2022 High School Competition

2022 DCIFF High School Film Competition

Catch the buzz of On-Site Awards, get an edge by learning from industry insiders, find out how to create a web series and help us make 30 second TikTok films.

A FREE event

Saturday February 26, 2022: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Register to Attend Here or Join Us at the Theater

Miracle Theater, 535 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003


1:00pm – 3:00pm: Film Screenings and Q&A

3:15pm – 3:45pm: What it Takes to Create A Web Series, with Anthony Anderson

Creator/director/writer/actor of the Emmy Award-winning Anacostia, a soap opera web series running since October 15, 2009 on YouTube and available on Amazon Prime since 2018. The series follows the complex relationships and challenges of the residents of a historic Washington, DC neighborhood.

3:45pm – 4:15pm: A Career As A Cameraman with Pete O’Neal

Multiple Emmy-winning cinematographer and Multi-Media Journalist who has worked for WMAR TV news department, as a technical advisor and actor on Homicide: Life on the Street, and as a freelancer for networks such as ABC, CBS and HBO.

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4:15pm – ?:??pm: Zoom Chat with actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson

How did she get to Hollywood?  Cynthia grew up in Silver Spring, has had a successful film and television career to date and is starring in the upcoming 2022 Amazon Rings of Power series, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Judging and Awards

DCIFF 2022 judges are director/cinematographer Spencer Bruttig, film critic Elias Savada and DCIFF’s Executive Director, Deirdre Evans-Pritchard

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Eats and DCIFF HS2022 TikTok Creations


Behind the Bathroom Door directed by Elizaveta (Lisa) Krestianinova (USA / 2021 / 4.59mins.) The raw point of view of a bathroom stall. Seven girls and one transgender guy are all interconnected by this seemingly not interesting place.

Hunter directed by Michelle Tang (USA / 2021 / 11.13mins.) A lonely boy wants to save his mom from his abusive father, but is powerless until…

I have a Dream, A Movie Dream directed by ShiJie Weng (Spain / 2021 / 7.28mins.) We all have a dream but not always the possibility of making it true. Even so, we must have the courage and maturity to try to achieve it.

One Last Entry directed by Rex Svensson  (Sweden /2021 / 5.47mins.) The last man on earth, Henry sees no point in living anymore until he hears gunshots. 

Pho directed by Ethan Chu (USA / 2021 / 12mins) A man must come to terms with and repair the melancholic truth that he has detached from his Vietnamese grandmother.

Taste of Adrenaline director Isharee Williams (USA / 2021 / 4.21mins.)  At the therapy session, Marc and Willow are more addicted to the thrill of crime than they thought.

The Barn & The Birdhouse directed by Casey Lockledge, Jack Malin &  Murray Susen (USA / 2021 / 5mins.) Even new relationships can be complicated.

The Summer Field directed by Jiayang Liu (USA / 2021 / 5.50mins.)  After being drafted to a pro track team, a midwestern young teen needs to decide between his future career and his dementia-ridden grandfather. 

The Lonely Woods directed by Alex Coleman (Canada / 2021 / 7.10mins./animation)   One day when he is resting, a dog encounters a mysterious glowing orb that leads him on a journey into his past.

The Secret Society directed by Ethan Norman (USA / 2021 / 14.36mins.)  A teenager who loses his sister to a seemingly perfect society. He embarks on a journey to find her and prove the world wrong.

The Cleansing Spirit directed by Cole Konstance, Otto Tyler, Drew Cook, and Ani Eagan (USA /2022/ 3mins.)A night shift custodian experiences supernatural phenomena

Til Death Do Us Part directed by Elijah Sylvester-Johnson, Reese Robers, James Lee, Kent Turner, and Reagan Davis (USA / 2022 / 2.9mins. ) a couple’s wedding day and a vision of their future – with hints of what happened in between. Shot on digital as an homage to 16mm film.