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.


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Successful film festivals are the result of wonderful volunteers. Now with our expanded program, your help is needed more than ever.

For your time, we will gladly provide you with one film ticket per shift worked, and a private post-event thank you party.

All volunteers must attend one training meeting on either Thursday, September 12 or Monday, September 16, both at 7:00pm.


Box Office volunteers sell and accept tickets, handle money, process credit cards, answer general customer inquiries.  Volunteers must have their own 3G, 4G or WiFi capable iOS or Android to assist with sales and ticket scanning. Sign up by clicking here


Ushers guide people to their seats, maintain order, hand out any necessary literature, survey audiences the screenings, and answer general customer inquires. Volunteers should have a WiFi capable smartphone to assist with surveying. Sign up by clicking here


Photographers document the screening, parties and workshops. Your photos will be immediately posted online to either the website or the DC Shorts Flickr page, and you will receive a photo credit.  Sign up by clicking here


Party volunteers serve food and drink to filmmakers and guests, carry and set up party equipment — and help keep the party jumping! Sign up by clicking here


Logistics volunteers are responsible for setting up and breaking down venues before and after the festival, ensuring everything is in place for the event to run smoothly.  Volunteers should be able to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds), and must either have their own vehicle, or  be a Zipcar member. Sign up by clicking here


Marketing volunteers  help DC Shorts Film Festival reach out to the the community by creating exciting on-site events (pop-up screenings, bar events, attending various arts events) to distribute information about the festival. Sign up by clicking here


Venue managers oversee operational aspects at each of our six theaters, including box office management, managing volunteers, problem solving technical issues, and reporting back to the main office. They ensure that the venue space is respected and all policy and regulations are followed.  Venue managers ensure that each event is produced in the same friendly, patient, and helpful service that has made the festival one of the best entertainment experiences of the metropolitan area. Those interested in this position will interview with festival director for further considerations.  THIS IS A PAID POSITION. After signing up, you will be contacted for an in-office interview. Sign up by clicking here

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