DC Shorts Film Festival

September 7–16, 2018

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+.

Screenings

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.

Weekends

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.

Cells

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.

Casey

Drama • United States • 6 minutes

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

Bloom

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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