DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Showcase 17

This showcase runs approximately 90 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers. Due to the adult nature of some of these films, this showcase is appropriate for ages 18+.


Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, September 12 at 5:00 pm

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Zero Gravity

Documentary • United States • 17 minutes

An 11-year-old Mexican-American girl competes in a middle-school program to control robotic satellites aboard the International Space Station, as part of a nation-wide competition to inspire marginalized youth.


Animation • United States • 15 minutes

Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

We Know Where You Live

No categories • United States • 13 minutes

When a Mexican American couple moves into a trendy, gentrifying LA neighborhood, two hipsters invite themselves over to offer a ‘warm welcome.’ But as the night goes on, it’s clear these neighbors are not what they seem: cold pressed, cold brewed, and cold blooded.

How Tommy Lemenchick Became A Grade 7 Legend

No categories • Canada • 10 minutes

Ophelia is an 11-year-old girl who lives with a complex: she’s never been kissed. First, find a suitable candidate ; Tommy Lemenchick. Second, orchestrate a situation that leads to her first kiss. At school the following day, we discover how Tommy Lemenchick became a Grade 7 legend.


DramaThriller • United States • 12 minutes

When a reputable doctor finds himself being held captive by a group of masked intruders, he struggles to understand their motives while being forced to answer why billions of dollars go wasted each year in the name of medical research.


Drama • United States • 6 minutes

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


Drama • Australia • 7 minutes

When Andrew comes home from a weekend away and finds a single rose petal in his bed, he becomes convinced that his girlfriend has cheated on him.

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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