The DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast. In our 9th year, we are showing 140 films from 27 nations — and expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.

After the competition weekend (September 9-16), we will re-screen all of the programs, culminating with the special “Best of DC Shorts” (SHOW A INFO) (SHOW B INFO) screenings on September 15 and 16.


Love the festival and want to see more at your leisure? With a single $20 pass, you can watch over 100 short films on your computer. You may purchase this pass online or at the box office. The films featured at the Best of DC Shorts screenings are not available to watch online.