Young Talent: DCIFF’s Summer 2022 Filmmaking Course

Every year when we hold our High School Film Competition we come away wowed by how good the young filmmakers all are, how quickly they grasp techniques and how brave they are with ideas and stories. This year was no exception so we moved quickly to set up a new ….

FREE Summer Filmmaking Course July 11-August 12th, Mon-Fri 3-7pm for Ages 14-19 interested in film and media careers in DC and the wider DMV. Everyone gets to be part of making a short fiction film.


You are welcome to put your name on a waitlist starting Week 2

Email: with Summer2022 Waitlist as the Subject Title

Take-Aways from DCIFF’s 2022 High School Film Competition and Filmmaking Courses:

  • No topic is taboo among teenagers willing to take on their own issues and topics of family and society.
  • They understand story structure very well even if they are still working on dialogue and presentation
  • It really is possible to start becoming an animator as a teenager
  • The teamwork essential to make a film is alive and well among the young!
  • Making a film in high school is an amazing portfolio addition for work and going on to college

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)