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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  









Announcing With Brio: DCIFF 2020 Short Fiction Films

Auxiliary Man (USA/20129/15.43mins) directed by Max Roux. An inept hit man has a chance to prove himself but nothing goes as planned.

Brothers Again (Switzerland/2019/11:04mins) directed by Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola. An elderly man lives in serenity with his wife. The arrival of his brother Vittorio breaks the calm. 

Flora (Spain/2019/14mins) directed by Javier Kühn. A Victorian story about life, death and everything in between. 

Free Fun (Cyprus/2019/ 5mins)  directed by Fehmi Öztürk. When Kika entered an adult VR game, she encountered something she never expected.

Free Rider  (USA/2019/12:37mins) directed by Rhythum. A guy gives a stranger a ride to his aunt’s house, then realizes it was probably a mistake.

Going Steady (USA/2019/7:58mins) directed by Brydie O’Conner A woman’s wild imagination about the relationship she truly desires in 1950s Kansas.

Hey Zeus (USA/2019/ 7:28mins) directed by José A. Acosta. After a botched immigration raid, ICE agents give varying accounts of what happened.

Maradona’s Legs (Germany/2019/20mins) directed by Firas Khoury.  During the 1990 World Cup, two young Palestinian boys look for the last missing sticker that they need in order to complete their world cup album.

Old Blue Eyes (USA/2019/18:19mins) directed by Christian J. Parkinson. Frank Sinatra will play one last show at the Hoboken Town Hall before hanging up the mic. Or so he says…

Our Home Here (USA/2019/16.27mins ) directed by Angela Chen.  Parallel stories of broken relationships between parents and their children striving for the American Dream all revolving around one explosive night.

Rattenfalle/The Rat Trap (USA/2019/3.33mins) directed by Win Brooks, The horrors of modern cuisine and the palatability of revenge.

Red Ladies (USA/2019 /8:46mins) directed by Parida Tanti. True blue Olivia returns home to stop her mom from becoming the first female Asian-American Republican assemblywoman.

Rock On Dude (Canada/2019/10mins) directed by Frank Appache. A veteran hard rock DJ must compromise by interviewing and featuring bubblegum music duo to stay on the air.

Ruby (Canada/2019/8:41mins) directed by Guillaume Comtois.  Lionel is a photographer. Ruby is a model. They knew each other a long time ago and both know the other is unhappy.

Shrevepoet (USA/2019/11:29mins) directed by Abigail Kruger. Larry Wolf glides through the city of Shreveport knowing the unstoppable power of nature.

Tommy (Australia/2019/19mins) directed by Scott Dale. A young boy and his imaginary friend are caught in the middle of a nasty custody battle. As the feud between his parents reaches boiling point, worlds collide.

The Imminent Expiration of Seth Dodson (USA/2019/11:36mins) directed by Alex Craig. Seth Dodson, along with the rest of the world, knows the exact date of his ultimate demise. Just not how or at what time. 

The Usual Route (USA/2019/11mins) directed by Cory Warner. Between starting a new job as a garbage collector and doing small dope deals, a 16-year-old, finds himself pulled in several directions. Based off selections from Steven Dunn’s novel, Potted Meat.

Tremble (UK/ 2019/4:31mins)  directed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple. An abstract dining room is the setting for 26 Scottish Ballet dancers to perform.