DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Showcase 18

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 3:00 pm
Wednesday, September 12 at 5:15 pm

Get Tickets

To Breathe Free

Documentary • United States • 16 minutes

To Breathe Free follows the 5-year journey of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs to the refugee camps in Jordan and starting a new life in Washington, D.C. Using home movies, phone video, family photos and interviews with family members and former refugees, this short documentary gives an intimate and unique perspective not seen in current media reporting on the refugee crisis.

The Hobbyist

DramaThriller • United States • 9 minutes

A short neo-noir thriller centered around a mysterious druggist visited by Sangstrom, a seemingly ordinary man in search of an undetectable poison. Yet, Sangstrom winds up getting more than he bargained for from the sagacious alchemist. Based on the 1961 short story by Fredric Brown.

State Of Emergency (Un Etat D’Urgence)

DramaThriller • Germany • 12 minutes

A movie about a society in fear. It is the story of two soldiers in the everyday life of Paris guarding an official building. An abandoned bag, curious passants and a crazy tramp move the situation into its climax. The lines between normality and real danger disappears.

Night Call

Drama • United States • 18 minutes

When on a routine patrol, a Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.

Double Tap

No categories • United States • 10 minutes

Buffy has a secret. She’s in love with her boss, Dan, but can’t admit it, choosing instead to stalk him on Instagram. That is, until she accidentally “double taps” on one of his posts which leads to wildly unsuccessful attempts to cover her tracks. The script on which Double Tap is based was a finalist in the 2017 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.


Drama • United States • 12 minutes

A black door-to-door salesman struggles to make his first sale when he spots a Confederate flag hanging on the wall of his potential client.

Black, I Am (Negra Soy)

Documentary • Honduras • 13 minutes

A beautiful and touching story of the Afro-Caribbean Garífuna people in Honduras, focusing on three women and a girl who tell of their aspirations, happiness, and being there for each other.

Proud to partner with