Washington, D.C., District of Columbia


The films have been watched, reviewed, scored and programmed. For the curious, here are some statistics:
- 323 Entries from 11 countries - an increase of 414% from last year!
- Total film time: 68 hours, 44 minutes (almost 3 days!)
- Average film length: 12 mins, 46 secs.
- Longest film: 30 mins
- Shortest Film: 58 seconds

The screening committee is proud to annouce that we have selected 58 films from 9 countries to be shown over the course of the festival weekend. Add in the special LunaFest screening, and this year, DC Shorts will showcase 66 films! And, in keeping with our ties to the local film community -- we are proud to show 13 films made locally (that doesn't include the dozen other films who also have local ties)

A complete list of the films is now available at http://www.dcshorts.com The times and locations of each screening is indicated, and a version suitable for downloading is in the "media" area.

REMEMBER: The festival is September 16-18,2005!


Tickets and passes will be available at http://www.dcshorts.com and http://www.moviefone.com beginning August 15, 2005. Ticket prices for each screening are $9.50 online and $12 at the door. Even with the increase in seating (220 per show), the theater is EXPECTED TO SELL OUT, so purchase your tickets early to guarantee your seat.

The DC SHORTS ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS will also be available on August 15 at the web site. This $75 pass allows you to attend every screening with priority seating, guarantees you a seat at the Arts-On-Foot/Canadian Embassy event, allows you access to the filmmaker lounge, and we will even buy you a drink at the Opening Night Party at Poste Brasserie. Plus, if you purchase your pass by September 1, your name will appear on-screen as a thank you for your support.


DC Shorts has been selected as a premier city to showcase LunaFest -- short films by, for and about women. LUNAFEST will show films ranging from documentaries to animated shorts to dance narratives and cover topics such as women's health, body image, sexuality, spirituality, sports, relationships, cultural diversity, breaking barriers and the environment. TICKET SALES FROM LUNAFEST WILL BENEFIT THE MAUTNER PROJECT (local) AND THE BREAST CANCER FUND (natonal). More information about LunaFest can be found at the dcshorts.com web site.


Last year's amazing success was due to wonderful volunteers. And with an expanded program, help is needed more than ever. We still need help with the theaters (ushers) and, most critical: HOUSING VOLUNTEERS. DC Shorts is very different than many festivals, in that we provide housing, food and other benefits for filmmakers to attend. If you have a spare bedroom, sofabed or sleeping bag, please consider housing a filmmaker (or 2). For your generosity, we will gladly provide you with a screening pass of your choice, plus invitations to the opening night party and closing awards ceremony. Contact Andria Alefhi at [email protected] to volunteer your time/bed. Thank you!


As always, THANK YOU for your continued support of DC Shorts. This year is turning into an amazing event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Jon Gann & Paul Marengo
Festival Coordinators
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Added by dcshorts on July 20, 2005