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DC Shorts Returns to Celebrate the Art of Short Film - The Apartments at CityCenter

The DC Shorts Film Festival is Washington, DC’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. All films are 20 minutes or less. The DC Shorts Film Festival includes 131 films and 6 screenplays from 33 countries. The 11-day event will include film screenings of shorts in every conceivable genre and style, Q&As, filmmaker workshops and parties.

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Joe Bilancio, Director of Programming for the DC Shorts Film Festival and Associate Programmer Derek Horne viewed 1,368 submissions for this year’s festival, culling the final number down to 131. Bilancio bemoans that they could have added another few hundred to that final tally. “There’s literally at least another 200 films that were so good, you’re almost crying that you can’t screen them,” he says.  Special this year is the amount of films that have been critically acclaimed at other festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes and are making their DC premiere.

The DC Shorts Film Festival runs Sept. 8 to 18 at various locales throughout the city (though most of the Showcases are at the Landmark E Street Cinema). Tickets are $12 to $15 with all-access passes available for $125. Seventy-five of the shorts are available for online viewing for $30. http://festival.dcshorts.com

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