August 31, 2010

Mark Your Calendars: DC Shorts Film Fest Kicks Off Next Week

Have you decided what films you'll be seeing during next week's DC Shorts Film Fest? You only have a week left to pick your poison(s)!

In case you're unfamiliar,  the DC Shorts Film Festival is Washington, D.C.’s only festival celebrating short films. It returns September 9-16, 2010 with a new group of goodies for movie-goers. Voted best festival by Washington City Paper, DC Shorts boasts a wide array of films that run the gamut in genre, style and subject, but are unified by one common thing – their length of 20 minutes or less.

This year the festival features 97 films from an unprecedented 11 countries. The DC-area remains strongly represented with 11 locally-produced films on the roster. There will be nine different showcases screened throughout the week, each featuring approximately two hours of films lasting from one minute – 20 minutes. The showcases range in content with something for everyone, including dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries and experimental films. 

A free family-friendly showcase will be shown at both locations on Saturday, September 11 in conjunction with Penn Quarter’s Arts on Foot event. These films are suitable for children ages eight and up and a parental guide to films is available on the DC Shorts website.

The fun at DC Shorts doesn’t end with the films. Celebrate opening night among the stars at the Celebrity Party mixing and mingling with filmmakers from around the world and Oscar winner, Roger Ross Williams at Madame Tussaud’s. The festivities continue with Friday’s Grand Bash on the U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza where dancing and custom t-shirts continue until midnight.

We haven't decided which films we're checking out yet, but we'll be sure to let you know which ones get our paw print of approval!

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