10 Years of DC Shorts!
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The 11th DC Shorts will be September 11–21, 2014 in locations throughout Washington, DC. Submit your short film or short screenplay to be considered for programming. But hurry—the longer you wait, the more expensive the submission fees.

Explore the website, watch trailers, read about films — then join us for 11 days this September.


Recently named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. In 2013, we screened 152 films from 21 countries in 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of 9,300 people. We also hosted a table read of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.

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DC Shorts Film Festival

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations.

Earlybird deadline: January 31, 2014

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DC Shorts Screenplay Competition

DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. Six finalists are invited to attend DC Shorts to direct a live table reading of the script.

Earlybird deadline: March 31, 2014

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