DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016


Sponsors are an important part of the festival and are key to our continued success and growth. Without them we would not be able to bring you 11 days of award winning films, top notch workshops, riveting panels, and more! For information on how you can be an important part of our festival, email Paul Marengo, our Director of Development at paul.marengo@dcshorts.com.

1. Luminary

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is responsible for developing and promoting local artists, organizations, and activities. The Mission of the DCCAH is to provide grants, programs, and education activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities for individuals and nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia.

200 I Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Tel: (202) 724-5613

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2. Superstars


With over 12 million square feet of projects, Akridge knows how to excel in commercial real estate development, construction, leasing and management. And working out of a D.C.-based firm, Akridge knows the area inside and out.

The Homer Building
601 Thirteenth St., NW, Suite 300 N
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: (202) 638-3000

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Captain Morgan Rum

We’re the Original Party Spirit. We could tell you exactly how we do it, but who cares. All you need to know is that it tastes delicious. And that it mixes with everything. Like fruity stuff. And ginger stuff. And tea stuff. And piña stuff. And soda stuff. And just about anything else you can think of. Captain’s honor. Now go mix some drinks. Why are you reading this? What’s wrong with you?

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Ketel One

Awarded 98 Points from Cigar & Spirits Magazine (September/October 2014) and voted the #1 Best Selling Vodka by Drink International’s 50 Best Bars Brand Report – 2016, Ketel One is a vodka appreciated by many. Using carefully selected European wheat and a combination of modern and traditional distilling techniques, we produce an exceptional product, both crisp to taste and soft on finish. Here, the 4Fs – Fragrance, Flavor, Feel and Finish – help to define what makes Ketel One Vodka so unique.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company

The Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, The company is half-owned by Heineken International.

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Metro Weekly

Metro Weekly has served Washington, DC’s gay and lesbian community since May 1994, and is now the largest and longest-running LGBT publication and website in the region. The print edition is published every Thursday and copies can be picked up for free at hundreds of distribution points.

Metro Weekly is a glossy magazine read by more than 45,000 people in DC, Maryland & Virginia, and is nationally recognized for its lively feature stories, interviews, and news coverage. Readers also turn to our magazine for its reliable community event calendars, nightlife guides, and timely reviews that cover the District’s rich arts and entertainment scene.

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OnTap is the Washington, D.C. metro area’s top source for dining, nightlife, music, parties, events, festivals, and entertainment.

25 Dove St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Tel: (703) 465-0500

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PEPCO Edison Place Gallery

For more than a decade, the Pepco Edison Place Gallery has been committed to working with nonprofit arts organizations to sponsor a series of diverse, high quality art exhibits on behalf of the community we serve. The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is free. With the exhibits as a backdrop, we also open our doors to our nonprofit partners who are looking to hold meetings and various fundraising events in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.

702 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20068

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RCN – A Better Kind of Company.  We’ve been in your neighborhood for years, providing services to your neighbors and supporting the community. If you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be satisfied with your entertainment provider, now is the time for you to experience:

* Quality customer service from people who care
* 100% digital programming
* A provider that supports the community
* World-class fiber-optic quality
* Free Video On Demand
* Super-fast and reliable Internet service

For business customers, RCN Business offers a full suite of communications products and services to businesses of all sizes, including Internet, voice, video and network solutions.

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Simple DCP

World’s Most Affordable DCP Service / Simple DCP creates Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) for theatrical exhibition. Whether you’re planning a film festival run or distributing your film to theaters nationwide, Simple DCP provides you with the tools and expertise to master your film with confidence. Located in Los Angeles, CA – Simple DCP knows the film industry. From Academy Award winners to breakout web series, we service a diverse, global clientele with tailored solutions and one-on-one attention. Start the conversation with us and see how we can help you bring your film to the big screen.

4200 Sepulveda Blvd.
Suite 102
Culver City, CA 90230

Tel: (213) 375-8327

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The Loft at 600F

Meeting and Event Spaces – Downtown DC / High ceilings and exposed brick in our historic building are accented with modern tech and chic furnishings in the perfect downtown location. The Loft at 600 F is the premier DC boutique space and served by concierge-level event services and staff. Walking distance to Convention Center (0.5 miles) and across the street from the Verizon Center.

One, two, or three floors can be set from a chic lounge to a formal conference table or from a engaging lecture or discussion panel to larger corporate happy hours or group parties. 600 F Northwest is perfect for day retreats, corporate meetings, and training seminars by day and ideally suited for evening cocktail hours, weddings, mitzvahs.

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3. Producers

ABC 7/Newschannel 8

Washington DC area local news including weather, traffic, sports, restaurants, business and events.

1100 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

Tel: (703) 236-9552

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Apple designs and creates iPod and iTunes, Mac laptop and desktop computers, the OS X operating system, and the revolutionary iPhone and iPad.

Tel: 800-MY-APPLE

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Barefoot Wine and Bubbly

Barefoot Wine and Bubbly’s goal has been to make the world a ‘better place through wine,’ since it was founded by two wine enthusiasts/social activists in California in 1965. Along the way, they have supported over 3,000 charities worldwide, and continue their mission of providing wine drinkers with a fun and relaxing experience.

600 Yosemite Blvd
Modesto, California 95354

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Landmark Theaters

Landmark Theatres is a recognized leader in the industry for providing its customers consistently diverse and entertaining film products in a sophisticated adult-oriented atmosphere.

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Ornua / Kerrygold

The Irish Dairy Board is a co-op, owned by its farmer members. The milk used to make cheeses and butter is grass-fed, and comes from a vast number of small local Irish farms that meet Kerrygold’s exacting standards.

1007 Church Street, Suite 314
Evanston, IL 60201

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, commonly referred to as Metro, is a tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

600 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Tel: 202-637-7000

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Our purpose: To connect people with great local businesses.   10 Things You Should Know About Yelp.  (1) Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics. (2) Yelp had a monthly average of 21 million unique visitors who visited Yelp via the Yelp app and 69 million unique visitors who visited Yelp via mobile web in Q1 2016. (3) Yelpers have written more than 102 million reviews by the end of Q1 2016. (4) In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find events, lists and to talk with other Yelpers. (5) Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post photos and message their customers.

(6) Yelp makes money by selling ads to local businesses – you’ll see these clearly labeled “Yelp Ads” around the site. (7) Paying advertisers can never change or re-order their reviews. (8)  Yelp uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community among the millions we get. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. The process has nothing to do with whether a business advertises on Yelp or not. Learn more here. (9) You can access Yelp via iPhone, Android, and more – see the full list of mobile apps here. (10) The Weekly Yelp brings locals updates on the latest and greatest business openings & other happenings.

140 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tel: (415) 908-3801

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4. Technical


Illy issimo proposes a full range of premium ready-to-drink cooffee beverages in order to satisfy all the different need states: Caffè e Caffè No Sugar for uplift and mental renewal, milk variants for sensory pleasure, Mochaccino for indulge. All illy issimo products are prepared with illy unique 100% Arabica coffee blend, for an intense Italian espresso experience.The finest ingredients with no artificial colours, aromas, flavours or preservatives added. A perfect high quality Italian style product to awaken your senses and uplift you for the day.


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KvM Rentals

Karma vs Mojo Rentals offers the Washington D.C. film making community with premium, yet sensibly priced equipment rentals and packages.

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Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment

The OCTFME staff initiate, implement and manage the operations and logistics of programs aimed at generating revenue and stimulating employment and business opportunities in the District through the production of film, television, video, photography and other multimedia projects. All staff may be reached by phone at (202) 727-6608 or email at film@dc.gov.

200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Tel: 202-727-6608

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The first Potbelly opened its doors in 1977 in Chicago, and since then has been selling an array of delicious homemade sandwiches on freshly baked bread in 14 markets across the nation, including Washington D.C.

4733 Bethesda Ave, Suite 330
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Shake Shack

Shake Shack sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation. The cart was quite the success, with Shack fans lined up daily for three summers. In 2004, a permanent kiosk opened in the park: Shake Shack was born. This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more. An instant neighborhood fixture, Shake Shack welcomed people from all over the city, country and world who gathered together to enjoy fresh, simple, high-quality versions of the classics in a majestic setting. The rest, as they say, is burger history.

800 F Street NW
(Corner of 9th Street NW)
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-800-9930

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ShopHouse is a tribute to the inspiring food cultures of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. While ShopHouse opened in 2011, our story actually goes back to 1993, when Steve Ells founded Chipotle and set out to change food culture for good. For over 20 years, Chipotle has shown that food served fast can be made from delicious ingredients that are sourced responsibly and prepared using classic cooking techniques. In other words, food served fast does not have to be the typical fast food experience.

Along the way, we realized that our commitment to Food With Integrity could extend beyond burritos. ShopHouse builds on our vision for the future of fast food by bringing Chipotle’s service format and food philosophy to the vibrant culinary tradition of Southeast Asia. The food cultures of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore are eye-opening and inspiring, with a focus on fresh, expertly prepared, and affordable fare that can be eaten every day. We pay tribute to the region’s flavors by balancing fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients that take hours to prepare and just seconds to come together in any combination you like.

710 7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Tel: 202-821-1246

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Sony Creative

Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, audio, and music production, as well as industry-leading technology for DVD production and Blu-ray Disc™ authoring. Sound Forge™ Pro, ACID™ Pro, Catalyst™ Production Suite, and Vegas™ Pro software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals. These signature product lines continue to advance media production by providing powerful, accessible tools. Today, there is a Sony Creative Software application for every level of expertise, including a full line of consumer software based on the company’s professional applications.

In addition, Sony Creative Software produces the extensive Sony® Sound Series collection of royalty-free loops and samples, Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series exclusive sound effects, and Vision Series video creation assets. Further, the company provides the industry-leading tools for enterprise-level Blu-ray Disc™ production: Blu-print®, DoStudio Authoring, and DoStudio Encoder software. The company’s customers span the globe and include professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, and hobbyists.

8215 Greenway Blvd, Suite 400
Middleton, WI 53562

Tel: (608) 203-7620

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ViridiSTOR’s patented software and hardware is the world’s first fiscally sound and environmentally sustainable solution to eliminate paper use at film festivals, trade shows, conferences, meetings, and literally any type of event. The ViridiSTOR Presenter software on the USB complements conventional film festival catalogs by digitally providing all of the information about each film in addition to the actual trailers or entire film itself, contact & social media information and more! With the Presenter’s powerful search and filtering capabilities, you will be able to find the right information about the film or cast & crew quickly and easily, with no Internet required. The Presenter software runs on either Windows or Mac computers, and is as easy to use as a web browser!

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Vivitek, a brand of Delta, is a leading manufacturer of visual display and presentation products. The company’s extensive lineup of award-winning digital projectors, collaboration and Digital Signage devices incorporate the latest innovations and technologies to deliver superior products. Vivitek has global sales and marketing operations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia and are renowned for providing the industries best warranties and innovative solutions. Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and a major player in several product segments such as industrial automation, displays, and networking. Its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow.” Delta has 114 sales offices, 56 R&D centers and 30 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

46101 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538

Tel: 855-885-2378

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Write Brothers

Since 1982, Write Brothers® Inc. (formerly called Screenplay Systems™) has been a world leader in film and television screenwriting and production software, including the first script formatting program, Scriptor™. For nearly two decades, over 80% of the Academy Award® nominations and 95% of the Emmy® awards have gone to companies that usedMovie Magic® Screenwriter™and other software originally created by Write Brothers Inc.

We are the first and the only creative team ever to receive anAcademy Technical Achievement Awardfor screenwriting software. Our President is a produced Hollywood writer and WGA member.  We are the only company with software for all phases of writing: creativity, brainstorming, outlining, and formatting. Our top-selling Movie Magic® Screenwriter™, Dramatica®, Word Menu®, and Outline 4D™ (formerly StoryView™) writing programs are used by leading novelists, fiction writers, screenwriters, and playwrights.  Hundreds of Hollywood films and TV shows have been written and produced with Write Brothers® software.

348 East Olive Ave, Suite H
Burbank, CA 91502

Tel: (800) 847-8679

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5. Crew


Washington, DC-based brand known for their craft pizza, trademark ampersand, localized store design and dedication to the communities they serve.

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AudioBlocks.com brings over 130,000 music tracks, sound effects and loops into our content library. AudioBlocks features a totally reimagined content discovery process specifically built for music, allowing you to search for the perfect track based on mood, genre, instruments, tempo and duration.

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Buredo (pronounced “bur-EE-doh”) is a local DC establishment, owned by two life-long childhood friends and DC natives who were looking for a unique, fresh lunch option. Our handheld, burrito-size sushi rolls feature Asian and other globally-inspired ingredients and flavors. Using seasoned rice and traditional nori, we roll our sushi burritos to order – perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for some good, clean eating with a twist.

We use the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients (no artificial dyes or flavors here) which we prepare daily to roll a fresh, hearty and flavor-packed sushi burrito. Veggies play a starring role as well – we are passionate about letting them shine through their natural flavors and textures, and love to pack a punch with pickling too. Buredo is bringing a new way of eating sushi to the nation’s capital. Always remember to eat your veggies, eat more fish and eat Buredo!

825 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202-289-0033

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DowntownDC Bid

The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research to help diversify the economy and enhance the Downtown experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. As a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader, the BID promotes public/private partnerships to create a remarkable urban environment.

1250 H Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202-638-3232

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We believe Filmmaking should be enhanced by technology, leaving no limitations! So we’re giving the power back to the filmmaker by providing software that delivers beautiful colors, leaving you to create beautiful stories.FilmConvert enables you to add film color & grain to your video in a few simple clicks. With a range of market-leading cameras profiled, you can achieve precise, industry leading results even under the tightest deadline.

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Final Draft

Marc Madnick moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to follow his dream of being a screenwriter. Like many aspiring and professional screenwriters of the time, he found the process of writing a script trying and time-consuming.  The problem was not a lack of ideas, but rather the lack of any word-processor capable of automatically formatting a script to Hollywood’s stringent standards. This experience led Madnick and former partner Ben Cahan to the creation of Final Draft, a fully dedicated screenwriting software application that automatically formats your script to Hollywood’s industry standards.  A very strategic marketer, Madnick knew that if he could convince Hollywood’s heaviest hitters (Tom Hanks, Oliver Stone, and Lawrence Kasdan, to name a few) that Final Draft software will save them time and money, he’d have a chance at success. Just five years after its inception and Madnick’s aggressive marketing campaign, Final Draft screenwriting software had become the entertainment industry standard for screenwriting and the market leader among its competitors worldwide. With the company now in its 25th year and the ninth version of the software, Final Draft, the application and its brand, continues to grow in popularity and into new markets throughout the world.

In 2013, Final Draft was awarded the prestigious Prime time Emmy Engineering Award. In 2016, Final Draft was acquired by Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Based in Burbank, California, and with offices across the U.S. and in Canada, Cast & Crew is a trusted partner to major and independent film and television studios.  Cast & Crew provides clients with a robust portfolio of critical services.  These include payroll and residuals processing, the industry-leading PSL production accounting system and other software, as well as financial services such as production incentive consulting, administration and financing.  Cast & Crew continues to accelerate its investment in technology, supported by majority shareholder Silver Lake Partners, the global leader in technology investing, which acquired Cast & Crew in mid-2015.

Tel: (800) 231-4055

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Gediyon Kifle

Gediyon Kifle is a Washington, D.C.-based award-winning photography whose client list and published work include: Gourmet, Elle a’la Carte, Savoy, The Times Picayune and the Washington Post magazine. His work can be found in private collections and museums throughout the United States and Africa.

923 F Street NW, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (202) 271-9475

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Government Video Expo

Now in its 20th year, Government Video Expo showcases video, broadcast, audio, display, streaming, and delivery technologies on its exhibit floor, while also providing a broad range of educational options for media professionals working in television and production for federal, state and local government, education, law enforcement and education. Offering complimentary admission for qualified professionals, Government Video Expo is firmly established as the premier media technology event for the Mid-Atlantic area, with three days of conferences, keynotes, training sessions, product demonstrations, panel discussions, and networking events.

NewBay Media, LLC
28 East 28th Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Tel: 212-378-0400

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GraphicStock.com takes our unique subscription model and applies it to the web and graphic design world. With over 250,000 vectors, illustrations, photos, infographics, icons and more, the site provides unparalleled selection and is truly a front end designers best friend.

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Half Pops

WE ARE A SMALL TEAM OF PEOPLE WHO EMBRACE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION – WE JUST HAPPEN TO REALLY LOVE FOOD. It all started with an idea, a slightly obsessed founder, some uncooked popcorn and lots and lots of testing. Mike Fitzgerald (Fitz) was on a mission to perfect the process on how to create a crunchier version of popcorn…you know, the best part. Conceptually, it sounds pretty easy to do…but easy, it wasn’t, or someone probably would’ve figured this out a long time ago. Fitz was crazy about the idea (and possibly a little crazy in general) so he built a small factory hoping to find the perfect popcorn crunch. A couple of years and tens of thousands of pounds of popcorn later, he finally nailed it! Family and friends around Seattle were gobbling it up. Since all great ideas deserve such treatment a US Patent was filed, a brand name was created (Halfpops…genius) and Halfpops were available in stores in April of 2011. The business was born.

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Hint Water

We love our tasty water that’s 100% natural goodness. hint water is water, just more delicious. hint water and hint fizz have 0 sugar, 0 diet sweeteners, 0 stevia, 0 preservatives, 0 calories, and 0 gmos. we promote a policy of 0 fake (and we’re super proud of it!). hint is pure wholesome water with nothing but natural fruit oils and essences – now there’s a hintcentive you can happily drink to!

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HomeAdvisor is the free and easy way for homeowners to find and connect with trusted home improvement, maintenance and repair professionals. As the nation’s largest online home improvement marketplace, we’ve connected more than 35 million homeowners to our network of pre-screened home service professionals since we started in 1999. And, because planning is integral to the completion of any great home project, we also offer design inspiration, budgeting tools and advice. HomeAdvisor is proud to be one of Denver’s Top Places to Work and an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC).

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Looking for a way to pitch your idea for a television show or movie? iPITCH.TV offers a next generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives and gives creators industry pro advice on how to pitch a television show or feature film. Pitch your idea for a Movie, Screenplay, Television Show, Short Film, New Media Project and more.

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Jungle Software

Jungle Software provides filmmakers and storytellers of all levels and genres with a full range of software solutions, including Gorilla Pro film production software, Chimpanzee production software (for smaller budgets,) the Gorilla Ratebook labor union rate guide, Koala Call Sheets (makes stunning call sheets,) and StoryO2 story organization software.

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MovieMaker Magazine

MovieMaker Magazine is the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent film magazine. MovieMaker’s content is directed at the audience as well as the artist, and its lively mix of interviews, trend-setting criticism, DIY techniques, festival coverage, distribution and financing tips, behind-the-scenes indie “war stories” and appreciations of classic Hollywood actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, screenwriters and editors makes MovieMaker Magazine a perennial favorite and trusted brand with cinema artists and discriminating film fans everywhere.

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Philz Coffee

THE BEGINNING OF PHILZ / Phil Jaber went on a quest 25 years ago to make a really great cup of coffee. He wanted to create a blend that was flavorful, complex, rich, smooth, and low in acidity. His quest took him all over the world and after visiting thousands of coffee shops, Phil created over 30 unique blends. Phil wanted to make sure the coffee making process embodied a personal and social feel, so he designed his own coffee station allowing for every cup to be crafted one cup at a time. By personalizing each cup, Phil had found a way to allow for individuality in every cup of love.

1827 Adams Mill Rd. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Tel: 202-601-7710

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Pinstripes was built from a passion to gather, to celebrate, and to experience sophisticated fun. Gather around our outdoor fire pit, rival friends in a game of bocce, or lace up the bowling shoes in our grand rendition of the classic American pastime. Our unique event venues accommodate an expanse of interests from corporate luncheons to wedding receptions. We feature seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in every dish. We take pride in our thoughtfully selected wine list, rotating craft beers, and attractive variety of handcrafted cocktails. Guests will leave knowing they received the perfect balance of culinary expertise, entertainment, event space and professional service that can only be defined as the Pinstripes Experience.

Georgetown Park
1064 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20007

Tel: 202-625-6500

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Pond 5

Pond5 is a New York based online marketplace for royalty-free media. The company licenses royalty-free footage, music, sound effects, after effects, images and 3-D models. It is reported to have the world’s largest collection of stock footage.

80 Fifth Avenue, 18th floor
New York, NY 10011

Tel: (646) 233-2155

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Quick Film Budget

Why Use Quick Film Budget? TIME and MONEY. Filmmakers’ time is valuable and their resources are limited. Whether you’re a professional screenwriter, director or producer or a first timer looking to break in, the process of creating a film budget could take a month and be quite costly. Quick Film Budget (QFB) will generate your budget in a matter of seconds. You will quickly be on your way to creating the right presentation to show investors, producers or studios.

Before you score your big spec sale or close any pay-or-play deal, there is no need to start spending big money on a film project. Film budgets can cost as much as thousands of dollars to create but Quick Film Budget instantly delivers a professional, customized budget for the low cost of $199.

How Does QFB Work? QFB allows the user to customize the budget specifically to his or her own screenplay or movie project details through a series of questions.

Each completed film budget will include a personalized topsheet and a fully detailed production budget. The detailed production budget includes development costs, talent costs, prep period budget, shooting period production budget, post-production budget, financing costs, contingency costs and total above-the-line and below-the-line breakdowns. Then, the filmmaker can request a modifiable version in Microsoft Excel, iWork Numbers, Entertainment Partners Movie Magic Budgeting or Showbiz Budgeting.

11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #459
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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Red Giant

At Red Giant, we make tools, films and training to enrich the community of filmmakers and motion designers. For our own award-winning short films, we create new software to fill our needs. Then we make those products available for everyone else, helping artists create the perfect look that matches their story. Red Giant develops tools that make the filmmaking process faster, more secure, more accurate and just more fun. For over 10 years, we have built software for motion design, color correction, visual effects and photography that is used for everything from major motion pictures to worldwide television programming to web production. To learn more, and to join the Red Giant community, please visit us at www.redgiant.com. You can also join us on Facebook (RedGiantSoftware), follow us on Twitter (@RedGiantNews) , watch our films (www.redgiant.com/films) and get free content at Redgiantpeople.com.

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Road Map Writers

Roadmap Writers is a full-service educational screenwriting service offering screenwriting intensives, script consultations, open pitch sessions and more!

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Roti Modern Mediterranean

We created Roti for a reason: To share our love of the Mediterranean’s delicious flavors, wholesome ingredients, and bright spices. This is food you’ll love to eat and makes you feel great. Check out their Facebook and Instagram.

1311 F Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-499-4145

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Split is a new way to get around town. Tell us where you’re going, and our technology instantly connects you with people traveling in the same direction. Everyone saves money, every time. Free Rides with Split…Split offers super affordable on-demand shared rides. With no surge pricing and at a price close to public transit, Split makes life a little easier. We’ve teamed up to get you to around the festival- just download the app & sign-up w/ code DCSHORTS for 2 ride credits (worth up to $10 each)!

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The Lookout

The Lookout is a video collective that operates like a co-working space for independent video professionals and boutique production companies. We’ve built a strong community for video industry craftspeople that facilitates greater opportunities, more work, and actual ‘creative’ collaboration. The Lookout was formed in late 2012 after it’s founders completed their largest project to date, The Garden of Steven. Since then we’ve grown into a large family of filmmakers housed in our three story studio in Adams Morgan.

2439 18th St NW - Upstairs
Adams Morgan, DC 20009

Tel: 615-293-6081

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The Tracking Board

(TB) The Tracking Board is Hollywood’s #1 source for insider news and exclusives, tracking, analysis and coverage on all things film, television and entertainment. Home to the most robust spec market tracking, in development coverage, annual best lists, reviews, reports, opinions and daily news as it happens.

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Total Party

At Total Party, you’ll find everything you need for all of life’s special celebrations. Friendly and experienced staff, combined with an extensive selection of party supplies make us the perfect place to shop for your next social or business event. Visit our Total Fright website for an exceptional selection of Halloween costumes & accessories.

1750 Crystal Drive Store , # D-40
Arlington, VA 222023

Tel: 202-333-5950

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T-Shirts, Hoodies, Golf Shirts, Kid Shirts, and More

Wicking Shirts, Mugs, Photo Tiles, Car Flags, and much much more


Tel: 703-373-3740

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VideoBlocks.com is the only subscription-based site that provides members with unlimited downloads of stock video, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds and more. With 115,000 clips and counting, we provide unparalleled value to our customers saving our typical customer thousands of dollars each year compared to expensive marketplace alternatives.

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6. Cast

Actors’ Center

The Actors’ Center (AC) is a membership group and a non-profit organization created by and for actors in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Since its inception in 1981, the AC has grown into a large and diverse community of more than 1,100 active, talented members, including theater artists of all types and ranging from early-career beginners to experienced professionals.

1810 16th St NW, 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: 202-332-1911

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Arlington Independent Media

Arlington Independent Media (AIM) is a nonprofit membership organization and community media center in Arlington, Virginia. We provide training and access to media technologies, and facilitate the creation of video, audio, web and digital content. AIM is committed to cultivating the voices in our community that might otherwise not be heard.

Since 1982, AIM has continuously provided a video production equipment, facilities, training, and access to a basic cable television channel to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Our members use their skills to produce powerful local media content that highlights the people, places, organizations, businesses and events in our community. Our video programming can be found on in Arlington County on the two public access cable television channels we operate: Comcast channel 69 and Verizon channel 38.

AIM’s facility, located in Clarendon just off Wilson boulevard, is equipped with the latest in media-making tools including an HD three-camera television studio, a state-of-the-art audio production suite, portable audio and video equipment, two editing stations, a Mac computer lab, a mobile production van, and more. With the historic launch of WERA-LP 96.7 FM, Radio Arlingon in December 2015, AIM continues needs of the diverse population of Arlington County and the DC metro area in exciting new ways. Take a look at our class offerings and consider becoming a member to take advantage of everything we have to offer.

2701-C Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

Tel: 703-524-2388

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Asian Pacific American Film Festival

The mission of the DC Asian Pacific America Film Festival is to bring attention to the creative output from Asian Pacific American (APA) communities and encourage the artistic development of APA films in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.

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Atlas Theater

The Atlas is an historic and cultural anchor in the Near Northeast community of Washington, DC. The Atlas fosters and presents stellar art in theatre, dance, music, vocal and choral work, spoken word, and more. We support and partner with DC arts makers – our Arts Partners – including Capital City Symphony, Congressional Chorus and the American Youth Chorus, Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and Step Afrika! The Atlas also leads in its arts education initiatives through our City at Peace youth development program and the Atlas’ Stagecraft Training and Apprenticeship Program.

Here at the Atlas we also make a difference through our community arts programs such as Mobilizing Our Community where close to 900 people created over 60 stellar mobiles and experienced the power of community, balance and connection. In the winter each year, we produce our popular Intersections Festival that hosts close to 400 artists and performing groups who entertain and engage 1000’s of patrons in a multi-week long festival. Our mission as a community focused arts organization is to bring people together through the arts to create, connect, and engage through innovative performances, events, and initiatives spanning a range of artistic expressions, traditions, and cultures. As the catalyst for neighborhood growth and change, the Atlas plays a major role in the regional creative economy and is where the arts, culture, and connection happen on H Street.

1333 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tel: 202-399-7993

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For over 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors and performers to find jobs and career advice, and for casting professionals and talent seekers to find the right performers for their projects. Today, Backstage is the largest online casting platform in the United States, with over 4,000 roles posted every week, and over 100,000 members building their careers on the platform. Casting professionals can take advantage of sophisticated application management tools to make the job of finding the perfect performer a breeze.

At Backstage, a team of casting experts review each casting notice posted to ensure the quality and legitimacy of the project, and to quickly reject any illegitimate listings. No other casting service takes the steps we do to protect performers. We take the safety and privacy of our members seriously, with the customer success team always available to respond to any questions or issues you may have on your journey as a performer.

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Barbizon Lighting Company

Barbizon Lighting Company has been providing professional lighting and rigging equipment for over 65 years. Professionals from all industries turn to our team for lighting equipment, expendables, systems and rigging. Our expertise goes beyond equipment, as we provide ideas and solutions for entertainment and architectural projects. Whether you work in the television, film, theatre, museum, house of worship or architectural lighting communities, Barbizon Lighting has the knowledge, expertise, and service that sets us apart.  We not only provide equipment, expendables and accessories, but we also offer complete system integration, installation, commissioning, technical services, and support after the job is complete. We’re here to provide lighting and rigging equipment for most any application.

6437 G General Green Way
Alexandria, VA 22312

Tel: 703-750-3900

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Jem Schofield is the founder of theC47, an online and offline educational resource focused on teaching the craft of video production and filmmaking (with production based workshops taught throughout the United States and abroad). He spends his time producing, educating others and otherwise being almost borderline obsessed with cameras and lighting.

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Capital Fringe


At Capital Fringe our focus is on expanding audiences appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art.

Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.

1358 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tel: 202-737-7230

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Clif Bar

At Clif, we’re passionate about food. Food that feeds and inspires the adventure in all of us. Whether you’re going on a hike, hitting the slopes, or competing in a triathlon, our recipes are purposefully crafted to help provide the energy you need.

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DC Casting: Actors/Acting Film Stage Video Improv Comedians

The purpose of this group is to bring together a network of actors, of all levels, skills, in which the exchange of valuable information would take place, in addition to building an community that is embodied with support and friendship for the actor(s) who are committed to pursuing their acting careers on a professional level. Join us if you act, want to act, are voice/vocal talent, or have related links to the interests of the group. While this group is not a forum for advertising your for-profit events, we may share information of interest to members.

Top Reasons Why You Should Join!
1) Because you are an Aspiring or Professional Actor or Actress.
2) You would like to join a community of your peers where there are networking opportunities, and the exchanged of resources and knowledge related to the world of Acting for the working and aspiring actor.
3) Because there is finally an organization where you can build friendships with persons who share your passion and dream for acting, in an non- competitive environment.

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DC Filmmakers

The DC Filmmakers group is a community of people passionate about the moving image (film, video, television, web broadcast/streaming, … ). We look at digital production and film production as two side of the same coin. The group is a resource to network, make films, learn, teach, screen films, discuss business aspects of the industry, and to make friends. Our members include Producers, Directors, Cinematographers, Writers, Editors, Actors, Audio Engineers, Lighting Gaffers, Grips, Audio Designers, Digital Artists, and Entertainment Lawyers.

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DC Public Library

The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity and to build a thriving city. We are proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.

901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Tel: 202-727-0321

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DMV Arts + Culture

We are patrons of the arts, connoisseurs, and culture enthusiasts. Greater DC Arts! is your community to experience the best in art, culture, and social events that the DMV has to offer. From visual arts to dance to comedy to music to theater and beyond, we are a community that embraces talent, expression, and culture in its many forms.

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Docs in Progress

Docs In Progress is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. Creating community through documentary film. Docs In Progress creates and fosters a supportive community for documentary filmmakers. By developing, encouraging, and celebrating new and diverse voices in documentary film, we also seek to deepen the public’s experience, understanding, and appreciation for documentary as a form of art and expression. We do this by offering an array of programs and services aimed at aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers and the broader community.

8700 1st Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tel: 301-789-2797

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 7–16, 2016

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Veteran actor James Whitmore lent his presence to festival’s first year and the following year, actor James Earl Jones proclaimed, “I see the 1990’s as holding the promise of an unparalleled era of popularity for nonfiction film and video, with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as one of the genre’s most important venues.” In 1992, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI) incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and remains one of the few film institutes in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary film genre. Each yearthe Institute presents the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival with the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers, the institute’s board, and staff members. The festival’s screening committee views nearly 1,000 films submitted from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and selects roughly 100 to be presented each year.

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Kimberley Skyrme Entertainment

Kimberly sees herself as an Artist, she paints her canvas with People. Her acting background enhances her skills for communicating the specific language used between directors and actors. Combining her love of filmmaking and her ability to find the “right face for the right place” she continues to work around the clock on current and future projects. She works directly with Producers and Directors during the development, creative, and pre-production phases. Personal attention is paid to all phases of casting from the initial meeting to hear the Director’s vision, to talent selection, audition logistics and post production needs. In addition to the pre-screening of talent and creative selection of the most qualified actors, her services also include live, video, or audio auditions. Kimberly facilitates and attends all auditions and call back sessions. She and her team can handle rehearsal schedules, script delivery, wardrobe requirements, fittings, final call times, directions and location information.

4313 Sheridan Street
University Park, MD 20782

Tel: 301-927-4462

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Kimberly Skyrme Casting

Kimberly began her career as a Casting Director in 1990, after graduating from American University in Washington DC as a Theatre Major with a minor in Modern Dance, her roots started at Central Casting, and in 1993 she started her own company, Capital Casting. With help of many wonderful Actors, she has worked on film, television, and radio projects in cities across the US for major movie studios, advertising agencies, and numerous regional film companies. Her unceasing dedication toward the art of professional casting has earned her a long-standing reputation in the industry, as well as life-long friendships. She has supported studio features, independent films, commercials, videos, and well known TV series. Her portfolio includes work on Deep Impact, Hearts in Atlantis, Beloved, Pelican Brief, True Lies, Unsolved Mysteries, Death of a Nation, Group House, Camouflage, and a Bud Light commercial. She has also garnered kudos for her work in music videos, games, interactive programs, training videos, radio and theatre.

4313 Sheridan Street
University Park, MD 20782

Tel: 301-927-4462

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Make a Movie in a Month

Our collaborative production challenge returns with “Make a Movie in a Month” (MMM 2016) ! Make a short film in about 30 days. Get experience, meet new friends, and have some fun. These are the goals of the production meeting. You asked to do it again and now you have the chance.

Calendar of events:
8/22/16 “Make a Movie in a Month” – production begins
8/22/16 Production meeting in D.C. at Make Offices Dupont
8/23/16 Production meeting in Bethesda at Make Offices
9/25/16 “Make a Movie in a Month” – production ends, all films due by 6pm
10/24/16 Screening of all completed MMM 2016 films at Chuck Levin’s

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Miracle Theatre


The Miracle Theatre is located on Capitol Hill in the historic Barracks Row neighborhood. The original building, the Meader Theater, opened on December 27, 1909 as a vaudeville theatre with a mix of entertainment, including motion pictures and live performances. The building continued to operate as a movie theatre under several names until 1960: Meader, New Meader, Family and Academy. During the theatre’s many transitions and renovations it showed a variety of films including silent, triple-feature westerns and in the late 1950s, foreign films. In 1962, The People’s Church purchased the building and served the Capitol Hill community for half a century. On March 23, 2011, National Community Church purchased it, launching its seventh location in the metro DC area and embarking on a mission to revive the building’s rich history as a movie house and live entertainment destination.


The Miracle Theatre is a second-run movie theater and live performance venue, and the newest oldest movie theater in Washington, DC. Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” A well-created story transports. It provokes thought and invites us to reimagine. It inspires and beckons us to experience the everyday miracles all around. At The Miracle, we celebrate great art, music, and storytelling that is beautiful, truthful, aspirational, or just plain fun. Come to The Miracle and be transported. Let us make your day miraculous

35 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Tel: (202) 400-3210

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Miss Pixie’s

Whether you are looking for mid-century sofa, a contemporary coffee table, or new glassware, Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot has it all, and then some!

1626 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: (202) 232-8171

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Monster Remotes

Monster Remotes is a camera rental house that specializes in cutting-edge remote camera head technologies.

Monster Remotes – Shop
1474 Ridgeway Street
Union NJ 07083

Monster Remotes – Billing
1474 Ridgeway Street
Union NJ 07083

Tel: 646-330-5133

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc. is the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the United States. The company was founded in 1966 in Berkeley, Calif. by Alfred Peet. Peet was an early tea authority who later became widely recognized as the grandfather of specialty coffee in the U.S. Today, Peet’s Coffee & Tea offers superior quality coffees and teas in multiple forms, by sourcing the best quality coffee beans and tea leaves in the world, adhering to strict high-quality and taste standards, and controlling product quality through its unique direct store delivery selling and merchandising system. Peet’s is committed to strategically growing its business through many channels while maintaining the extraordinary quality of its coffees and teas.

13th & G
601 13th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 499-6483

14th Street
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 899-2980

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Pro Cuts Editing Services

We at Pro Cuts Editing Services pride ourselves in our specialized approach to video post production. We offer Professional Video Editing, Multimedia, Graphics, custom Blu Ray/DVD Authoring, Replication and Duplication, Streaming Video, Edit Suite Rentals, Web Design and Development, PowerPoint/Keynote Slideshows along with consultation, internet-based research and digital storage solutions, making us a great stress reliever for all who want to make their video shine.

For videographers and photographers, we are the perfect way to elevate those final hour frustrations. Many have found themselves busy with shoots and inevitably behind in their editing work. Working with our firm, will reduce your post production tension. We are your partner, not your competitor. For non-professional videographers and photographers, we pride ourselves in providing educated editing for your video. Thereby, making your perfect lasting memory. Serving Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond.

Pro Cuts Editing Services
(Chesapeake Executive Offices)
2138 Priest Bridge Court, Suite 1
Crofton, MD 21114

Tel: 301-464-5067

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Rosebud Film Festival

January 27 – January 29, 2017
2017 Film Submissions Now Open

Submission Entry

Since 1990 the Rosebud Film Festival has worked to recognize and honor the innovative, unusual, experimental, and deeply personal in regional film and video making, and to offer audiences with the finest in locally produced, contemporary work. For over 20 years, the competition has recognized and honored the innovative, unusual, experimental, and deeply personal in regional film and video making. All film types are welcome, including features, shorts, fiction, documentary, experimental, animated, and music videos. The competition is open exclusively to DC, Maryland, and Virginia filmmakers with works first released between January 1, 2015, and November 7, 2016. The five winners—including one Best of Show—will be announced at a gala awards celebration on the evening of Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Clarendon Ballroom. In addition to promotional opportunities and special screenings, the five winners will each receive $1,000 cash.

2701-C Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

Tel: 703-524-2388

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SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.

New York Office
1900 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023
(between 63rd and 64th streets)

Tel: 212-944-1030

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

October 19 – 23, 2016

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival invests in the advancement of independent, innovative, and cutting edge cinema bringing 5 days of excellence in filmmaking to the inclusive and diverse community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Socially Relevant Film Festival

March 13-19, 2017
2017 Film Submission Period Now Open

Film Freeway: Submission
Without a Box: Submission

***** *****
SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant film content, dealing with human interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and might offer positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR(TM) believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, and the human condition as a whole, it is possible to create a better world free of violence, hate and crime.

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Spot Hero

SpotHero is an on-demand parking mobile app- and website-based marketplace that connects parking lots, parking garages and valet services that comprise the marketplace for parking spaces with drivers who need to find and reserve them.

We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the E Street Cinema SpotHero Parking Page to book parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the U.S. Navy Memorial SpotHero Parking Page to book parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Atlas Performing Arts Center SpotHero Parking Page to book parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code DCSHORTS for an extra $5 off parking!

Tel: 202-999-3586

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Teaism is a locally owned restaurant with 3 locations in DC. We are passionate about serving top quality loose leaf tea and fresh, healthy food!

Penn Quarter
400 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-638-6010

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The Metro DC Center

The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.To fulfill our mission, we focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & support services, and advocacy and community building. We envision communities where LGBT people feel healthy, safe, and affirmed.

Center Arts is the home for our arts and cultural programs. This includes the Reel Affirmations Film Festival (www.reelaffirmations.org), the OutWrite LGBT Book Festival (www.outwritedc.org), the Capturing Fire Poetry Slam (www.capturingfire.org), and the DC Queer Theatre Festival (www.dcqueertheatrefest.org).

2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: 202-682-2245

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Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts began in 1983 as a unique collaboration of lawyers and artists to fulfill a mission to serve artists in need of legal knowledge and assistance. Since then, WALA has supported artistic expression and creative innovation serving the legal needs of the arts and cultural communities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. WALA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides access to education, advocacy and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics and pro-bono referral services for creatives and cultural organizations. More than 350 of Washington’s top lawyers and law firms participate as volunteers in WALA’s legal services programs.

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Washington DC Film Critics Association

Founded in 2002, The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) comprises professional DC-based film critics with affiliations in television, radio, print and the internet. As of 2016, WAFCA has grown to include 50 dedicated members from the District, Maryland and Virginia. Our group works to advocate complete freedom of expression in film and film criticism – including the individual critic’s right to disagree with the opinions of their colleagues, and to promote public awareness that film in an important art form as well as a means of entertainment. WAFCA maintains stringent requirements for membership and our members must adhere to all studio-imposed review embargoes. Our members vote every December to recognize the very best achievements of the cinematic year. Over the brief history of the association, WAFCA has garnered international attention, respect and credibility for the independent-minded approach that the group has taken in honoring Hollywood’s elite, often serving as a bellwether for identifying both Golden Globe and Academy Award winners.

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Washington Glass School

The Washington Glass School offers an educational experience to those wishing to explore creative techniques in all aspects of glass making. Their mission is to introduce artists practicing in other media to the joys of glass, by offering hands-on instruction and workshops that cater to an urban living environment, with classes scheduled in the evenings and weekends.

3700 Otis St
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Tel: (202) 744-8222

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Wheaton Film Festival

November 11, 2016
2016 Film Submission is Now Open

Film Freeway: Submission

With film screenings, panel discussions, and networking, the 2nd Annual Wheaton Film Festival is a great showcase for filmmakers and film fans. Everyone is invited to come to Wheaton, MD on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 3pm – check out Eventbrite for tickets. The selected filmmakers will each get to introduce their film live to the attending audience and to answer some brief Q&A.

We will have two education panels. The tentative topics are:
• Filmmaking A to Z – a discussion of the overall process of filmmaking and distribution.
• Entertainment Law 101 presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)

This event is supported in part by the Montgomery County government, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Chuck Levin’s Music Center, WALA, DC Media Makers, DC Filmmakers, DC Shorts, Docs In Progress, Arune Labs, Adobe Software, and Final Draft Software.

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Winter Film Awards

February 23 – March 4, 2017
2017 Film Submission Period Now Open

Film Freeway: Submission
Without a Box: Submission

***** *****
Winter Film Awards is an all-volunteer women and minority-run 501(c)3 organization founded in 2011 by NYC filmmakers and arts enthusiasts. It was built with the dream of making indie film more accessible to the public and providing driven, talented artists the opportunity to break through competitive barriers to establish meaningful careers in film. Our Mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema, with a special emphasis on showcasing women and minority filmmakers and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers. Our focus is on nurturing emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry.

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7. Supporting Cast

72 Film Fest

The 72 Film Fest is an annual time based film competition where teams have 72hours to make a movie. Based just outside the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area in Frederick, MD- 72 Film Fest inspires and challenges filmmakers to create a movie based around a specific annual theme. 2016 Marks the ELEVENTH year for Frederick Maryland. 72 Fest was founded with the introduction of the 72 Film Fest in 2006. Our Mission: To provide an outlet for the creative community by hosting challenges in the fields of filmmaking, stage, writing, and other arts.

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AFI DOCS is the nation’s documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world.  AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the United States that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers and intriguing film subjects. With conversations and experiences you won’t experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change. Screenings during this annual five-day event take place in landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region.  Throughout the year the AFI DOCS FILM SERIES brings audiences in the nation’s capital the best in nonfiction filmmaking.

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Alexandria Film Festival

The Alexandria Film Festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations to the historic port city of Alexandria, Virginia. The festival is an intimate four-day celebration of film in Old Town Alexandria, located a few miles from Washington, DC. The Festival highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers. Alexandria is home to a diverse group of film producers and enthusiasts, arts patrons, members of Congress and their staff, corporate executives, and a large number of culturally-minded individuals. The city attracts many visitors and residents of the Washington metropolitan area who value its arts and history community. The Alexandria Film Festival proudly promotes and supports the artistry of filmmakers to provide an engaging viewer experience.

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Barracks Row Main Street

Our Mission
The mission of Barracks Row Main Street is to revitalize 8th Street SE as a vibrant commercial corridor reconnecting Capitol Hill to the Anacostia River using historic preservation and the arts as economic development tools and benefiting the broadest possible local community.

Our Vision Statement
Our vision for Barracks Row is to create a vibrant business district steeped in history. The gateways to the business district invite customers into the first major commercial street of the old Federal City. Eighth Street SE is still a thriving commercial district scene, with many retail shops and restaurants enjoyed by community members in a safe and clean environment.

731 8th Street, SE
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20003

Tel: (202) 544-3188

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Capital Irish Film Festival

March 2- March 5, 2017
2017 Film Submissions Now Open

Submission Entries

***** *****
CIFF showcases films about subjects pertaining to all of Ireland, Irish identity and culture or that are examples of Irish artistry. Entries are invited for feature-length or short films, including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, experimental and musical. CIFF welcomes Irish language films, which must contain English subtitles.

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Chesapeake Film Festival

October 27 – October 30, 2016

With all of today’s movie viewing options, the film festival is still the only place to see great new works, discover hidden treasures, and engage with the heart of an artist.  Building on a legacy of diversity and quality, Chesapeake Film Festival’s 9th annual program will sharpen its focus on stories of particular interest and care to our region and community. Join the Discovery and share your interests!

101 Marlboro Ave, Ste 53
Easton, MD 21601

Tel: 410-822-3500

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CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

CulturalDC & Flashpoint / 916 G Street, NW / Washington, DC 20001
Source / 1835 14th Street, NW / Washington, DC 20009

Tel: 202-315-1305

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DC Adventure Film Festival

Our Mission

to inspire adventure across all generations and cultures,
to encourage outdoor activity,
to celebrate the outdoor experience, and
to educate through the power of film.

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DC Chinese Film Festival

September 22 – September 25, 2016

Founded in 2011, DCCFF bring together artists, film professionals, film lovers, and scholars to Washington DC, the capital of documentary and independent filmmaking, for rare screenings, cutting-edge panel discussions, and networking events.

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DC Environmental Film Festival

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Through our annual festival, year-round events, and online resources, we seek to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film. Each March in Washington, DC, we host the largest environmental film festival in the United States, presenting more than 150 films to an audience of over 27,000. Often combined with thematic discussions and social events, our films screen at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Many of our screenings are free. DCEFF also partners with filmmakers, distributors, and venues to present environmental films throughout the year. Our Washington, DC location offers the unique ability for films and filmmakers to reach national decision makers. Founded in 1993, DCEFF is the longest-running environmental film festival in the United States. It has grown into a major collaborative cultural event both during the festival season and all year-round.

1224 M Street, NW
Suite 301
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202-342-2564

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DC Independent Film Festival

DCIFF was launched in 1999 to nurture independent film. As a competitive festival, all films are Washington DC premieres and many are U.S. and world premieres. As the oldest independent film festival in Washington, the DC Independent Film Festival has a storied history of presenting extraordinary films. We have showcased cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. By exhibiting world premiere screenings, hosting timely seminars and workshops, and even sponsoring discussions with the United States Congress, DCIFF gives independent filmmakers opportunities for their voices to be heard in a way that no other festival can provide.

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DC Labor Fest

The annual DC Labor FilmFest brings an array of new films and beloved classics about work and workers across the globe to the nation’s capital.

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DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

October 5 – 9, 2016

***** *****

DCPFAF is a non-profit, volunteer-run annual festival that showcases the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists in Washington, DC + surrounding areas.

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EuroAsia Shorts

EuroAsia Shorts proudly presents an annual week of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C. Every night includes a cultural Q&A and discussion with experts, and several nights include special reception events! Join an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian.

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eXposure Short Film Festival

eXposure Media is dedicated to serving a community of artists that share stories and narratives through film-the best form of storytelling. The eXposure Short Film Festival will bring together the creatives of the DMV area to share their vision on the big screen for the second time.

The eXposure Media Project supports and educates the local art community by providing a platform for individuals to display their short films. Come enjoy Film makers from the DMV region as they share their vision on the the big screen at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Come experience the art of film making with stories about life, social injustice, diversity, culture, love and the cool animations from returning film makers.

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GALA Hispanic Theater

GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos) Hispanic Theatre is a National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. Since 1976 GALA has been promoting and sharing the Latino arts and cultures with a diverse audience, creating work that speaks to communities today, and preserving the rich Hispanic heritage for generations that follow. By developing and producing works that explore the breadth of Latino performing arts, GALA provides opportunities for the Latino artist, educates youth, and engages the entire community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. GALA has staged over 200 productions, ranging from classical Spanish theater to contemporary Latin American plays, original musicals, and works by local Latino youth; toured elementary schools with bilingual children’s programs; and participated in national and international theater festivals.

GALA partners regularly with other local arts groups, including the In Series, Young Playwrights’ Theater, and Washington Performing Arts Society, with whom it co-presents the annual ArteAmericA series.  Over the years, ArteAmericA has introduced Washington D.C. audiences to over 100 established and cutting-edge performing artists, including Tito Puente, Guillermo Gómez Peña, Lila Downs, and Gilberto Gil, and provided hundreds of local school children the opportunity to participate in workshops with these talents.

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GI Film Festival

The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film. The GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty. Some of the films screened are voted on by fans. Others are screened for the first time. All will in some way express the courage and selflessness of our fighting men and women and the value of their work.

The GI Film Festival is open to filmmakers of every experience level, from first-timers to veteran directors and producers. Prizes are awarded annually to winners in three main categories: feature, documentary, and film shorts.  In addition to presenting feature, documentary, and short film screenings, the GIFF also presents panel discussions, educational forums and special events, including: Movie screenings by international and domestic filmmakers. Awards presentation featuring a special celebrity major motion picture screening. Kick-off cocktail party and red carpet events, Special exhibitions, Hollywood “meet and greets,” and more…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

The HRW Film Festival currently screens in over 20 cities around the world throughout the year. The festival’s programming committee operates out of the New York office to screen more than 500 films each year. Through a rigorous vetting process, that includes review by Human Rights Watch’s programmatic staff, the festival chooses approximately 40 films each year to participate in our various festivals. It is then up to the particular city and its programming committee to choose films from this final selection for their specific festival.

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Immigration Film Festival

October 20 – 23, 2016

We are a group of unpaid volunteers working year-round to produce an annual film festival bringing stories of immigrants and refugees to Capital area audiences.  The Immigration Film Festival is under the wing of the Washington Ethical Society, a nonprofit, humanistic religious congregation. Since it serves as the Festival’s fiscal sponsor, all donations are 100% tax free and dedicated exclusively to the Festival.  Our goal is to put faces on immigrants and tell the stories of global immigration through film, the most popular of media. We do this not only to entertain but also to inform and inspire action. We live in an interconnected web of being. Recognizing this, we aim to motivate viewers to take action to correct the injustices that lead to migration and the dislocations that result from immigration.

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Motion Picture Association of America

We are the voice of one of the country’s strongest and most vibrant industries – the American motion picture, home video and television industry. We aspire to advance the business and the art of filmmaking and celebrate its enjoyment around the world. Our members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

To protect and support the industry, the major motion picture studios formed an organization in 1922 – now the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – that has served as the voice and advocate of the motion picture and television industry around the world. MPAA has evolved with the times in order to promote the success of our core mission: advancing the business and art of filmmaking, protecting the creative and artistic freedoms of filmmakers, and ensuring the satisfaction of our audiences worldwide.

1600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

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North Beach American Film Festival

The North Beach American Film Festival showcases the best in American Independent Film, spotlighting national films that exhibit the vast multi-cultural and diverse aspects of American Life.

NY Shorts Fest

The New York International Short Film Festival provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world. NY Shorts Fest events include receptions, as well as workshops and master classes with industry experts and top filmmaking professionals sharing their practical advice to attending filmmakers. The heart of the festival will be our quality and scope of extraordinary film programming. We feel that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premiere film festival in New York deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators. In order to showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world, we have created the New York International Short Film Festival held annually in May.

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Our City Film Festival

The Our City Festival is a celebration of DC through film, music and literature run byDC based PR firm, KRPR, in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation.  The Our City Festival was originally founded in 2008 as the Our City Film Festival to encourage pride in Washington, DC by screening films that told the story of our city’s cultures, history and people, and to bring communities together.  Expanding from the back room of Busboys and Poets in its first year to the Atlas Performing Arts Center in it’s sixth, the “Our City” concept proved that Washington, DC residents were eager to come together to learn more about the city they call home.  In an effort to encourage even more sharing of DC’s stories, KRPR decided to expand the concept to include music and literature.  Changing nonprofit partnership from Yachad to the DC Public Library Foundation, 2015 will mark the first Our City Festival where filmmakers, musicians and writers can use their medium to bring DC together to celebrate our city.    

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Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association

Now twenty-five years old, the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, PQNA for short, counts over 170 organizations as members. These include restaurants, shops, commercial office tenants, museums, hotels, theaters, non-profits, public agencies, property owners, and residences. The PQNA serves its members by promoting the many activities its members sponsor, whether it’s museum programs, lectures and films, theatrical performances, art exhibitions, wine dinners, book signings, lectures, or musical performances. PQNA also publicizes meetings that inform those in the neighborhood of plans being undertaken by public agencies and developments being constructed by private developers. In addition, the PQNA hosts monthly breakfast meetings on timely and relevant topics delivered by interesting speakers.

Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association
912 F Street, NW - Suite 508
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-626-0011

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Richmond International Film Festival

RIFF, one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic brings more than 150 cutting edge films to RVA, plus nightly local, national and international music, industry panels, Q&As, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia’s Bowtie Cinemas, various music venues, and the historic Byrd Theater, a venue touted by USA Today as “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.” RIFF takes place Feb. 27th – March 5th, 2017 – tickets on sale now at www.rvafilmfestival.com

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Stone Soup Films

Vision: Nonprofits have greater social impact when they are empowered by effective storytelling. Stone Soup Films was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit production company that builds the capacity of worthy organizations by developing a pro-bono communications strategy represented in a professional promotional film.

We combine the assets of collaboration, mentorship, education, and community service by joining the volunteer efforts of hundreds of expert and novice filmmakers. Our goal is to tell the real-life stories of how local groups are transforming the lives of individuals in need. We help organizations tell their stories by going to the individuals they serve, and letting those clients’ stories of transformation be emblematic of the organization’s important work.

There is no doubt that good storytelling can make all the difference in their ability to connect with the target audience, whether it be for fundraising, information or visibility purposes. Any nonprofit serving the people of Washington, DC that does not have a current film or substantial communications budget is invited to apply for a Stone Soup film. The process includes developing a communications strategy and a marketing and distribution plan for the finished film.  If you have professional film experience or want to get involved on any aspect of production, please join us as a volunteer! Student filmmakers with an interest in serving the community are invited to apply for a formal internship.

1921 Sunderland Place NW
Washington DC 20036

Tel: 202-337-1070

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Television, Internet & Video Association of DC

The Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC), a local not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization was formed to serve the needs of the growing greater DC production community, including Maryland and Virginia.  Focused on the burgeoning local market, TIVA offers an entrée into a world of career opportunities, new-industry technology seminars, educational outreach, mentoring and award ceremonies.

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The Documentary Center @ GWU

The Documentary Center at the The George Washington University sponsors a wide-range of programs devoted to non-fiction film education, production, and exhibition. The Documentary Center is a chartered center under the umbrella of the Center for Innovative Media within the School of Media and Public Affairs.

Our centerpiece educational offering is the annual six-month Institute for Documentary Filmmaking that runs annually from January through June. We also offer specialty programs such as our prestigious International Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship. Finally, we offer a number of short courses and workshops such as our on-line courses, and customized story-telling workshops offered through SMPA’s Executive and Professional Education.

At the Documentary Center, non-fiction film comes to DC audiences through our Center Screen Showcase, and through our collaborations with partner organizations such as Docs in Progress and Women in Film and Video. Finally, you can see Documentary Center produced award-winning films across all platforms at home and abroad.

The Documentary Center
Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Tel: 202-994-6787

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Theater Washington

Building on 30 years of credibility and service as The Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington is the only organization dedicated to supporting and representing all sectors of the Washington theatre community—theatres, professionals, and diverse audiences of all ages—to build a strong, vibrant, connected community.

theatreWashington’s Vision:

We envision a region, nation, and world that celebrates, reveres, and eagerly seeks out Washington’s extraordinary, diverse, and vibrant theatre community, recognizing it is an essential element of our world-class region that contributes greatly to our quality of life.

theatreWashington’s Mission:

Together, with the region’s dynamic professional theatre community, theatreWashington creates and invigorates audiences, strengthens the region’s theatrical workforce, and celebrates excellence on Washington stages to build and an even more vibrant community for all.

theatreWashington’s Goals:

* To ensure the operational stability of the organization so it can lead and advance the Washington theatre community in innovative ways

* To greatly heighten awareness of the extraordinary Washington regional theatre landscape by broadening, diversifying, and developing audiences and promoting and celebrating all the theatre community has to offer

* To unify and strengthen the professional Washington regional theatre community through innovative and valued programs and services

1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: 202-337-4572

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Tryka Film Coalition

Tryka is a student filmmaking community consisting of high school filmmakers, actors, designers, musicians, and artists in the DMV area. Our mission is to make better films and filmmakers by providing a hub where opportunities, resources, education, and people converge. Sponsored by Imagination Stage, Tryka hosts monthly meetings where members can network, hire cast and crew, give feedback on scripts, and hear from guests speakers.

Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Tel: 301-961-6060

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Washington West Film Festival

October 19 – October 24, 2016

Intelligent story not only entertains, but it truly can change the world. A well-told story captures our imagination, makes us laugh, forces us to reflect, and inspires transformation. And so the purpose of the Washington West Film Festival is to celebrate innovative and impassioned film that will both comfort and challenge our audiences who, in turn, can make lasting, tangible differences in our world.  At Washington West, we will screen and, in many cases, premiere some of the finest independent films from all around the world in three in-competition categories: dramatic features, documentary features, and short films. As we mature, we will expand our programming to include major Hollywood studio releases, giving established filmmakers the opportunity to unveil their story before a conscientious audience in one of the world’s most influential cities. We want to connect artists – emerging and renowned – with audiences who are eager for a unique cinematic experience, and together, make the world a little bit brighter.

11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 850
Reston, VA 20191

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Women in Film and Video

Women in Film & Video (WIFV) is dedicated to advancing the career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements. WIFV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit organization founded in 1979, is the premier professional resource for people who want successful media careers in the DC-metro region. Our resources, connections and advocates support a vibrant, creative media community.

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Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company was founded in Washington, DC in 1980. “For the past 36 years,” wrote American Theatre magazine in 2015, “Woolly Mammoth has been bringing innovative and original plays to the local community.” We’ve garnered this reputation by holding fast to our unique mission: “to ignite an explosive engagement between theatre artists and the community by developing, producing, and promoting new plays that explore the edges of theatrical style and human experience, and by implementing new ways to use the artistry of theatre to serve the people of Greater Washington, DC”.

641 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-393-3939

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