DC Shorts Film Festival 2017

SEPTEMBER 6—17, 2018

Ripped From The Headlines

Politics, fame and fortune, immigration, terrorism, bullying. Themes too topical to ignore. This showcase runs approximately 120 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers.


Wednesday, September 13th @ 9:00pm

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DramaThriller • United States • 15 minutes

When a high school misfit is taken hostage by a classmate with a gun, he must find common ground with the shooter in order to survive the perilous standoff.

Generation Mars

Drama • Norway • 25 Minutes

Astrid is one of the winners of Generation Mars: A reality show sending the first humans to Mars, never to return. Everything is set for her to leave, except one thing. Astrid must say goodbye to everything she loves.

Arrested (Again)

Documentary • United States • 4 Minutes

Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest. In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen’s story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

The Suitcase

Thriller • United States

The ordinary life of a Boston bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans. Inspired by true events on 9/11.

To Infinity

Drama • United States • 12 minutes

A dying father helps his young daughter carry an imaginary mission into space to reunite her with her mother; which leads to an unimaginable revelation.

Towards the Sun

Drama • United States • 19 minutes

A 12 year old girl confronts her scarring past when she is placed at an immigrant children’s shelter for unaccompanied minors in Texas. As her future hangs in limbo, she embarks on a healing journey to recover her own sense of power through her artwork.

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