DC Shorts Film Festival

September 10–19, 2020

Showcase 6

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+.


Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 am
Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 pm

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Drama • Cuba • 18 MINUTES

In an attempt to get closer to his father, Leonardo starts filming him in his everyday life. As days go by, Esteban notices the camera and uses it as a means of communicating with his son.


Documentary • United Kingdom • 27 MINUTES

“Sierra Leone is the country I hate to love.” Usifu Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean Storyteller, journeys from his adopted home in London back to the village where he was born. The odyssey charts the lifelong complexities of immigration and Usifu’s personal relationship with the country that is responsible both for the execution of his father, and for the inherited skills and wisdom he uses to make sense of the world.


Drama • Cuba • 13 MINUTES

After being pushed out of his house by a caring neighbor on the anniversary of his wife’s death, Daniel, a local artisan, meanders through the tight-knit community of Gibara, Cuba, encountering many locals who collectively help him confront his loss.


Documentary • United Kingdom • 4 MINUTES

Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing. A working-class woman from Yorkshire, Kath reflects on her life and art as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures.


Animation • Croatia • 12 MINUTES

Imbued Life is a film about a young woman’s connection with the life force of nature. She uses her talent for taxidermy to “return” the animals to their natural habitat. However, the true search for the answers begins when she starts finding a roll of undeveloped film in each of the animals she treats. Her obsession drives her to seek the explanation of the connection she feels, haunting her dreams, as well as her waking moments.


Comedy • United Kingdom • 16 MINUTES

On her Holy Communion day, Maria discovers what ‘sexed’ really means and who she’s destined to marry. Taking Nonna’s advice (from God!), she decides to make a change – showing her family what a strong Italian woman is made of!

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