DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Showcase 6

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 8 at 11:30 am
Monday, September 10 at 5:15 pm

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Six Miles Out

Documentary • Palestinian Territories • 11 minutes

Gaza fishermen sail into to the Mediterranean for the night to bring in a catch to eat and sell–and act of bravery, since the Israeli Navy prowls nearby ready to shoot.

Shad Run

Documentary • United States • 26 minutes

By the 1970s, shad fish numbers were so low that even the most seasoned anglers went home from a day on the river empty-handed. Overfishing, pollution, and a loss of habitat brought on by the construction of dams, threatened American shad not only in the Potomac but all over the east coast. This short documentary film chronicles the abundance, demise, and triumphant return of a native fish, highlighting the citizens who refused to let them fade away and those who are still united by the quest to fish the Potomac’s renowned shad run.

Life After

Drama • United States • 13 minutes

Nisha, a single mother and Indian immigrant, travels to New York City to clear out her daughter Zara’s apartment. Out of her element in the big city, Nisha discovers surprising new details about Zara. With help from her best friend and a stranger, Nisha uncovers the truth about her daughter’s life.

Fence (Gardhi)

Drama • Kosovo • 15 minutes

Little Genti wants a puppy. He expresses his wish at the family gathering, after his romani coeval Xeni shows at the door, with his dog friend Aja. This brings up a fired up discussion among the grown ups. Ignored by grownups and despite his mother’s disapproval, Genti joins Xeni and Aja on the street, continuing to find his new puppy-friend.

Creature From The Lake

Animation • France • 5 minutes

In the 80s, a manly and experienced monster hunter hero of a low-budget TV show, followed by his fat cowardly camerawoman go to a remote lake on the night of a full moon, when mysterious disappearances tend to occur


Drama • United States • 19 minutes

When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

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