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DC Shorts showcases the largest audience-driven collection of short films in the USA.  For our 8th year, we are showing 145 films from 23 nations — and expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members mix, mingle and explore the world of short cinema.

DC Shorts has been named by MovieMaker Magazine us as “one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee” (three years in a row) and “one of the leading film festivals” in the country. We have also been voted by Washington City Paper readers as a top area festival!

During the film competition weekend (September 8–10), will screen the films in 17 unique 90-minute showcases — all followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

After the competition weekend (September 11-18), we will re-screen all of the programs, plus remix films into specialty shows. The week culminates with the special “Best of DC Shorts” screenings on September 17 and 18 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Explore the films using the Sorter — a visual way to read film descriptions, view trailers and see what others’ think about the movies.  Visit our Blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the festival. And of course, purchase tickets before they sell out (they always do!)

And remember to buy a ticket for one of our HUGE parties — The Celebrity Bash at Madame Tussaud’s, the Brazilian Carnival at Artisphere and the Closing Bash at Atlas Arts Center.  Party tickets include open bar and delicious nibbles.