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OPEN CALL: Washington DC Independent Film Festival (Feb. 19-23, 2014)

 Filmmakers, media artists, documentarians, send us your films!!  We are open to films of any genre except adult films and in any language (with subtitles). We do not have a section dedicated to family films, but love films that appeal to the child in us all.  We always have a horror section, in honor of a genre that has been an important launching point for independent filmmakers. DCIFF 2014 welcomes open source films, art films and interactive films and will  host special screenings for World Social Justice Day on February 20th, 2014. 

Many film festivals last no longer than five years and we here at DCIFF witness film festivals struggling and disappearing around us in the Metro DC area.  We are pleased to say that DCIFF is thriving and has remained independent through thick and thin for sixteen years.  Perhaps this is because we have made our cutbacks already, because we are an all volunteer-run NGO, because the behind-the-scenes team is stupendous and because we stay on mission to support and promote independent filmmakers/filmmaking in the nation’s capital.  But most of all, it is because we receive amazingly good films for review and are honored to have been taken seriously by filmmakers worldwide.  Thank you all!

All details about submissions are at https://dciff-indie.org/submissions/ on via withoutabox.com

Keep in mind the following:

Our submission fees are very reasonable and are entirely used for programming, outreach and filmmaker support. We make sure that all films in competition are submitted through the same process and have an equal chance of selection.

Earlybird deadline is September 10th and the final deadline is December 1st.

Student films under 20mins. &  DCIFF alumi work can be submitted for FREE in most categories until November 20th, 2013.

It seems that someone else has decided to try to use the DCIFF acronym in the film festival world and until we can change this, please make sure you are submitting to us here in Washington, D.C. and not somewhere in Central Asia!!!

Announcing the narrative and documentary shorts in competition


A Cure
USA/2012/11:30/directed by Matthew Herbertz
Pulled out of school when her mother finds out her sexual interest in other girls, Sarah is forced by her mother to undergo reparative therapy.

A Short Film About Safekeeping
USA/2012/17mins/directed by Mark Hitz
A young girl protects herself from the rush of time using an empty film camera.

 A Bird In The Hand 
UK & Ireland/2012 /8mins/directed by David Brown
Alan, blessed with an unusual appearance and walk, and bullied by everyone he meets, find his true self and along the way finds true love.

USA/2012/24mins/directed by Francisco Lupini                              
Pepa, a Spanish spitfire hairdresser and aspiring mystery writer, must put her amateur detective skills to work in order to discover the true father of her unborn baby.

Russian Federation/2012/ 9mins / directed by Vadim Viner
Cabbagemincer knows a lot about how to shred the cabbage and is a great admirer of women’s feet.

Chance Encounter
USA /2013/5mins/Eric Richardson-Hagans                         
A cop comes across a dangerous criminal during what he thinks will be a routine stop.

Italy/2012/16mins/directed by Andrea La Mendola                                                  A personal view of narcissism and madness inspired by the ancient Greek myth, Narcissus and Echo: a man’s girlfriend is brutally murdered under mysterious circumstances.

Granny Baby
Canada/2012/9mins/directed by Eva Colmers                          
Jack is excited to pick up his new baby sister and mother from the hospital where he bumps into an old, confused Granny.  Jack wants to help the elderly lady, but how?

Heads Up
USA/2012 /13mins/directed by Alex Merlin                                          
An edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and the extreme situation that arises at the weekly poker game.

Germany/2012/19:30/directed by Marco Gadge                                  
Shadows are all Commissioner Stern sees: the darkness he comes from is too powerful to escape.

LIFELESS #BeingKindaDeadSortaSucks
USA/2012/28:46/directed by VP Boyle
A musical about eight high school grads who accidentally spill Extra-Strength-Blue-Plummer-Gel into their party punch and wake up undead.

USA/2012/23mins/directed by Bambadjan Bamba                                         
A young immigrant assimilating to life in America in a home dominated by a stoic and unwavering African father.

Return to the World of Dance
U S A/2012/7mins/directed by Dan Boord, Marilyn Marloff & Luis Valdovino.                                                                              
An instructional guide for those perplexed by the post modern condition. If it is big, if it is orange and if it is ugly– is it contemporary art?’

USA/2012/11:08/directed by Joe Cecchini                                                     
A chance encounter between old friends and an extraordinary story.

UK and Japan/2012/4mins/directed by Kacey Morrow                 
Two tourists traveling alone and worlds apart, unknowingly hold an inescapable connection.

The Curse of Eleanor Crabtree
Australia/2012/James Cowen                     
The twisted tale of a curious, compassionate woman who longs for true love and to escape the oppressive clutches of her bewitching twin sister.

 The Gift
UK/ 2012/15mins/ directed by Andrew Griffin                                          
A troubled couple live an isolated life. Childless, the wife appears neurotically consumed with IVF treatment. A stork brings both hope and tragedy.

The Wound
USA/2012/18mins/David Garrett                                                           
A woman tries to recuperate from abdominal surgery at an idyllic coastal home when one morning her surgical wound comes to life…

This is Caroline
USA/2012/16mins/directed by Danny Abel                             
The story of how an accident, misinterpreted as a suicide attempt, forces a girl to acknowledge real feelings of loneliness.

Titans of Newark
USA/2012/24mins/directed by Mike Marino                    
Bored with their retirement, the Greek gods of ancient lore decide to toy with the destiny of an out of work accountant in New Jersey.

USA/2012/14mins/ directed by Wenhwa Ts’ao
As a veteran struggles to adjust to civilian life, her experiences in the war come back to challenge her on one fateful night.

Switzerland 2012/14:38/directed by Anthony Jerjen                              
To avoid bankruptcy, a magician named Leonard decides to perform the biggest and most dangerous trick of his career, despite the advice of his manager.

Italy/2012/ 30mins/directed by Antonio De Palo                                            
A  child with Down Syndrome sneaks into the small-town theater to witness rehearsals for a show inspired by Marcel Marceau.

What’s Eating Pee Wee Wong?
USA/2012/27mins/directed by Phree Swearingen
A trip to the wild west where Pee Pee Wong (Andreas Beckett), the world’s ex-top gunslinger abruptly meets his past.


Eviction Defenders
USA/2012/9:12mins/directed by Paul Abowd      
Washington DC and activists are trying to prevent the authorities from evicting someone from her home.

Mr. Stokes Mission
USA/2013/30mins/directed by Sam Hampton                
In 1951 John Stokes helped organize a walkout by over 400 fellow African American high school students in Farmville, Virginia to protest segregated school conditions.

USA/2012/14:16mins/directed by Chris Portal, Merri Lisa Trigilio & Laura Wagner.                            
Can Jacob Guevara, the reigning champion, defend his title in the fiercest shuffleboard competition west of Austin?

Announcing our animation (+) finalists for 2013



France/ 2012/ 5:24mins/ directed by Bastien Belvaux

Constantly running away in a world that doesn’t accept him, a man looks for a way to turn his difference into a strength. Then he can stop hiding.


Canada/ 2012/ 6:30mins/ directed by James Stewart

An art film about a work of art, the medieval papercut masterwork by New York Artist Beatrice Coron.


USA/ 2012/ 2mins/ Ilana Morgan Schwartz

An old man must overcome his lazy habits in order to obtain the breakfast of his dreams.


USA/ 2012/ 6:27mins/ directed by Barbara Mones

When a recently hired fish thrower meets the girl of his dreams, circumstances force him to make a very difficult choice.


Belgium, France, Switzerland/ 2012/ 25mins/ directed by Izu Troin

It is 1862  and snow isolates an inn at the foot of a glacier in the Swiss Alps rendering it totally inaccessible and impossible to leave (based on the story L’auberge” by Guy de Maupassant).


UK/ 2012/ 8mins/ directed by Peter Bunzl

A boy and his mum live on an isolated farm, but one day a Crow man crashes into their world (Mask characters with animation)


Canada/ 17:45 mins/ directed by Owen Coughlan

Brilliant Scientist Fang overhears Freud and Jung arguing about the nature of dreams: When Fang suggests a third possibility they beat him up and steal his wallet. And then…


USA/ 2012/ 3:45mins/directed by Devin Bell

An animated musical piece about 26 things you should absolutely never eat.


USA/ 2012/ 8mins/ directed by Ivan Orkeny

The second animation in a trilogy about a miniature 18th century spiral staircase wandering and evolving through an ever-growing landscape.


Switzerland/2013/5 mins/directed by Elena Schoenfeld and Martine Ulmer

Divided and falling, entwined with tongues, a cat runs from noses to ears. Here’s a mouse, there’s a djembé. To the elephant’s leg and back: Mind the Cat!!


USA/ 2012 /3:26mins/ directed by Hee Jin Kim

What should she chose? Voluptuous breasts or her pet hamster?


Germany/2012/ 29mins/ directed by Hannes Rall

An adaptation of the German tale ‘The Cold Heart’ by Wilhelm Hauff, the story of a young man who trades his warm heart for a cold stone in order to become rich (with color design by renowned animation-designer Hans Bacher)


Ireland/ 2012/ 7:35mins/ directed by Fred Burdy

A woman forces a banshee to guide her to the Celtic realm of Death in order to bring her husband back to life.

About the DCIFF Summit

About the DCIFF Summits Dec 28, 2011

We are arranging a DCIFF-unique on the latest legislative environment around filmmaking. As speakers and venues are confirmed, they’ll be listed in this category.