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.
SORRY! THE PROGRAM IS FULL
You are welcome to put your name on a waitlist starting Week 2
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
3:15pm – 3:45pm: What it Takes to Create A Web Series, with Anthony Anderson
Creator/director/writer/actor of the Emmy Award-winning Anacostia, a soap opera web series running since October 15, 2009 on YouTube and available on Amazon Prime since 2018. The series follows the complex relationships and challenges of the residents of a historic Washington, DC neighborhood.
3:45pm – 4:15pm: A Career As A Cameraman with Pete O’Neal
Multiple Emmy-winning cinematographer and Multi-Media Journalist who has worked for WMAR TV news department, as a technical advisor and actor on Homicide: Life on the Street, and as a freelancer for networks such as ABC, CBS and HBO.
4:15pm – ?:??pm: Zoom Chat with actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson
How did she get to Hollywood? Cynthia grew up in Silver Spring, has had a successful film and television career to date and is starring in the upcoming 2022 Amazon Rings of Power series, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Judging and Awards
DCIFF 2022 judges are director/cinematographer Spencer Bruttig, film critic Elias Savada and DCIFF’s Executive Director, Deirdre Evans-Pritchard
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Eats and DCIFF HS2022 TikTok Creations
Behind the Bathroom Door directed byElizaveta (Lisa) Krestianinova (USA / 2021 / 4.59mins.) The raw point of view of a bathroom stall. Seven girls and one transgender guy are all interconnected by this seemingly not interesting place.
Hunter directed byMichelle Tang (USA / 2021 / 11.13mins.) A lonely boy wants to save his mom from his abusive father, but is powerless until…
I have a Dream, A Movie Dream directed byShiJie Weng (Spain / 2021 / 7.28mins.) We all have a dream but not always the possibility of making it true. Even so, we must have the courage and maturity to try to achieve it.
One Last Entry directed by Rex Svensson(Sweden /2021 / 5.47mins.) The last man on earth, Henry sees no point in living anymore until he hears gunshots.
Pho directed by Ethan Chu (USA / 2021 / 12mins) A man must come to terms with and repair the melancholic truth that he has detached from his Vietnamese grandmother.
Taste of Adrenaline director Isharee Williams (USA / 2021 / 4.21mins.) At the therapy session, Marc and Willow are more addicted to the thrill of crime than they thought.
The Barn & The Birdhouse directed by Casey Lockledge, Jack Malin & Murray Susen (USA / 2021 / 5mins.) Even new relationships can be complicated.
The Summer Field directed by Jiayang Liu (USA / 2021 / 5.50mins.) After being drafted to a pro track team, a midwestern young teen needs to decide between his future career and his dementia-ridden grandfather.
The Lonely Woods directed by Alex Coleman (Canada / 2021 / 7.10mins./animation) One day when he is resting, a dog encounters a mysterious glowing orb that leads him on a journey into his past.
The Secret Society directed by Ethan Norman (USA / 2021 / 14.36mins.) A teenager who loses his sister to a seemingly perfect society. He embarks on a journey to find her and prove the world wrong.
The Cleansing Spirit directed by Cole Konstance, Otto Tyler, Drew Cook, and Ani Eagan (USA /2022/ 3mins.)A night shift custodian experiences supernatural phenomena
Til Death Do Us Part directed by Elijah Sylvester-Johnson, Reese Robers, James Lee, Kent Turner, and Reagan Davis (USA / 2022 / 2.9mins. ) a couple’s wedding day and a vision of their future – with hints of what happened in between. Shot on digital as an homage to 16mm film.