DC Shorts Film Festival 2017

SEPTEMBER 6—17, 2018

Screenplay Competition

screenFriday, September 15th | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
$15 Online / $20 at the Door

Miracle Theater, 535 8th Street, SE (Eastern Market)


The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is a very different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of judges consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics reviewed over 70 screenplays — and selected the top 6 to be performed for you! After a table reading, the audience will vote for their favorite, and one lucky writer will walk away with $2,000 to shoot their project! The completed film will screen at DC Shorts 2018.

Presenting Sponsor:

Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment

Prize Sponsors:

Write Brothers, Movie Magic Screenwriter

Reception Sponsors:

Tito’s Vodka, Lagunitas Beer, Barefoot Wine, and Green Hat Gin

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The evening will also feature a screening of one of last years DC Shorts Screenplay Competition finalist, Silent Sentinel:


Director, Joe Dzikiewicz, 11 minutes, Drama
Local Filmmaker, World Premiere

The true story of the night in 1917 when women’s suffrage activist Doris Stevens snuck through a graveyard to hold a secret meeting with leader Alice Paul who was being held in jail for asking that women be given the right to vote.

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We need actors to read for this performance. This is a non-paid gig. SAF-AFTRA members may participate. Learn more and participate.

The 6 Finalists

The Pharaohs

Mean girls in a nursing home expel a member because of declining health. She fights back and claims an unlikely victory.

Written by David Malouf

The Outlook is Grim

With his job outsourced to technology, the expendable Grim Reaper deals with the corporate bureaucracy found in heaven.

Written by David Stauffer and Nancy Safavi

The Off Season

Two women, the black sheep of the family, mourn private losses during their grandfather’s funeral.

Written by Mary June Haines

Swipe Right

In a society where face to face communication has become a distant memory, two people attempt to forge a connection.

Written by Jesse Binger

Patricia’s Independence

Patricia lives an independent lifestyle and refuses help from family members. When she is faced with a situation that is beyond her control, it takes a turn for the worse.

Written by Felicia Johnson

Double Tap

A woman suffers a crisis when she accidentally double taps on an image in her secret crush’s Instagram account.

Written by Waka Brown

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