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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  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Blocks: High School Student Films Soon-To-Be On-Screen Premieres

This year, DCIFF’s educational programming expands beyond the film festival week with a 6-week after school program for high school students in partnership with DC International School. Students study the foundations of creating on-screen interviews by exploring storytelling and script-crafting, elements of the interview, and technical aspects of filming and editing.

In sessions focused on storytelling, students have debated the competing importance of context, conflict, and motivation in cultivating stories that an audience will care to hear and see. To practice crafting their own stories, students shared filmed accounts of a broken arm, the disappointing results of a soccer team tryout, and learning how to ask uncomfortable questions, among other topics. 

As sessions moved on to interviewing techniques, the group discussed building rapport with an interview subject, planning the topic and order of a line of questions, and probing for more information without planting a desired answer. In breakout rooms, mock interview groups experimented with these techniques and through practice identified the small but impactful difference made by asking open-ended questions (“When do you feel most energized in your work?” versus “Do you like your job?”). 

An Emmy award winning Documentary Producer and Cinematographer for Tegna Media, Spencer Bruttig will be leading upcoming sessions on filming technique and various factors to consider, from locations, lighting, and sound to time restraints and other logistical planning factors.

In the next couple of weeks, students will be planning, filming, and producing their own on-screen interviews with bilingual Washingtonians to explore community members’ experience of inhabiting multiple languages. Currently, students are preparing to send out their requests to potential interview subjects and are drafting scripts to develop a line of questioning. Once complete, students’ interview films will not only be screened at the DCIFF High School Film Festival (March 13-14), but they will also be saved in HumanitiesDC’s Digital Museum. (DCIFF’s free after school program for highschool students is made possible by the DC Humanities Council.)

Stay tuned!

(Top photo courtesy of Engin Akyurt)