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2017 DCIFF Awards


Service to Man (USA/2016) 
Directed by Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch


One Penny (USA/2017) 
Directed by Michael DeVita


Free to Ride (USA/2017)
Directed by Jamaal Bell


SON (Luxembourg/2016)
Directed by Cyrus Neshvad
SALT (Brazil/2016)
Directed by Diego Frietas


The Night Watchmen (USA/2017)
Directed by Mitchell Altieri


Killing the Fiddler (USA/2016)
Directed by Barak Barkan

Painted City (USA/2017)
Directed by Caitlin Carroll


New York City Sketchbook (USA/2016)
Directed by Willy Hartland


Fishwitch (UK/2016)
Directed by Adrienne Dowling

High School Film Competition

Makoda (Canada/2016)
Directed by Callahan Bracken

To Serve and Protect? (USA/2016)
Directed by Alula Abraham, Zenab Abubakari, Alyssa Berrios, Rediet Betru, Kaleb Dagne, Abel Demiss, Oliver Hulser-Morris, Angelica Moreno, Alix Swann

Reflections (USA/2016)
Directed by Kevin Gordon


Announcing the DCIFF 2017 Documentaries

Feature Documentaries

Free to Ride (USA/2016/59:31mins), Directed by Jamaal Bell
The story of the relentless spirit of community members from across Dayton, Ohio who overcame a suburban contingent opposed to the expansion of public transit along a commercial corridor, and the system of checks and balances that allowed justice and reason to prevail.

Desert Wounds (Israel/2016/58mins), Directed by Nili Dotan
Christian African Women from Sudan and Eritrea, seek asylum in Israel but know that their journey is far from being over.

Masoumeh (Iran/2016/70mins), Directed by Sona Moghaddam
MASOUMEH ATAE is attacked brutally by acid by her ex-husband’s father 1.5 years after divorce. Despite losing her sight and severe burning, she tries to obtain the custody of her son.

Pigheaded (USA/2015/90mins), Directed by John Kinhart
Pigheaded tells the provocative life story of underground cartoonist and subversive satirist Skip Williamson. His unapologetic art exemplified the spirit of the 60s counter-culture movement.

Spectres are Haunting Europe (France, Greece/2016/98mins), Directed by Maria Kourkouta and Niki Giannari
The daily life of refugees (Syrian, Kurdish, Pakistani, Afghani, and other) in the camp of Idomeni. People waiting in queues for food, tea and doctors; waiting to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia. One day, Europe closes its borders for them once and for all.

24 Hour Comic (USA/2016/69mins), Directed by by Milan Erceg
8 Artists confined to a comic book store, partake in Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Challenge. Each attempts to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours.

Short Documentaries

Alex (USA/2016/9:32mins), Directed by Brian Inocencio
After a near fatal car accident, Alex’s life completely changed. This is a conversation between Alex and his mother Janet.

Contigo (USA/2016/6:54mins), Directed by Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino
Contigo is a waltz with family and tradition, close to the South Texas border.

Hartom (UAE/2916/10:39mins), Directed by Arkus
A window into the professional life of Andy who is far more than just a performing magician.

Painted City (USA/2017/25:40mins), Directed by Caitlin Carroll
An exploration of Washington, D.C.’s community murals and the preservation issues they face in rapidly changing neighborhoods by following one local woman’s efforts to study and conserve them.

Property (USA/2016/4mins), Directed by Allison Otto
A day in the life at the National Wildlife Property Repository where wildlife items confiscated at US ports of entry are stored.

Single Asian Female Online (USA/2016/7:30mins), Directed by Jaime Ekken
The true unfiltered online messages received by one Single Asian Woman…..

The Learning Alliance (Pakistan/2016/8:39mins), Directed by Muhammad Umar Saeed
Three brothers are changing their future by studying while selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan.

Announcing the DCIFF 2017 Shorts

Details and screening times coming soon. Keep checking back this week and next as we announce all the 2017 DCIFF Finalists.


A Battling Body (France/2016/1:30mins), Directed by Laura Ghazal
A one minute choreography to illustrate a whole life, a young life, hampered by multiple sclerosis.

A Girl Like You (Italy/2016/15mins), Directed by Massimo Loi and Gianluca Mangiasciutti
Aurora and Alba, inseparable friends, are very different from each other. One day Alba convinces Aurora to leave for a journey together.

A Peculiar Thud (USA/2016/13mins), Directed by Ross Morin
Billy wakes up in the middle of the night to find a man at his door who wants to come in – and he won’t take no for an answer.

Discord of the Hyenas (Austria/2016/12:45mins), Directed by Alexander Peskador
Jo, Harri, Nik and Beppo meet on a field to dig up their hidden loot. Their buddy Lenz is missing.

Edith (UK/2016/14:57mins), Directed by Christian Cooke
Since his wife, Edith’s, death four months ago, Jake has fallen into a life of drinking and isolation. Then there is Shelia.

Fomo Sapiens (Sweden/2016/7:15mins), Directed by Viktor Hertz
A young couple, suffering from the worst imaginable form of “fear of missing out”, decides to take on a tough challenge.

High Five, Bear Hug (USA/2016/9:44mins) directed by Terra Marine
Juliet seeks comfort from her best friend Luke after a hard break-up.

Killing the Fiddler (USA/2016/7:16mins), Directed by Barak Barkan
Adam, a Jewish man, five minutes before he marries a non-Jewish woman.

Last Call Lenny (USA/2016/12:30mins), Directed by Julien Lasseur
Lenny Upton combines euthanasia with his used furniture business to provide suicide assistance to melancholy customers with a death wish.

Masquerade (USA/2016/10mins), Directed by Andrew Hawkins
1848 Virginia. Slave couple Sam and Ninny execute an escape after their slave master George makes an unconscionable advance.

Thresher (Canada/2016/14mins), Directed by Alex Clark
A lone man is terrorized by a masked burglar late one night, but the intruder soon realizes that the man’s house is not what it seems.

The Kidnapping of a Fish (USA/2016/25mins), Directed by Philip Ramos
A mild-mannered man is kidnapped and is forced to figure out if his new girlfriend is the cause.

Salt (Brazil/2016/15mins), Directed by Diego Freitas
In a big city, a solitary computer technician meets an intriguing man in a website, where people share a strange fantasy. A date is set up, and the night will culminate in an irreversible experience for both of them.

Son (Luxembourg/2016/15mins), Directed by Cyrus Neshvad
Sébastien, who cannot come to terms with his son being in a coma, begins to question his reality.

The Beast in the Storm (UK/2016/8:58mins), Directed by Ruaridh M. Turner
It is winter, 1985. Darkness falls, a young boy races home through a remote landscape.

The Color of Reality (USA/2016/5:42mins), Directed by Jon Boogz
The artistic style of Alexa Meade combined with the choreography of Jon Boogz creates a moving portrait that speaks in powerful protest to the gun violence haunting American society today.

The Evans Girl (USA/2016/13:54mins), Directed by Val Jashiri
Eliza Evans, a quiet thirteen year old girl learns how to become a woman from her distraught mother who abandoned her two years ago.

The Thing About the Morning After (France/2016/9:05mins), Directed by Denise Powers
The morning after a first night spent together reveals some disconcerting surprises.

The Consequence of Reliving (UK/2016/14:26mins), Directed by Christien Bart-Gittens
On his 18th birthday, Noah learns that he possesses a unique ability, but with that ability he soon finds that he has to make the most difficult decision of his life.

Vicarious (USA/2016/13mins), Directed by Aaron Lachman
A man must learn to move on with his life with help from his ghostly best friends.

Welcome to my World (USA/2016/12:06mins), Directed by Ching Wang
The ideal world of a compulsive alienated young man shatter as a spontaneous woman shakes up his everyday routine.

Announcing the DCIFF 2017 Feature Films

Freezing (China/2016/97mins), Directed by Peng Skiing
Chinese families used to be expected to take care of their aged parents. Times have changed and 70-year-old Liu becomes a victim.

Guys Reading Poems (USA/2016/94mins), Directed by Hunter Lee Hughes
Lead Cast: Patricia Velasquez, Alexander Dreymon, Luke Judy
A resourceful boy creatively uses poetry to survive when his mother, a disturbed avant garde painter, locks him in a puppet box and builds an art installation around his imprisonment. A neo-noir film that integrates visual poetry with traditional narrative filmmaking.

Interior Night (Canada, USA /2016/93mins), Directed by Alan Watt
Lead Cast: Riley Smith, Micah Hauptmann, Errin Hayes, Christina Scherer and Kirk Balz
Over the course of one night, four characters whose lives are enmeshed hit bottom. Each must reveal the dark secret that could destroy their life or set them free.

Invisible (Greece/2015/84mins), Directed by Dimitri Athanitis
Lead Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Kora Karvouni, Costas Xikominos
When Aris, a 35 year-old worker in a factory gets fired without warning, he becomes obsessed with the idea of taking justice into his own hands.

Occupants (USA/2016/120mins), Directed by Russell Emanuel
Lead Cast: Robert Picardo, Brianna White
Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil embark on a ’30 Days of Clean Living’ documentary, setting up cameras all over their house. Half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves.

One Penny (USA/2017/92mins), Directed by Michael DeVita
Lead Cast; Harrison Samuels, Carson Grant, Ben Rezendes, Will Roland, Erin O’Brien
Young Dylan is forced to live on the streets and is taken in by ‘the Professor’ living in a homeless community. He devises a plan with his best friend Collin to help the community and get off the streets.

One Buck (USA/2016/89mins), Directed by Fabien Dufils
Lead Cast: John Freeman, Katie Ryan, Casi Colvin
Shifting from one pocket to another, from one man’s drama to another, a lowly dollar bill, ‘one buck’ takes us on an odyssey through the heart of a forgotten town in Louisiana.

Service to Man (USA/2016/92mins), Directed by Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch
Lead Cast: Keith David. Amman Rucker, Morgan Auld. Christopher Livingston
It’s 1968 and a white student from Brooklyn finds himself at Nashville’s legendary black medical school, where he and his peers face the mysteries of medicine, demanding professors, and each other in their quest to become healers in the Service To Man.

The Journey is the Destination (UK, South Africa/2016/119mins), Directed by Bronwen Hughes
Cast: Ben Schnitzer, Ella Purnell, Kelly Macdonald, Maria Bello, Sam Hazeldine, Yusra Warsama
The true story of Dan Eldon, who, by 22 he had traveled to more than 40 countries, written a book, worked in refugee camps, opened a business, fallen in love – and accumulated more life experience than most in a lifetime. As an activist and photojournalist he risked then finally gave his life to find the simple truths and joy of humanity in war-torn, famine-rife Africa.

The Violin Player (India/2015/72mins), Direct by Bauddhayan Mukherji
The Violin player is the story of one day in the life of a failed Bollywood session violinist whose life revolves around remarkable nothingness. Life, that day, throws a carrot at him and he ends up finding expression in an unlikely place. The day unfolds to reveal startling truths about music, art, life and survival.

The Night Watchmen (USA/2017/80mins), Directed by Mitchell Altieri
Lead Cast; Ken Arnold, Kevin Jiggetts, Dan DeLuca, Matt Servitto, Kara Luiz, Max Wilbur, Tiffany Shepis
Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle to save their lives against a horde of hungry vampires.