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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  









Film Chat and Pizza with Kevin Tran

During our first DCIFF Film Chat, we spoke with Kevin Tran. He shared how he was inspired to make a film about suburban life from his childhood. He combined that with a news story of a person killing people’s house pets. He wondered, how would the neighbors react? Would they go on with life? Would they be searching for this pet killer? With the help of his cast and crew, they got others to sign on and film in New Jersey. For the first time feature film director, Tran said that he was thankful for the patience and wisdom his more experienced cast gave him. Clearly the result was good as the film can be seen at Amazon Prime.

We ended with him sharing a pizza recipe that he and his family have been making during the quarantine. If we could have just reached through the screen for a bite!

For the dough:
2 cups bread flour 
1 cup cold water
1 tsp of active dry yeast
1 tsp of salt
For the sauce:
1 can of whole tomatoes 
2 garlic cloves
Pinch of salt
Shredded fresh mozzarella 
Olive oil
+ Anything your heart desires!

  • Place pizza stone on the high rack and turn the oven to broil. Make sure the stone is really hot before starting.
  • Mix flour, water, yeast and salt in a food processor, mixing stand or bowl. Best to let stand for at least 30 min. and up to 3 hours
  • In a food processor blend tomatoes, garlic and salt
  • Roll out dough into a flat circle with a roller or by hand. Use more flour so that the dough does not stick to the surface or the peel.
  • Add a thin layer of tomato sauce, then mozzarella and top with olive oil and basil (or additional toppings)
  • Use a pizza peel to place the pie on the hot stone.
  • Bake for 3-6 min. Check that the cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is crispy.
  • Let cool for 5 min. before slicing into triangles

Each month FilmChat highlights work from our successful alum that you can watch online. Free, online and all welcome. Next DCIFF Film Chat is March 9th (8:30-9:20pm EST) with Alex Goldberg who will share his upcoming script and, of course, a recipe. First watch his last film CLOSURE on Amazon Prime.  

Read our previous blog about Kevin and listen to our podcast interview with him here. 

You can learn more about his film here.