Congratulations to the DCIFF 2022 Winners

Stupendous that we could all meet again to show, discuss and celebrate films and filmmaking. Thanks to the many filmmakers who joined us, to the strong audience attendance and engagement and to the energy and enthusiasm of our core staff and volunteers.

The Award Winners for the 2022 DCIFF Festival/Forum are:

Best of Fest: ADAM AND THE WATER directed by Matthew Appleby (USA/2022)

Best Feature Film: AMERICANISH directed by Iman Zawahry (USA/2021)

Best Documentary Feature: LIVING IN DELUSIONVILLE directed by Constant van Hoeven (USA/2022)

Best International Film: MY CHILDHOOD, MY COUNTRY directed by Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi (UK/2021/documentary)

Best Documentary Short: MY BROTHER IS DEAF directed by Peter Hoffman Kimball (USA/2021)

Best Narrative Short: NORMALIZED directed by Ziad Foty (USA/2022)

Best Animation (Short Form): ONE LAST DROP directed by Simon Schnellman (Switzerland/2021)

Best of Metro DC: THE HIT directed by Chris Halsne (USA/2022)

Announcing the narrative feature selections for DCIFF 2022

Adam and the Water directed by Matthew Appleby (USA / 2022 / 80mins/ Premiere) Key Cast: Qado, Elisa Alemparte. Adam, riddled by his own inhibitions and fears, is stuck in the mundane existence of a 9-5 life in New York. Nearing the brink of personal collapse, he meets Eva. As she enters Adams’s life, the void starts to dissipate, and a new ethereal world guides him toward self-realization. Will Adam succumb to the crippling reality he has created, or rise to a free and infinite one? .

Americanish directed by Iman Zawahry (USA /2021 /90mins.) Key Cast: Aizzah Fatima, Salena Qureshi, Shenaz Treasure, Lillete Dubey, Mohammed Amer, Godfrey, George Wendt, Kapil Talwalkar.  In Jackson Heights, Queens, two sisters and their fresh-off-the-boat cousin try all the conventional ways to earn the love and respect of the matriarch of their family only to learn that life works out in the most unconventional ways.

Bootyology directed by Joe Eddy ( USA/ 2022/ 96mins/ Premiere) Key Cast Brian Austin Green, Andy Kindler, David Thuene, Patrice Covington, Alysha YoungKey Cast, Rhett George, Megan Duffy, Robert J Steinmiller Jr., Spencer Yaras, Chris Lightbody. When a documentary crew sets out to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and popular music, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they stumble across a mystery involving the disappearance of the infamous rap duo, The Booty Boys. 

Sons of the Sea directed by John Gutierrez (South Africa /2021 /82mins.)  Lead Cast: Roberto Kyle, Marlon Swarts and Brendon Daniels.  In a small fishing community on the outskirts of Cape Town, Gabriel discovers a dead body and two bags of valuable abalone. His brother, Michail, convinces him they must take it for themselves.

We Don’t Dance For Nothing  directed by Stefanos Tai (Hong Kong / 2022 / 100mins/ Premiere)  Lead Cast: Miles Sible, Xyza Cada, Miss Powers, Anson Bean.  In the vibrant Hong Kong community of Filipina domestic workers and during escalating protests, one woman plans her escape. Photo montage and moving image weave a story of entrapment and release when they dance.