About the Fest

Named the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine, the 17th DC Shorts International Film Festival and 13th Screenplay Competition make up the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States.



17th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival – September 10-23,  2020. 
DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2019, we received over 1,300 entries from 100 nations. We ultimately programmed 156 films from 36 countries into 30 unique showcases that played over 10 days to a combined audience of over 9,000 people.

13th Annual DC Shorts Screenplay Competition – September 2020. 
DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 15 pages or less. Five finalists are invited to participate and, with the assistance of local directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors. The readings are performed in front of an audience (most likely a virtual reading in 2020), who vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine a competition winner. You must submit for the Screenplay Competition at dcshorts.com.

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