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Here Come the Shorts: Showcasing the D.C. Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

D.C. Shorts Film Festival LogoIt’s that time of year.  Among the many fall festivities Washingtonians look forward to is the award-winning D. C. Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.  Now in its 13th year, the festival will run from September 8-18 at various venues around the District, including Landmark E Street Cinema.

Screening the best in short film cinema, D.C. Shorts offers something for everyone, from animation, documentary, drama, comedy and thriller genres.  Moviegoers can find workshops, parties, free Family Screenings and free Lunchtime Shows, along with Q&A’s to complement many showcases.

D.C. Shorts has grown to become one of the largest film festivals on the East Coast.  In 2016, it received 1,300 submissions from over 40 countries.  Out of those, 131 films and six screenplays will be featured at the festival.  Each film lasts between 2-30 minutes, and the programming block is approximately 90 minutes long.

Some noteworthy additions this year include a new programming team, as Joe Bilancio and Derek Horne take the helm of D.C. Shorts Film Festival.  The festival has also expanded its programming with 18 uniquely themed showcases.

For Horne, he is especially enthused about one genre in particular at D.C Shorts.  “The selection of short documentaries making their D.C. premiere is phenomenal.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them on Oscar shortlists this year,” he says.

For more information, visit www.dcshorts.com/festival.

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