DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Screenplay Competition

screenFriday, September 16 | 7:00PM – 9:30PM | $15 Online / $20 at the Door
U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Archives Metro)

The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is a very different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of judges consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics reviewed over 145 screenplays — and selected the top 6 to be performed for you! After a table reading, the audience will vote for their favorite, and one lucky writer will walk away with $2,000 to shoot their project! The completed film will screen at DC Shorts 2017.

We need actors to read for this performance. This is a non-paid gig. SAF/AFTRA members may participate. Learn more and participate.

The 6 Finalists

Ballad of Fargo Laredo

A man believes he’s a Old West bounty hunter but after he finds a boy’s hamster and brings in an escaped convict he must return to his home.

Written by Robert Shill

One Child Born

A Rwandan Tutsi farmer’s third child is coming. As he waits on his front porch for the midwife to do her work, his oldest son arrives home with the news that a Hutu mob is also coming.

Written by Stuart Creque

Sermon by Committee

Moments before Jesus is to deliver the Sermon on the Mount, His disciples decide it needs a bit of a rewrite.

Written by Andy Marlatt

Silent Sentinel

On a night in 1917, Doris Stevens sneaks through a graveyard to meet with suffragist leader Alice Paul who is held in Washington’s District Prison.

Written by Joseph Dzikiewicz

The Battle of Xa Hoa Chau

A group of American tourists in Vietnam have conflicting feelings about the war but are united in their devotion to photography. They are involved in an incident that echoes the American wartime role as an unwelcome and destructive intruder.

Written by David Malouf

The Son, The Father

A ten year old’s birthday surprise has unexpected consequences far into his future.

Written by Lukas Hassel

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