DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Showcase 3

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+.


Friday, September 7 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, September 9 at 7:30 pm

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Three Pages (Trois Pages)

Drama • Canada • 15 minutes

An unassuming middle-aged accountant learns he has only weeks to live. Rather than tell everyone, Martin determines to learn the three pages of a Bach adagio for piano he’d abandoned as a child. That accomplished, he performs the piece for his wife and friends, completing his life and thanking those who brightened it along the way.

The Overcoat

Fantasy • United Kingdom • 19 minutes

A lonely social outcast gets a glimpse of what life is like for someone popular, and cannot let it go, even in death.


Documentary • United States • 40 minutes

In 1978, several NFL cheerleaders posed in Playboy magazine after receiving approval from team management. But when the issue hit newstands, cheerleaders were fired, the San Diego Chargettes were disbanded, and the story made it to newspaper headlines, talk shows, and TV news around the country.

My First Time

Comedy • United States • 3 minutes

A unexpected comedy with an unreliable narrator, My First Time tells the tale of the mourning of a first love.

For A Better Life

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 10 minutes

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.


Horror/SuspenseSci-FiThriller • United States • 4 minutes

A malfunction in the stasis system leaves a man trapped in a state of sleep paralysis as he travels to colonize a distant planet: a journey destined to take twenty-seven years.

A Beautiful Villain’s Greed

Animation • United States • 2 minutes

Inspired by Wynton Marsalis’ 2007 Jazz release ‘Supercapitalism’. The film combines bright visuals and the upbeat music to show someone consumed with the art of consumption, and how this beautiful villain takes her addiction to retail to menacing new heights.

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