DC Shorts Film Festival 2017

SEPTEMBER 6—17, 2018


Dancing On Wheels

Documentary • United States • 10 Minutes

Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t dance.” This is what Kitty Lunn, a paralyzed dancer, has been telling herself and her students for the past 30 years.

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

Documentary • United States • 24 minutes

Visual effects artists are responsible for some of the most iconic moments in movie history. But while Hollywood’s profits grow, visual effects artists struggle for fair pay, representation and recognition beyond the most prestigious award in film — an Oscar.

Huni Kuin – The Last Guardians

Documentary • Brazil • 7 minutes

In the heart of Brazilian Amazon, the survival of an ancient indigenous tribe is seriously threatened. Bainawá, a leadership member of the Huni Kuin, speaks directly to the nawa,’ white man’, about the urgent preservation of the forest where his people live.


Documentary • United States • 7 minutes

The film explores the plight of the 3.5 million Americans who experience homelessness each year and calls on Congress to act on their behalf and in hopes to prompt people to stop and think about the issue of homelessness, to spark real and tangible change.

Kitty and Ellen

Documentary • United States • 16 minutes

The film documents the incredible friendship of two Holocaust survivors through animated memories of their past and the impact of the Trump election. Ultimately, the powers of friendship and humor are what make these women a resilient force during a time when the contemporary political climate bears striking resemblance to their past.

KOJO: A Short Documentary

Documentary • United States • 14 minutes

In this candid interview, gifted twelve year old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of Jazz music, Kojo’s charisma, sensibility, and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills and he shares it with you.

Little Potato

Documentary • United States • 13 minutes

An autobiographical documentary about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom and their adventurous escape to America.

Make Them Believe

Documentary • United States • 14 minutes

A Russian wrestler enchanted by the United States plays the ultimate villain as the stars and stripes-clad character ‘American Hope” in Moscow’s underground wrestling ring. It’s a Kremlin-run world far from the pageantry of USA pay-per-view popularity where the red, white, and blue is the evil enemy and wrestlers slam into decrepit mats located in dingy basements.

Mister Sunshine

Documentary • New Zealand • 4 minutes

Meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man peddling goodwill and cheer throughout the streets of Auckland, New Zealand.

My Irnik

Documentary • Canada • 15 minutes

A film about a father and son’s relationship and the passion of shared adventure. Set in Arctic Canada, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal fell in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. Now, with a young family, he helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.

Ode to Lesvos

Documentary • Netherlands • 11 minutes

An inspiring story about a small group of fishermen and old ladies from the town of Skala Sikamineas on Lesvos, who received hundreds of thousands of refugees with open arms during summer of 2016. Because of their selfless efforts, the villagers were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Prince of Smoke

Documentary • United States • 24 minutes

Young Cuban tobacco farmer and cigar maker, Hirochi Robaina, follows in his famous grandfather’s footsteps as he fights climate change and government bureaucracy to bring in the harvest and preserve the 171 year-old family legacy.

Eyes Of Society

Documentary • Canada • 9 Minutes

A beautiful film that documents a group of artists from across Canada as they embark on a 14-day kayak journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay


Documentary • Canada • 18 Minutes

After losing her left eye in a car accident, artist Tanya Vlach attempts to make herself whole again by trying to build a camera that fits inside her prosthetic eye.

Exit Plan

Documentary • United States • 8 Minutes

Cinematic visuals complementing a deep story about a motorcycle mechanic and family man.

Seven Dates With Death

Documentary • United States • 10 minutes

The story of Moreese Bickham, the oldest living survivor of death row. Bickham describes his killings, his experience on death row and how he was able to get out with his life.

Strongest I’ll Ever Be

Documentary • United States • 15 minutes

After being handed a heartbreaking diagnosis of ALS, award-winning photographer Anthony Carbajal confronts the disease that robs him of his abilities and his future, in order to create a meaningful life during what time he has left.

Dear Baltimore

Documentary • United States • 25 Minutes

A teenager writes a letter to the city of Baltimore to share his thoughts on growing up in the city and the program that has helped steer his life in the right direction.

Close To U

Documentary • United States • 10 Minutes

A short documentary exploring the untold history and visionary future of the U Street Corridor, a fast-changing community, as told by two locals through their thriving careers.

The Forger

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 16 minutes

By his 19th birthday, Adolfo Kaminsky had helped save thousands of children from the Nazis by hand-making false passports. He went on to forge papers for people around the world in practically every major conflict of the mid-20th century.

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