Thursday, August 1, 2013

DC Shorts Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year

From our friends at the DC Shorts Film Festival...

To Make a Long Story Short . . .
The DC Shorts Film Festival Returns for Its 10th Year
September 19-29, 2013

It’s been ten years since the DC Shorts Film Festival started at just one theatre and took place over two days. Now in its tenth year, the DC Shorts Film Festival has grown in so many ways and is one of the best-known short film festivals in the country and the largest on the east coast.

The festival now lasts 11 days and shows over 150 films from 22 countries. Six theatres from across the DC area – from Rockville to Fairfax and Anacostia to downtown D.C. will be hosting the festival this year. This is the first major film event to take place in Anacostia in recent memory

The films run the gamut in genre, style and subject, but are unified by their abbreviated run times of one – twenty minutes. These films will be grouped together into 16 unique, 90-minute showcases shown throughout the festival. The showcases range in content with something for everyone, including dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries and experimental films. If you are unable to attend a showing, over 125 films will be available to view online as part of the festival.

The screenwriting competition returns this year – watch a script read live at a table reading with local actors and actresses. Then, the winner of the competition will have their film shown at the 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival.

The fun doesn’t end with the films and competition either. There will be many of pre and after parties offering up food, drinks and the opportunity to mingle with filmmakers throughout the city.

What: DC Shorts Film Festival – featuring over 150 films from 22 countries that are 20 minutes or less.

Where: Films will be shown at several theatres throughout the DC-area:

Landmark’s E Street Theater: 555 11th Street, NW; Washington, DC

The U.S. Navy Memorial Theatre: 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; Washington, DC

Angelika Film Center and Café Mosaic: 2911 District Ave.; Fairfax, VA

Atlas Performing Arts Center: 1333 H Street, NW; Washington, DC

Anacostia Arts Center: 1231 Good Hope Road, SE; Anacostia, DC

VisArts Rockville: 155 Gibbs Street; Rockville, MD

When: The festival takes place September 19-29, 2013 show times vary, check website for full schedule.

Free Events: *Tickets for all free events MUST be reserved in advance at

Family Movie Screenings (appropriate for ages 8+ years old) Sat., Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at E Street Cinema
Sat., Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Atlas Arts Center and Angelika Film Center
Sat., Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Angelika Film Center
Sat., Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Anacostia Arts Center
Sun., Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Angelika Film Center
Sun., Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. at VisArts Rockville

Free Lunchtime Movie Screenings (40 minutes of short films – bring your lunch to the theatre!)
Monday, September 23 – Thursday, September 26 at 12:00 p.m. daily at E Street Cinema and Angelika Film Center

Parties: All parties include light refreshments and open bar. All attendees must be over 21 years old. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
•   Online: $20

City View Party – Carroll Square, 975 F Street, NW
Friday, Sept. 20, 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

The Grand Bash at U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale on August 1, 2013
Tickets bought in advance, online at are $12/each
Tickets bought at the door are $15/each – cash only
Tickets to parties are $20/each
All access pass for $100
More ticket specials can be found online at

Online Festival: Over 125 films will be available online 24/7 throughout the festival week. Tickets for $20 are available at a box office only.

Website: For more information and a complete list of films, please visit:

Social Media: Follow us on Twitter at @dcshorts or our Facebook page:
The hashtag is #dcshorts13

Event Phone: For moviegoers who have questions, please visit the above website or call 202-393-4266