Thursday, September 6, 2012

DC Shorts - Long on Substance

Gérard Depardieu stars in DC Shorts selection Grenouille d'hiver

From our friends at DC Film Review...

Has anyone ever told you that you have a short attention span? Do you cringe at the thought of watching Dances with Wolves, JFK or Titanic (all 3+ hours?) Well, have I got something for you. The DC Shorts Film Festival  returns to the nation's capital tomorrow, celebrating its ninth year of delivering some of the finest short films in the country.

DC Shorts has grown by leaps and bounds (pun intended) since 2004, becoming the largest short film event on the East Coast in the process. This year's festival will feature almost 150 films, whittled down from an astounding 850 submissions that festival director Jon Gann and his team tackle with reckless abandon.

“While I am very excited about the 140 films and 27 nations in the eight food pairings and screenplay competition the one thing that gets me very excited is the fact we have over 100 filmmakers around the world coming to Washington DC to enjoy DC Shorts,” said Gann.

Hang on a second... Did you say food pairings? Yes indeed: As if great cinema wasn't enough, this year's festival includes a number of food tastings that tie in to select food-themed films. Representatives from top establishments such as 701, Matchbox and Rasika (near West End Cinema) will participate, offering complimentary samples. Foodie Heaven, am I right? Click here for a complete list of pairings.

But tasty treats aside, the majority of folks come to DC Shorts for the movies... and as we already mentioned, there's no shortage of choices. It begins with the film competition weekend (September 6-8) and 18 different 90-minute presentations. After that, the festival will re-screen all 140 films before wrapping things up with several “Best of DC Shorts” screenings and a Midnight closing party at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on September 15th. Click here for a full schedule of events, or use the handy Film Finder provided by DC Shorts.

Film tickets can be purchased online for $12 or at the box office for $15. A $1.50 service charge will be added to all ticket purchases. Party tickets cost $25 (+$2 SC) but you can save $5 by purchasing one with a film ticket. If you plan on attending several events, you're encouraged to purchase an All-Access Festival Pass for $125 (+$ 6.25 SC), which allows entry into any screening, class or party. As an added bonus, each pass holder will also receive a DC Shorts t-shirt, swag bag and priority seating at all parties and screenings.  

Last but not least, DC Shorts will debut the DC Shorts Online Film Festival, allowing moviegoers the opportunity to watch over 100 films online. Access costs $20 (+$2 SC) and is free for All-Access pass holders.

Yours truly will be attending Showcase 11, featuring Winter Frog (Grenouille d'hiver) with Gérard Depardieu on Saturday night. I can't wait to try Julia Ebell’s Akvavit.