclaimed seats are sold at the theater door for $15 cash. The standby line will form 45 minutes before the screening time. What are your chances of getting in? Pretty good — we usually release a minimum of 20-40 tickets at the door.


All ticket and pass sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges of tickets, party or festival passes.

We know that mistakes happen. If you present a ticket purchased in error, we will accommodate you at a screening of your choice on a space-available basis. Visit the box office prior to standing in line.

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