DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Ripped From The Headlines

Politics, fame and fortune, immigration, terrorism, bullying. Themes too topical to ignore. This showcase runs approximately 120 minutes.


Thursday, September 13 at 9:00 pm

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DramaThriller • Brazil • 15 minutes

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

The Avocado ( El Aguacate)

Romance • United States • 11 minutes

After several unsuccessful attempts, Raul finally gets the courage to ask his co-worker, Rosa, out on a date. To his surprise, she says yes, but when the anticipated day arrives, Raul is met with an unforeseen event that changes his life forever.

Sun Shine

Drama • United States • 9 minutes

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

State Of Emergency (Un Etat D’Urgence)

DramaThriller • Germany • 12 minutes

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

Six Miles Out

Documentary • Palestinian Territories • 11 minutes

Gaza fishermen sail into to the Mediterranean for the night to bring in a catch to eat and sell–and act of bravery, since the Israeli Navy prowls nearby ready to shoot.


Drama • United Kingdom • 14 minutes

Late at night in a Westminster bar, principled junior broadsheet journalist Will Hewitt meets with no-nonsense Deputy Finance Minister Pippa Thomas for a routine interview on recent government fines imposed on the world’s largest banks. Their early exchanges spark fireworks as liberal idealist grills conservative elite, but Will’s true intentions are soon revealed as he ambushes Thomas with accusations of financial and political corruption.

Guns Found Here

Documentary • United States • 10 minutes

When there’s a gun crime in America, there’s only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That’s where the ATF’s National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day — all while inside a government-mandated technology time-capsule that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible. With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, there’s a lot of paperwork to manually sort through. And it’s truly a sight to behold.


Drama • United States • 6 minutes

A teenager with gender dysphoria witnesses the physical assault of a transgender woman.

Beneath The Ink

Documentary • United States • 13 minutes

In a time when society’s belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio tattoo artist Billy Joe White is challenging his community by saying: “bring me your mistakes”. Beneath the Ink is a timely look at hate and racism in the western foothills of the Appalachian region that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.

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