Film Festivals

Posted By David Gaines On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 With 0 Comments

Film Festivals

Our City Film Festival

The Our City Film Festival is the only festival that showcases DC-focused films. We encourage filmmakers to make films that will bring our communities together and celebrate the rich cultures, stories and scenes that make up Washington, DC. Started in 2008 by Yachad, a DC non-profit committed to affordable housing and community development, the festival acts as an outreach effort and is now entering its sixth year. Since 2008 we have launched filmmakers careers, helping them gain audiences, press attention, cash prizes and television deals and our loyal audience looks forward to our festival every year. We welcome everyone to Our City whether you are a filmmaker, audience member or possible partner.


Silverdocs, called “Non-Fiction Nirvana” by Variety, the “Pre-eminent documentary Festival in the US” by Screen International and the “premiere showcase for documentary film” by Hollywood Reporter, has just completed its 10th anniversary festival. Silverdocs encompasses a seven-day international film festival and five-day concurrent conference that promotes documentary film as a leading art form, supports the work of independent filmmakers and fosters an atmosphere for public dialogue and civic engagement around the issues and ideas explored in the films.

Environmental Film Festival

Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has become one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s films at venues throughout the city. Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters and are attended by large audiences. Selected to provide fresh perspectives on global environmental issues, most Festival films are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and special guests, including national decision makers and thought leaders, and are free to the public. The Festival’s Web site serves as a global resource for environmental film throughout the year.

48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.

Arabian Sights

DC Independent Film Festival

As the oldest independent film festival in Washington, the DC Independent Film Festival has a storied history of presenting extraordinary films. We have showcased cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. By exhibiting world premiere screenings, hosting timely seminars and workshops, and even sponsoring discussions with the United States Congress, DCIFF gives independent filmmakers opportunities for their voices to be heard in a way that no other festival can provide.

DC Shorts Film Festival

Founded in 2003, the DC Shorts Film Festival was created by DC-based filmmaker, Jon Gann, in response to the dozens of festivals he attended the previous year with his award-winning film, Cyberslut. Frustrated that many festivals were focused on money and sponsors and not films and filmmakers, he decided to start his own event, focusing on the form he loves — shorts.

Fiesta Asia Film Festival

FilmFest DC

Filmfest DC has become an important Washington showcase for new international cinema and talent. Our quality programming, spirit of celebration, and goodwill attract thousands of people from throughout the region. We trust you will find Filmfest DC entertaining and enlightening. It is an annual adventure and we are very pleased to have you join us.

Freer and Sackler

Free movies from all around the world all the time all year round.

G.I. Film Festival

The GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty. Some of the films screened are voted on by fans. Others are screened for the first time. All will in some way express the courage and selflessness of our fighting men and women and the value of their work.

Washington Jewish Film Festival

Outdoor Movies

DC Outdoor Films

Schedule of all the movies screening outdoors throughout the region.

Capitol Riverfront

NoMa Summer Screen

Screen on the Green

U Street Movie Series

Logan Circle

Palisades Park

Movies at the Harbor on the Potomac [National Harbor]

Crystal Screen [Crystal City]

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival [Rockville]

Alexandria Outdoor Film Festival [Alexandria]

Bethesda Outdoor Movies [Bethesda]

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