OPEN CALL: Washington DC Independent Film Festival (Feb. 19-23, 2014)

 Filmmakers, media artists, documentarians, send us your films!!  We are open to films of any genre except adult films and in any language (with subtitles). We do not have a section dedicated to family films, but love films that appeal to the child in us all.  We always have a horror section, in honor of a genre that has been an important launching point for independent filmmakers. DCIFF 2014 welcomes open source films, art films and interactive films and will  host special screenings for World Social Justice Day on February 20th, 2014. 

Many film festivals last no longer than five years and we here at DCIFF witness film festivals struggling and disappearing around us in the Metro DC area.  We are pleased to say that DCIFF is thriving and has remained independent through thick and thin for sixteen years.  Perhaps this is because we have made our cutbacks already, because we are an all volunteer-run NGO, because the behind-the-scenes team is stupendous and because we stay on mission to support and promote independent filmmakers/filmmaking in the nation’s capital.  But most of all, it is because we receive amazingly good films for review and are honored to have been taken seriously by filmmakers worldwide.  Thank you all!

All details about submissions are at on via

Keep in mind the following:

Our submission fees are very reasonable and are entirely used for programming, outreach and filmmaker support. We make sure that all films in competition are submitted through the same process and have an equal chance of selection.

Earlybird deadline is September 10th and the final deadline is December 1st.

Student films under 20mins. &  DCIFF alumi work can be submitted for FREE in most categories until November 20th, 2013.

It seems that someone else has decided to try to use the DCIFF acronym in the film festival world and until we can change this, please make sure you are submitting to us here in Washington, D.C. and not somewhere in Central Asia!!!