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Announcing DCIFF 2022 Finalists: Animation and Narrative Short formats


A Poem by Alba  directed by You Lee (USA / 2020 / 5.38 mins.) An elderly woman living alone in her apartment deals with loneliness and her eventual end.

Being A Dog directed by Felix Swahn (Sweden / 2021 / 8.03 mins.) Every time Tim feels different, he transforms into a French bulldog.

Cokelicops (France / 2021 /4.36mins.) directed by Orianne Leparmentier, Loïc Guillou, Lambert Dothée, Felix Sikora, Elie Boudalier. During a closed-door meeting, three narcos discover a listening device.

Dice and Dragons  (France / 2021 / 5:24 mins.) directed by François Bartoli, Alan Bauge, Alexis Crawford, Elodie Deporte, Hugo Dewanckle, Lorine Guyard, Gaëtan Luzy,Amaël Moufrih, Léa Renaudier. A ragtag group of adventurers is on a quest to find a legendary sword to kill the dragon that threatening their kingdom.

I Will Always Love You  ( USA / 2021 /3.27 mins.) directed by Lydia Ricci The story of how love changes for worse or for better.

Oyasumi~Lullaby of Flame directed by Arisa Wakami (Japan / 2021 / 6.46mins.)  The ancient gods of the earth gather to celebrate the new beginning of a new world. 

One Last Wish directed by Galia Osmo (Israel / 2021 / 10mins.)A fisherman has a magical goldfish, who grants him three wishes. 

Pony Henge directed by Gina Kamentsky (USA / 2021 /5.15 mins.)  A magical place where rocking ponies are left to rust.

Saint Android directed by Lukas von Berg. (Germany / 2021 / 6.10mins.) Norman calls for guidance as his wife is dying, but does not get what he asked for.

Squib: When All of This is Over  directed by Baz Sells ( UK / 2021 / 2.20 mins.)  Anthony Anaxagorou’s poem Squib:  a claustrophobic journey through lockdown and a hopeful look towards the future.

Rosebud – The Rest Of Us  directed by Fabio Itapura (Brazil / 2021 / 2mins.)  A garbage bag desperately flees from being hunted by humans. 

To the Last Drop directed by Simon Schnellmann (Germany / 2021 / 5.46 mins.)To the rhythm of the dripping chemo, an IV pole fights for the life of a cancer patient.

Welcome to Gardenland directed by Aaron Pérez Pardiñas (Spain / 2021 / 7mins.)  In a world where plants have taken the place of humans, the Jeffersons are about to have a crazy day.


Break Any Spell directed by Anton Jøsef ( Canada/ 2021 / 13 mins.) A teenage girl uses Live-Action-Role-Playing to cope and escape from her mother who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

For Good directed by Lukas Dong (USA / 2021 /15.58 mins.) A young couple’s efforts to conceive are tested when Jennifer realizes her husband Andrew is obsessed with an alligator he saw in the Venice Canals.

Diner Therapy: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures directed by Laura Daniel (USA / 2012 / 6.17mins.)
In the midst of the Covid Crisis, displaced New York Therapist Dolly Rey is forced to hold all of her therapy sessions outside. (Web Series)

As de Trèfle directed by Henri Kebabdjian (France / 2021 / 9.34mins.)
Nathan is joined by his daughter Camille by the racetracks. When Nathan discovers that Camille is admitted to a school far away, the race takes a whole other turn.

Thank You directed by Mike Kravinsky (USA / 2021 / 5.30mins.)
What if you learned you would be famous in the future?

Adjustment of Status ( USA / 2020 / 11 mins.) directed by Josh Deal, An immigration officer has a surprise revelation during a not-so-routine Green Card interview.

True Crime directed by Kai Brown (USA / 2021 / 15 mins.) A wannabe fitness influencer and true-crime junkie finally orders the home security system that sponsors her favorite podcast.

Welcome To Forever directed by John Gray (USA / 2021 / 9.22mins) The brilliant designer of smart houses leaves a posthumous surprise for his widow.

All that Glitters directed by Dan Bronzite (UK / 2021 / 20mis.) A desperate teenager snatches a rich woman’s handbag but in a bizarre twist of fate discovers her life is not as rosy as it seems and that they have more in common than he realizes.

Shadows of the Dust directed by Ali Matlock (USA / 2021 / 13.43mins.) A couple’s weekend getaway to view a once in a lifetime celestial event devolves into a series of inexplicable occurrences.

The Wound directed by Sahar Nourmonavar (Iran / 2021 / 12mins.) A 9-year-old girl loses her family after the earthquake and thinks she has been wounded.

Normalized directed by Ziad Fozy ( USA / 2021 / 23mins.) An intimate look at the complexities of manhood, childhood trauma, and how mental instability can lead to detrimental decisions 

DCIFF 2021 Program Comes to Life

March 8th, 2020, and with a shout not a whisper, DCIFF completed its twenty-first festival and the full weight of the pandemic descended. In this process this made us, unwittingly, the last film festival on the East Coast.

March 2021 and we are trying to be one of the first hybrid film festivals. DCIFF like so many arts organizations has had a year to think about not just how to pivot to the situation but what to build that is new, relevant and needed from out of the ashes.  We have chosen more education, more conversation, the art of film, the philosophy of the moving image, the social value of documentaries, media literacy, the genius of animation, interaction, synergy and community: a forum built on a festival.

The 22nd edition of DCIFF will run March 30th to April 8th, 2021 as a hybrid experience with the options of a fully online festival of films to watch, in-person screenings and events in the Metro Washington DC region and a combination of the two.  We hope you will join us to continue to celebrate independent filmmaking, learn/discuss/feel/think and support the arts.  See our offerings at our website.

The link to festival passes is here @$25 and up for all 30 films, online taped events, live streamed activities, Q&As, workshops and seminars.  What a deal! And we are keep adding to the line-up as the situation permits. A Last Minute Inc. approach! 

In-person events following local pandemic guidelines are HERE  and we are adding more events as the situation permits. Our workshops will include: legal issues for live streaming, meet the distributors, 10 tricks for making horror movies, filming live music, how to get started in your media career, animation and the ethics of representation in documentary.

Thank you for your support of an independent spirit in DC and  online. The blurry photos below? Those were the days and we plan to recreate the same energy in new ways.  

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, executive director, DCIFF