DC Shorts Film Festival

September 10–19, 2020

Showcase 8

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 2:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 pm

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Documentary • Armenia • 19 MINUTES

In this eloquently crafted film, women in a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan courageously work to clear land mines in the wake of a brutal war, combating traditional gender roles and forming close bonds in the process.


Comedy • United Kingdom • 10 MINUTES

Tom is in for a surprise when he meets his elderly grandfather’s two carers. Not only do they appear to be at war but when he discovers a mysterious object in the kitchen things take a dark turn.


DramaThriller • United States • 17 MINUTES

Abigail, a promising 19-year-old Israeli intelligence operative, spends her days listening in on the family of a suspected terrorist until a fateful day forces her to make a difficult, life-changing decision.


Drama • Belgium • 25 MINUTES

Lisa and Houria are two mothers. One is running from the war, the other opens the doors of her home in Europe. Lisa welcomes Youssif, Houria and their daughter Nour, as they’re waiting for their convocation at the Immigration Office. Between the will of kindness and communication issues, doubt and fear begin to settle in Lisa’s intimacy: who is this family?


Animation • United States • 8 MINUTES

30-year old Danielle Hernandez must deliver her grim breast cancer prognosis to her mother Violeta. Using stop-motion animation, Dani shows us how a simple phone call can be a study of human courage, faith, and love.


Drama • Ukraine • 15 MINUTES

Anna, a middle-aged single mother, lives in a small industrial town in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. She works in a meat processing plant, lives in a rundown apartment and dreams for a better life for herself and her 16-year-old daughter. Desperate for a change, she is lured by a radio advertisement to attend a party organized for foreign men who are touring the country, searching for love.

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