DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Showcase 16

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 9 at 12:30 pm
Tuesday, September 11 at 9:15 pm

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Animation • United States • 3 minutes

Weeds tells the story of a dandelion, rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard surrounded by dry dirt and dead grass. Just across the concrete lies another yard, where the sprinklers spray water endlessly, and the greener grass holds the promise of a better life. While watching helplessly as its fellow weeds wither away and die, the dandelion faces a decision: take action or suffer the same fate.

The Road Between Us

Documentary • United States • 14 minutes

A father and son bicycle 2,701 miles across America, on Route 66. They discover that the road between them is the life path that connects.

Saber Rock

Documentary • United States • 30 minutes

A flamboyant, fiercely loyal interpreter named Saber Rock helps turn the tide of Helmand Province, Afghanistan against the Taliban and towards the support of coalition forces. As his successes mount, so do the threats against him.

Magic Alps

Drama • Italy • 15 minutes

An Afghan refugee arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them.

Gypsy’s Kiss

No categories • United Kingdom • 10 minutes

Judith is alone. A widow with a distant son, she’s takes life as she finds it. Devoting her life to her late husband Fred and her son wasn’t easy, but she never sought thanks and never complained. So every year she marks the anniversary with a pilgrimage to his grave, and every year she’s reminded just how much Fred meant to her.

Evie’s Christmas Gift

DramaHorror/Suspense • United States • 9 minutes

After the loss of her mother, Evie rebels against her father and his over-the-top Christmas spirit. Evie learns a scary lesson, however, when she opens her Christmas presents before Christmas morning.

Do No Harm

Drama • United States • 8 minutes

A short film about a combat medic attempting to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself. A medic’s job is to fix people up, but how does that obligation reconcile with someone who is trained to fight and may be asked to kill?

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