DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016


partyDC Shorts loves to celebrate our filmmakers — and our audience! All parties include light refreshments and a special selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees must be over 21 years of age and present photo ID at the door. Save money by purchasing your tickets online.


These event are open to the general public. An admission ticket is required.

Viva Hispanica! Presented by Akridge

Our Annual City View Party
Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM,
The Rooftop at Carroll Square, 975 F St., NW
Closest Metro: Metro Center
Tickets: $25 Online, $35 at the Door

Celebrate DC Shorts’ opening weekend under the stars on the rooftop deck at Carroll Square. Dance to musical entertainment while partaking in Spanish hors d’oeuvres and Cuban inspired cocktails from Ketel One and Captain Morgan as we celebrate Spanish and Cuban Films.

CONFETTI: DC Short’s Closing Reception

Saturday, September 17th, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM,
US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Closest Metro: Archives Metro
Tickets: $15 Online, $25 at the Door

Before the credits role…join us for a colorful evening of Lagunitas Beer and Half Pop snacks as we close out this year’s festival and thank all those who made this year a success!


These events are only open to filmmakers and All-Access Pass Holders. Don’t miss out — purchase an All-Access Pass online or at any festival box office.


Presented by The Lookout and Philz Coffee
Thursday, September 1st, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Lookout, 2439 18th Street, NW

Meet festival directors for an open Q&A on how most festivals are ran – and what you can do to make the most of your festival circuit. Moderated by Paul Marengo, Development Director, DC Shorts.  For an invite, email Paul Marengo, Director of Development at paul.marengo@dcshorts.com.

Kimberley Bush, Executive Director (DC Shorts) / Festival Director (Reel Affirmations)
Paul Marengo, Director of Development (DC Shorts), Festival Director (APA Film Festival)

WELCOME RECEPTION Presented by PEPCO Edison Place Gallery

Thursday, September 8th, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW
Closest Metro: Gallery Place

Nothing could be hotter than mixing and mingling with filmmakers, not only from around the country, but around the world. Talk and listen to visiting filmmakers as they discuss films, filmmaking, and everything in between.  While you are there, don’t forget to take in the high quality art exhibits from our surrounding community!

AWARDS BRUNCH Presented by the Loft at 600 F

Sunday, September 11th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Loft at 600 F, 600 F Street, NW
Closest Metro: Gallery Place Metro

Join us for our competition weekend’s closing brunch, where the Jury Awards and Audience Awards will be announced. Snack on savory items from Pinstripes and Illy Coffee as we present winning filmmakers with a gorgeous glass trophies designed by the Washington Glass School, and shower them with prize packages!


Thursday, September 15th, 7:00-9:00 PM
Gordon Biersch, 900 F Street, NW
Closest Metro: Gallery Place Metro

(By Invitation Only) Join this year’s screenwriters and their guests for an intimate mixer as we look forward to our Screenplay Competition.

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