DC Shorts Film Festival

September 10–19, 2020

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 22 at 2:30 pm
Thursday, September 26 at 7:15 pm

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Drama • United States • 12 MINUTES

Following the death of their friend, a crew of skaters and motley street teens imagine their own rituals to commemorate her on their own terms.


AnimationMusical • Spain • 3 MINUTES

Charles III of Spain wrote a letter to his parents explaining intimate details about his wedding night. This film reproduces and reimagines that letter as a reggaeton song.


Documentary • United States • 29 MINUTES

Richard Antoine White slept wherever he could as a child, sometimes in abandoned rowhouses where he was chewed on by rats as he slept. Today, he’s a tenured professor, the principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the first African American to receive a Doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance. This is Richard’s story.


ComedyDrama • Australia • 13 MINUTES

A suburban housewife finds a used condom while vacuuming her house. It could only have come from one of two people, her fifteen-year-old daughter or her husband…


Drama • Denmark • 22 MINUTES

Maja is a six-year-old Serbian girl in a new country, a new home, and a new school. When Maja’s parents pick her up after a lonesome day with the other kids at her new Danish kindergarten, it turns out her long day is just beginning.


DramaRomance • United States • 15 MINUTES

It’s 1983 and 12-year-old Rain wants sex, the only problem is she has no idea what that means. With her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left alone to navigate the complexities of love and adulthood, and learns to do it her own way.

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