DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 6—16, 2018

Drama

Who Decides

DramaHorror/Suspense • United States • 8 minutes

Death can no longer be denied. A sick woman and a young girl engage in a discussion about who decides when it’s your time to die.

Wandering Eyes

DramaThriller • United States • 15 minutes

The lives of two seemingly disconnected couples, each with an unapologetic cheating spouse, come together in a twisted tale of betrayal and revenge as all four cross paths in an unexpected way.

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DramaThriller • Brazil • 15 minutes

Most famous Brazilian Youtuber is kidnapped and forced to continue posting vídeos in captivity asking her fans to donate her ransom via a crowdfunding campaign.

Three Pages (Trois Pages)

Drama • Canada • 15 minutes

An unassuming middle-aged accountant learns he has only weeks to live. Rather than tell everyone, Martin determines to learn the three pages of a Bach adagio for piano he’d abandoned as a child. That accomplished, he performs the piece for his wife and friends, completing his life and thanking those who brightened it along the way.

The Undertaker’s Son

Drama • Canada • 14 minutes

Despite his desire to do anything but, Christopher Redding is attending work with his father for the first time to learn the macabre family business. When the duo is faced with a tragic death, Christopher is pushed to his breaking point revealing a deeper conflict that simmers just below the surface. Set in a small frontier town circa 1867, this short Western examines the lives that are affected after the infamous gunfights, shootouts, and robberies so often depicted in the beloved genre.

The Son, The Father

DramaHorror/Suspense • United States • 13 minutes

The events on a young boy’s birthday have twisted consequences far into his future. The script on which The Son, The Father is based was a finalist in the 2016 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

The Peculiar Abilities Of Mr. Mahler (Die Besonderen Fahigkeiten Des Herrn Mahler)

Drama • Germany • 29 minutes

East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political.

The Lesson (La Leccion)

DramaThriller • Spain • 13 minutes

Javier is a prestigious executive with a life full of luxury and money. He takes decisions that contribute to poverty and exploitation of families that that seem numbers for him. Everything will change when Oscar appears and give him a lesson he will never forget.

The Last Great American Whale

Drama • United States • 15 minutes

John’s just lost his child. His marriage is falling apart. His career is being taken over by younger, faster, smarter people. So what is he to do? He flees his life for the freedom and adventure of the ocean and a dying American Dream, but a vicious circle always seems to bring him right back to where he started.

The Last Dance

DramaRomanceSci-Fi • United Kingdom • 8 minutes

In the not-too-distant future, an old man works alone in his garage – click-click-clicking the hours away on an old desktop computer. His name is Hugo, and he’s making something… Something great. Today, the not-too-distant future will become the not-too-distant past.

The Hobbyist

DramaThriller • United States • 9 minutes

A short neo-noir thriller centered around a mysterious druggist visited by Sangstrom, a seemingly ordinary man in search of an undetectable poison. Yet, Sangstrom winds up getting more than he bargained for from the sagacious alchemist. Based on the 1961 short story by Fredric Brown.

Taniel

Drama • United Kingdom • 20 minutes

War permeates the country and mass arrests take place across the city whilst the poet’s home is broken, his name ticked off the list never to return again – a casualty of the Armenian Genocide. A historical drama focusing on the damages of war – both physical and emotional.

Sun Shine

Drama • United States • 9 minutes

When an African American teenager gets a seemingly depressed white guy to open up, she discovers he’s on his way to commit a horrible act.

State Of Emergency (Un Etat D’Urgence)

DramaThriller • Germany • 12 minutes

A movie about a society in fear. It is the story of two soldiers in the everyday life of Paris guarding an official building. An abandoned bag, curious passants and a crazy tramp move the situation into its climax. The lines between normality and real danger disappears.

Sparrow

Drama • New Zealand • 15 minutes

When the truth behind a family myth is exposed, a young boy finds the strength to stand up for himself in an unusual way.

Shadow Boxer (Skyggebokser)

Drama • Denmark • 22 minutes

Luna (8) lives alone with her mother, Isabella (32), a professional boxer. During an important match Isabella is badly hurt and ends up in a wheelchair Luna takes on the lonely fight to encourage her mother to believe in once again becoming the fighter and mother who Luna knows, loves and needs.

Send us Smokes

DramaMusical • Canada • 10 minutes

When 7-year-old Adelaide finds the care package of cigarettes she prepared for her father won’t be delivered to him as he serves on the front lines of World War I, she decides to embark on a fantastical adventure to take it to him herself.

Sacrilege

Drama • Switzerland • 15 minutes

The money has gone missing in the mosque of Saint-Etienne. Saoud, the gang leader is suspected.

Round Trip (Sivuv)

Drama • Israel • 6 minutes

A young girl becomes compromised after she accepts kindness from a stranger on a bus.

Red Velvet

Drama • Egypt • 15 minutes

When Nancy suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest in a morning, her only chance of survival lies in the hands of her oblivious five years old son Asser.

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