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Young Talent: DCIFF’s Summer 2022 Filmmaking Course

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.


You are welcome to put your name on a waitlist starting Week 2

Email: dcindiefilmfest@gmail.com 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

Announcing the narrative feature selections for DCIFF 2022

Adam and the Water directed by Matthew Appleby (USA / 2022 / 80mins/ Premiere) Key Cast: Qado, Elisa Alemparte. Adam, riddled by his own inhibitions and fears, is stuck in the mundane existence of a 9-5 life in New York. Nearing the brink of personal collapse, he meets Eva. As she enters Adams’s life, the void starts to dissipate, and a new ethereal world guides him toward self-realization. Will Adam succumb to the crippling reality he has created, or rise to a free and infinite one? .

Americanish directed by Iman Zawahry (USA /2021 /90mins.) Key Cast: Aizzah Fatima, Salena Qureshi, Shenaz Treasure, Lillete Dubey, Mohammed Amer, Godfrey, George Wendt, Kapil Talwalkar.  In Jackson Heights, Queens, two sisters and their fresh-off-the-boat cousin try all the conventional ways to earn the love and respect of the matriarch of their family only to learn that life works out in the most unconventional ways.

Bootyology directed by Joe Eddy ( USA/ 2022/ 96mins/ Premiere) Key Cast Brian Austin Green, Andy Kindler, David Thuene, Patrice Covington, Alysha YoungKey Cast, Rhett George, Megan Duffy, Robert J Steinmiller Jr., Spencer Yaras, Chris Lightbody. When a documentary crew sets out to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and popular music, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they stumble across a mystery involving the disappearance of the infamous rap duo, The Booty Boys. 

Sons of the Sea directed by John Gutierrez (South Africa /2021 /82mins.)  Lead Cast: Roberto Kyle, Marlon Swarts and Brendon Daniels.  In a small fishing community on the outskirts of Cape Town, Gabriel discovers a dead body and two bags of valuable abalone. His brother, Michail, convinces him they must take it for themselves.

We Don’t Dance For Nothing  directed by Stefanos Tai (Hong Kong / 2022 / 100mins/ Premiere)  Lead Cast: Miles Sible, Xyza Cada, Miss Powers, Anson Bean.  In the vibrant Hong Kong community of Filipina domestic workers and during escalating protests, one woman plans her escape. Photo montage and moving image weave a story of entrapment and release when they dance.