DC Shorts Film Festival

September 10–19, 2020

Haute House

An avant-garde collection that navigates the surreal and the unusual. This showcase runs approximately 115 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page. Due to the adult nature of some of these films, this showcase is appropriate for ages 18+

Screenings

Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 pm

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THE THWARTED

Animation • France • 16 MINUTES

We are all afraid. Afraid to speak, afraid to disappoint. Afraid for ourselves or for others. We do everything we can to overcome these fears, but for many of us, fear ultimately thwarts our efforts to express ourselves. These are the stories of the thwarted.

THE SUMMER AND ALL THE REST

Romance • Netherlands • 18 MINUTES

Summer is coming to an end, and all but one of Marc-Antoine’s friends have left for the mainland. They all have big plans — but can Marc-Antoine break from his routine and embrace the change that has slipped unwillingly onto his perfect island life?

THE ROLE

Drama • Iran • 11 MINUTES

A woman accompanies her husband to an audition. The thing that happens there leads her to an important decision…

THE IMMINENT IMMANENT

Drama • Philippines • 15 MINUTES

A rural town unknowingly goes on with their mundane activities while strong forces of nature silently creeps in to challenge their existence. Meanwhile, the filmmaker traces back his roots while preparing himself for the worst after the typhoon.

ROBERTA’S LIVING ROOM

DramaFantasy • United States • 12 MINUTES

In a remote town where gypsies come and go, Roberta receives a call about her husband’s sudden death. She becomes consumed with the uncertainty of her fate.

MUM’S HAIRPINS

Drama • Germany, Russia, Ukraine • 15 MINUTES

Jewish shtetl, Ukraine, 1941. A box with mother’s hairpins – the only thing left from his family – is Yasha’s last chance to escape German invaders and rescue his new friend, a wounded goat kid.

GRAND BOUQUET

Experimental • Japan • 14 MINUTES

In this story, a helpless woman confronts a “black object” with a power greater than hers. The “black object” shoots her questions. The woman has answers to these questions, but can’t say them aloud. She feels up against the wall, and begins to throw up beautiful colorful flowers instead of speaking.

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