2021 High School Film Festival

Saturday, March 13th to Sunday March 14th: Program Available March 1st

The eighth annual DCIFF High School Film Competition will be an entirely online event.  For more information, please contact: dcindiefilmfest@gmail.com with the words HIGH SCHOOL as the subject.   Selected films in competition are below and the festival will include the screening of documentaries created in the 2021 DCIFF after school filmmaking program.  Join us in March!


Screenings, keynote, conversations and workshops with industry professionals.

2021 judges TBD / JuDGES for 2020 were:

Washington DC native Luke Barnett is a writer, producer and performer best know for his work with Will Ferrell’s website, Funny or Die. His feature debut, horror-comedy “Fear, Inc”, stars Abigail Breslin and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, DCIFF Executive Director, established the High School Competition at the festival in 2013 as a means to assure that talented young filmmakers have an outlet for their work. 

Eli Savada is a film historian and critic. Since 1977, he has owned and operated the Motion Picture Information Service, which has provided customized copyright research reports to over 1,200 clients.


Directed by Sebastian Plaza
USA / 2020 / 9 mins

A teen undertakes dares for money until he faces a life or death decision.

Removal Recommended

directed by Zia Schwartz Kinzy
USA / 2020 / 7:09 mins

A horror-documentary explores our bizarre obsession with a specific type of body hair.


directed by Campbell A. Topping

USA / 2020 / 5:36mins. 

A young photographer comes to terms with her sexuality and psychopathic tendencies and the consequences of both.


directed by Samantha Cohn and Madeline Simpson
USA / 2020 / 15:14 mins

A teenager encounters a mysterious man who commits suicide in front of him. The film follows his friends as they investigate the tragedy.


directed by Andrew Stevens 
USA / 2020 / 15:144 mins

 The relationship between a son, his father, and his cello comes to a head one treacherous night.

The Duelist

directed by James Altshul

USA / 2020 / 6:22 mins

COSIMA, the world’s greatest traveling duelist, finally meets her match when the mysterious trickster VALENTINE arrives to challenge her.

She’s A  Rainbow

directed by Leila Alvaredo
USA / 2020 / 9.32mins.

Lina, a teenage girl at Croqueta Central, lives in a topsy-turvy reality where she is unlike most other boys and girls–she is straight. 

Dreams of a Dark and Rainy Night

Directed by Aubrey Meiling
USA / 2020 / 7 mins

When we sleep our dreams can take us deep into peace and serenity and into a fantasy of beauty; we are awoken by the realities of life.


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