DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Drama

WILL “THE MACHINE”

Drama • United States • 13 MINUTES

Consumed by ambition, an elite high school football prodigy isolates himself from the immaturity of his classmates, until an unexpected running partner dredges up his emotional past.

WASHED AWAY

Drama • United States • 12 MINUTES

A teenage girl in an evangelical church youth group must deal with the fallout when her trust is publicly betrayed.

VOURVOUROU

DramaFantasy • Greece • 22 MINUTES

“Where does the sun go when it gets dark? Why is the chicken’s egg so important to humans? Why doesn’t my brother take me with him when he goes caroling with Claire?” Six-year-old Markos is determined to find solutions as the circle of life unravels before his eyes.

TURNING TEN

Drama • United Kingdom • 12 MINUTES

Nine-year-old Nour waits with her parents for a doctors appointment that is destined to change their lives forever.

TO HEAVEN, TO GATHER

Drama • Taiwan • 23 MINUTES

A vast, blue sky. A long and endless mountain path. This is not an excursion, but the journey of three-year-old Xiao Wu and her lamb to the orphanage where they will be abandoned.

THE ROLE

Drama • Iran • 11 MINUTES

A woman accompanies her husband to an audition. The thing that happens there leads her to an important decision…

THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET

Drama • United States • 8 MINUTES

Carey, a 14 year old boy nervously prepares for his first dance as his parents reminisce about their own.

THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW

Drama • United States • 20 MINUTES

The Neighbors’ Window tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.

THE IMMINENT IMMANENT

Drama • Philippines • 15 MINUTES

A rural town unknowingly goes on with their mundane activities while strong forces of nature silently creeps in to challenge their existence. Meanwhile, the filmmaker traces back his roots while preparing himself for the worst after the typhoon.

THE FUTURE

Drama • Mexico • 13 MINUTES

Mother and son drive outside the city. The Police has found some bodies and one of them could be Javier, her son, his brother.

THE FURNITURE MAKER

Drama • Cuba • 18 MINUTES

In an attempt to get closer to his father, Leonardo starts filming him in his everyday life. As days go by, Esteban notices the camera and uses it as a means of communicating with his son.

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT

ComedyDrama • Romania • 23 MINUTES

On the 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu’s bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

THE CHASE

ComedyDrama • United States • 11 MINUTES

A brazen theft leads a newly married couple on a wild chase across the streets of Los Angeles and into a complex intersection of race, justice, and self discovery.

THE ARTISAN

Drama • Cuba • 13 MINUTES

After being pushed out of his house by a caring neighbor on the anniversary of his wife’s death, Daniel, a local artisan, meanders through the tight-knit community of Gibara, Cuba, encountering many locals who collectively help him confront his loss.

TANGLE

Drama • Iran • 7 MINUTES

A life of a girl in war.

STREET FLAME

Drama • United States • 12 MINUTES

Following the death of their friend, a crew of skaters and motley street teens imagine their own rituals to commemorate her on their own terms.

SHEHITA

DramaThriller • Canada • 26 MINUTES

A Yiddish-speaking Jewish community in Quebec begins to unravel after a horrific discovery stirs up demons from the past.

ROGERS AND TILDEN

Drama • United States • 11 MINUTES

Fresh out of prison in a Brooklyn he barely recognizes, Marcus is looking to seize his second chance. But first, he needs that driver’s license.

ROBERTA’S LIVING ROOM

DramaFantasy • United States • 12 MINUTES

In a remote town where gypsies come and go, Roberta receives a call about her husband’s sudden death. She becomes consumed with the uncertainty of her fate.

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