DC Shorts Film Festival

September 10–19, 2020


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 10 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 chris@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

DKP Image

DKP was started by David Kogan way back when people were wearing bell bottoms and Sanford and Son was on TV. The original name was David Kogan Photography. In the ’90s, that gave way to DKP Image + Media. Now most people just say “DKP” (it worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken). Currently his son Alex Kogan is the principle and runs most aspects of the business. David is old and cranky, but still working. And there’s still a corner of the office that’s filled with photography equipment.

We started in the world of photography and slowly transitioned to graphic design. That eventually led to video and all the madness that comes with it. Along the way, we picked up expertise in a wide variety of video specialties. Subtitling is overall our favorite and the majority of what we do. At this point, we like to think of ourselves as guides though the world of transmedia storytelling. Your video project needs to be in many formats and we can be the Sherpas that get you there.

Tel: 312-243-1929

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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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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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3. Producers

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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4. Technical


“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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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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Tito’s Vodka

In 1995, Tito Beveridge (yeah, his real name) had the idea of building his own microdistillery incorporating the boutique winery concept into the spirits industry. He aquired the first legal permit to distill in Texas and put his life savings into it, racking up 19 credit cards to build his own stills and condensers. Since then, he has won the World Spirits Competition and has turned his handmade vodka into the fastest growing spirit brand in the country through the power of word of mouth. Available in all 50 states now, people love to tell their friends about the underdog distiller named Tito who makes an exceptionally smooth vodka and sells it at a fair price. Tito still makes his vodka by hand on the same land wher he started it all in Austin, Texas.

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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

Capital File

 magazine shines a light on the complexities of our nation’s capital by delivering compelling, topical features and insightful columns from nationally recognized contributors, as well as smart events coverage and world-class photography. CAPITOL FILE provides the city’s most curious thinkers with an inside look at the spheres of influence—politics, philanthropy, fashion, food—that power the world’s most influential metropolis. Published eight times per year, CAPITOL FILE decodes and defines Greater Washington’s multifaceted, multicultural and always intelligent personality.

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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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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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Since 1993 the name MAGIX has stood for user-friendly multimedia software. Our product range includes seamlessly integrated online mobile and cloud services as well as digital content. We place value on outstanding price-performance ratios in order to offer perfect solutions for the creation, design, presentation and archiving of digital photos, graphics, websites, video and music. That goes for both beginners and professional users.

Tel: 1-305-722-5810

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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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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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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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tshirtist.com provides over 20 years’ experience in screenprinting on t-shirts, hoodies, and all kinds of other garments.

Tel: 571-348-3391

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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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6. Cast

Arts Club of Washington

The Arts Club of Washington brings into association and cooperation persons devoted to the arts – architecture, cinematography, dance, drama, literature, music, painting, photography and sculpture – and promote the appreciation of historic preservation through study, restoration and preservation of the James Monroe House.




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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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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s (CHAW’s) mission is to build community through the arts. It is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by Sally Crowell and other community members who were interested in sharing their artistic expertise with children and adults. Arts instruction classes were held in several Capitol Hill churches until, in the late 1970’s, the organization obtained the use of the old B.B. French School (545 Seventh St, SE) from the District of Columbia government. CHAW embarked on an extensive renovation of the facility (which had been closed for many years) through a partnership with the Marines of the 8th & I Street Barracks, neighborhood businesses, and local residents. Federal financial support from the U.S. Department of the Interior helped to fund the endeavor. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop moved into the fully renovated building in 1980.

The Workshop facility includes a dance studio (which doubles as a recital hall), paint studio, black box theater, art gallery, complete ceramics/pottery studio, a photography darkroom (the only “open” darkroom in D.C.), private music instruction studios, and business offices.The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located in a racially and economically diverse neighborhood. Students, artists, faculty, audiences, and staff come from diverse communities throughout the Capital Region – and especially from Capitol Hill. CHAW is continually evolving to meet the needs of the community.

545 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Tel: (202) 547-6839

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Cinematcher is a matchmaking app for film, T.V. and digital media jobs and events. Our unique algorithm and swiping coupled with our Geo locator enables users to hire and get hired for projects – in an instant, all over the world. Cinematcher is a mobile application for smartphones and tablets that seamlessly matches a diverse pool of candidates to projects based on their unique profiles and experiences. Breaking into the industry and locating and retaining talent has never been as easy or cost effective. This application is an essential tool for any prospective or current member of the industry.
Lights. Camera. Connect.

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We were founded on the realization that banks were largely failing their communities because they were simply not part of them. So with a desire to change that, we set a new standard for banking. These standards are the reason we’ve become the go-to community bank in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, and we hope to continue serving the people and businesses around us.

700 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Tel: (202) 628-7300

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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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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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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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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
2138 Priest Bridge Court, Suite 1
Crofton, MD 21114

Tel: (301) 464-5067

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Route 11 Chips

From the moment we dropped our first batch of chips back in the early days of 1992, we understood our destiny as a high quality producer. Instead of succumbing to the frenzy of mass production, we took advantage of our small size and made chipping our personal art form. The payoff was immediate: an incredible potato chip!

If you’re already a Route 11 fan, thank you for keeping us so busy here in chip land. And, if you’ve never had a Route 11 potato chip, it’s about time!! Here you can order online, find a store near you that carries Route 11, get directions to our factory, learn about our goal of becoming a waste free facility, or just read about how we got started in this unusual business.

With a secret recipe and superior ingredients, our mission is to make an outstanding product in a safe and clean environment. In this world of uncertainty that we live in, we believe comfort food should be just that. Know where your food comes from!

11 Edwards Way
Mount Jackson, VA 22842

Tel: 1-800-294-SPUD

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Student Filmmaker Magazine

Our goal is to inspire, educate and promote motion picture production and artistry. Film and Video makers of all levels can network, learn and grow in our Community. We review technology, new techniques, new workflows and creativity in the five distinct stages of production: Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production and Distribution. Additionally, we post industry trade show news and updates of film and video related products and services. As new and emerging independent filmmakers and working film and video professionals in the film, television, and motion picture industry, we never stop learning in our careers. With the rapid application of new technologies, new techniques, and new trends in motion picture and video production, we are all students.

Tel: 917-743-8381

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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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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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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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Alexandria Film Festival

Celebrating 11 years of independent film from around the world, the Alexandria Film Festival offers an enriching cinematic opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers alike by bringing high quality, diverse, and thought-provoking films to Alexandria, Virginia. The 11th anniversary Alexandria Film Festival will be held November 9–12, 2017.

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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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Arune LLC

Arune is a startup design and consumer products company. We create and produce useful physical and digital products to benefit our users and our community. We also produce live events to promote creativity and build networks of creative people.Here at Arune, we are committed to helping our customers achieve their goals. We create useful products that facilitate positive expression. Our products encourage expression and creativity in all forms. We are dedicated to promoting success and empowering dreams. In addition to helping our customers, we want to change lives and help the planet. In order to have a greater impact, we link our sales to a beneficial cause. We plant a tree for every physical product we sell. Help us, help others.

11160 Veirs Mill Road
Suite LLH-18-135
Wheaton, MD 20902

Tel: (202) 713-5297

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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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Baltimore Webfest

Baltimore’s first New Media Web Fest #BNMWEBFEST. Baltimore’s New Media Web Festival! Celebrating New Media Content and community. Featuring celebrity judges, panel discussions.

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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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Bethesda Film Festival

The fifth annual Bethesda Film Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers at screenings.

Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Tel: (301) 215-6660

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British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

British Council
British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

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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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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 Black Film Festival

The DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF) is dedicated to showcasing quality film, web series and television content by and about people of African descent. We support emerging artists striving to add diversity to the images and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. The DCBFF is committed to playing an integral role in discovering, celebrating and helping films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, media and public.

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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 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 Media Makers

DC Media Makers is now an official Adobe user group. We are the preeminent association of filmmakers, videographers, vloggers, bloggers, journalists, entertainers, writers, advocates, multi-media producers, tech enthusiasts, etc. We are dedicated to building local community, education to enhance media literacy, and promoting media production in all its forms. We trade video production knowledge, web production knowledge, teach newcomers how to make media, and share strategies to distribute media online. We feature guest presenters, critiques, and collaborative projects. Whether you are an old pro (-we have members from CNN, NBC, and NPR), an established videoblogger, or someone who wants to jump in but doesn’t know where to start, we welcome your involvement.

DC Media Makers believes peer learning is the best kind of learning, so we encourage you to participate, teach, and learn with us. When it comes to making media, DC Media Makers’ preferred MO is “have fun, learn, create, share, repeat.” So if you are passionately interested in all things digital (i.e. digital production, online video, podcasts, mobile blogging, screencasting, …) the group is for you. No matter what your level of experience with digital tech or media, there’s a place for you here. Share a favorite online video clip from your personal or professional portfolio or a new editing software or other production tips or a new project idea. Bottom line: DC Media Makers is the ‘big tent’ for peer learning and promoting digital literacy in DC.

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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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DC Webfest

The Washington, DC Web & Digital Media Festival is the first festival that concentrates on future technology and entrepreneurship.

Tel: info@dcwebfest.org

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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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Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival and Symposium

In recent years, the creative landscape of films inspired by investigative reporting has flowered in unexpected and exciting ways, and across a variety of genres and platforms. Yet this flourishing of creativity comes just as the rights of journalists and visual storytellers are challenged on nearly every level—legally, financially, logistically and in terms of safety. And despite their common ground, journalists and filmmakers often remain strangers to each other. They tend to operate in distinct silos within their own ecosystems, missing out on the critical opportunity to interact and engage in an exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices.

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Downtown DC 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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Edinburgh Short Film Festival

October 27 – November 11, 2017
Film Submissions Now Open

Devoted to screening short film from Edinburgh, Scotland and around the world, The ESFF evolved from the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011 and has shown everything – from the first film made in Somalia in 20 years, to Oscar nominated shorts from Australia, the USA and Ireland, as well as short films smuggled out of China and Iran – and hosted visiting film-makers from China, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and all over the UK. We have hosted Q and A sessions with Mark Kermode, held pavement cinema screenings at pancake kiosk in town, hosted a night of Shetlandic shorts with visiting Viking warriors, and we’ve taken some of our best short films on tour to the Sardinia Film Festival and also to the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. Our plans for next year include holding screenings in Tokyo at Short Shorts Film Festival, Japan’s biggest short film event, and we’re planning on holding screenings of animated shorts, curating short film nights for Hidden Door Arts Festival and much more!

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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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Film Neu

The newest films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

1990 K Street, NW
Suite 03
Washington, DC 20006

Tel: (202) 847-4700

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Global Impact Film Festival

Who We Are: Global Impact DC, brought to you by DCBX, is a socially- minded film festival that focuses on cultivating global outreach, celebrating culture and supporting non-profit organizations. Our Mission: Our mission is to empower lives by celebrating the power of media for social justice. Our Promise: We promise to bring audiences crucial “must see” documentaries and powerful narratives that provoke and inspire social change. Our goal is to bring together socially minded filmmakers, digital media professionals, social entrepreneurs and the like to create a social impact through film.

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Goethe Institute

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

1990 K Street, NW
Suite 03
Washington, DC 20006

Tel: (202) 847-4700

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Hillyer Art Space

Hillyer Art Space is a contemporary gallery dedicated to serving the public with quality exhibitions and programming. Established in April 2006, Hillyer is a program of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public. International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts, locally, nationally, and internationally. IA&A fulfills its mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations and the public. In addition to Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC, IA&A also provides Traveling Exhibitions Services, graphic design services via our Design Studio, Cultural Exchange Programs, and a Membership Program.

9 Hillyer Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tel: (202) 338-0325

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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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March on Washington Film Festival

2017 FESTIVAL DATES: July 13th – July 22nd

“The focus of the entire film festival is the untold or lesser told stories of the civil rights movement. A focus on the thousands of men and women who courageously worked to make this nation whole.” -Robert Raben, festival founder

The March on Washington Film Festival strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival leverages the broad appeal of film, music, and the arts to tell these important stories to a wide audience. This year’s festival will span three cities—Atlanta, Washington, and New York—where we will host several film screenings. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion. These intimate and meaningful conversations made the inaugural festival a runaway success. We will once again pair films with live musical performances that reflect the songs and spirit of the era.

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Maryland International Film Festival

We are a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers, and educate the community.

36 South Potomac Street
Suite 201
Hagerstown, Maryland

Tel: (916) 712-2781

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New York City Independent Film Festival

The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers, the 8th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival is the place to be May 1 – 7, 2017. The festival strives to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans. We will be screening the best indie films and offering panels, classes, seminars and discussion groups as well as opportunities for the filmmakers and fans to mingle and network. The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. We will be screening narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animations and music videos. We are looking for filmmakers whose passion for the art form is real as they push films in new directions.

Our Mission
Showcase the best independent films, from all around the world, to the public and the entertainment industry in New York City.

Our Vision
To stay focused on the low budget films and emerging filmmakers, the true Indies, and to create the largest gathering worldwide of true indie filmmakers.

358 West 44th Street
2 Floor
New York, NY 10036

Tel: (917) 608-4784

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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.

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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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Picture Lock

Picture Lock is an entertainment website, radio program and TV show! The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with both studio and indie filmmakers, actors, actresses, and everyone in between. Tune in to hear the show every Friday from 3-4PM on WERA 96.7FM Radio Arlington, live streamed at www.wera.fm!

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Queen City Film Festival

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our sixth year, QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities.

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Reel Affirmations

Reel Affirmations Film Festival is Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival and Monthly Film Series. Our Annual film festival brings several days of NEW AND EXCITING international, documentary, short and feature films from all over the world to Washington as well as panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A and celebrations. Our Monthly Film Series: Reel Affirmations XTRA keeps LGBTQ images and lifestories on the foreground of the Arts and Culture scene in Washington DC.

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

Tel: (202) 682-2245

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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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Rosebud Film Festival

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

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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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Shorts TV

ShortsTV is the global home of short movies.

We have the world’s largest catalogue of high quality short movies available on TV, online and in theaters, and also produce original short film content for broadcasters and brands. Our teams obtain only professionally produced live action, animation and documentary short movies from the world’s most famous film festivals and independent suppliers. Through the acquisition of these films we offer professional short filmmakers an unparalleled commercial medium to develop their careers, and viewers an opportunity to see the best short movies from around the world – on TV, online and in theaters.

On TV, our channel is the world’s first and only 24/7 HD channel dedicated to short movies. Available across the US and Europe, ShortsTV brings short stories to life in stunning high definition and covers the latest events in the short film industry. Online, we offer hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts for download from stores in over 90 countries, including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

In theaters, we produce and distribute the annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical release, bringing the world’s top awarded short movies to the big screen. And on top of all that, we produce original short film content through our production division, Shorts Factory. Whether it’s for our own TV channel, or other broadcasters and brands, we use our unique expertise in short film to produce high quality short form content that entertains, educates and inspires.

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Street Sense

Street Sense has been changing the story of homelessness in our community since 2003. We offer economic opportunities to people experiencing homelessness through media that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice. Our innovative approach harnesses the talents, aspirations and hard work of men and women who are homeless. At Street Sense we define ourselves through our work, talents and character, not through our housing situation.

1317 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: (202) 347-2006

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SunnysideVR is a full-service virtual reality studio based in Washington, DC with one simple, primary goal: to create awesome, immersive video content for advertising, marketing and journalism. While we make all kinds of videos, we specialize in 360° video, aka Virtual Reality, that engages and excites your audience by putting them in the middle of the action and adding a sense of presence that traditional video just can’t replicate. We create immersive video content for all VR platforms, including iOS, Android, Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR. We can even do 4D experiences with specialized hardware. We have taken on projects of all sizes with clients that range in size from Esteé Lauder and Twitter to small non-profits and arts organizations. We are a division of Sunnyside Productions, LLC, so we can also manage your traditional video or photography needs, as well, if you’d like other media content in addition to VR.

Tel: (202) 768-8360

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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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Virginia Film Festival

2017 FESTIVAL DATES: November 9th – 12th

The Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia has been celebrating the magic of the movies and inspiring audiences for over 29 years in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Every autumn, the VFF showcases celebrated new features and documentaries, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from here in Virginia. Today, the VFF stands as one of Virginia’s most important cultural landmarks, and one of the most respected regional destination film festivals in the United States.

Each year, the VFF brings in a fascinating selection of guests, from internationally acclaimed directors and actors to professors and leading cultural experts who lead discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage. Past guests include Jimmy Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Leonard Maltin, Werner Herzog, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Gena Rowlands, Bill Plympton, Sigourney Weaver, Shirley MacLaine, Danny McBride, Colin Firth, Liv Ullmann, William Styron, Tippi Hedren, Ross McElwee, Matthew Broderick, Stanley Nelson, January Jones, Cherry Jones, Oliver Stone, Will Forte, Mia Wasikowska, Jorma Taccone, Meg Ryan, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, and Patrick Wilson.

Virginia Film Festival
PO Box 400869
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Tel: 434-243-6830

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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 Jewish Film Festival

2018 FESTIVAL DATES – May 2nd – May 13th

One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC. The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts.

Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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Washington West Film Festival

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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West Virginia Filmmakers Festival

October 6th – October 8th / 2017
Film Submission Now Open

The first West Virginia FILMmakers Festival was held in the spring of 2001 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in historic Sutton, West Virginia. Co-founded by Kevin Carpenter and Steve Fesenmaier to showcase West Virginia’s best filmmakers. Films are now shown primarily at the Elk Theatre, a Historic 1930s one-screen theater on Main Street in downtown Sutton. Filmmaking seminars, other festival activities, and after-parties with live music are held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts.

Hosted every October, the festival has become the singular celebration of West Virginia Filmmakers. The festival is characterized by enlightening films, networking opportunities, live music, and great parties. The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival is a wonderful venue for meeting filmmakers, actors, and industry contacts, while experiencing the latest produced films reflecting trends, techniques, and technology.

P.O. Box 382
Sutton, WV 26601

Tel: http://wvfilmmakersfestival.org/contact

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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

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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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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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Embassy of Israel

The Office of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in the USA is dedicated to promoting Israel’s vibrant art, culture, and lifestyle in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. We collaborate with the area’s numerous festivals, institutions, and organizations to foster multifaceted cultural dialogue and celebrate Israel’s diverse cultural arts.​​​ Through our partnerships, we highlight Israel’s energetic and innovative artists and their contributions to contemporary Israeli society.

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