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Sep. 23rd, 2009




October 15-18, 2009
University of California, Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

ScriptDC 2009 is a multi-day series of classes, competitions,
roundtables and networking opportunities for screenwriters of every
skill level.  Presented by the region’s most respected film and video
organizations, this unique weekend combines the best of each group’s
programming skills, ensuring that all participants gain the skills and
knowledge to take their writing to the next level.

Screenwriters Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), and Jeff Porro and
Robert Eisele (The Great Debaters) will be joining other invited local
and national industry professionals to ensure that all conference
participants gain the skills, knowledge and connections they need to
be successful.  Workshops will demonstrate how to network, how to
pitch your work and how to finance film projects in addition to
offering the unique opportunity to have the first 10 pages of your
script critiqued by producers.

Many seminars, panel discussion, live screenplay readings, networking
opportunities and more! Register soon before the pitching and script
critique sessions fill up!

General Registration:
        Full Weekend $300
        Individual Seminars: $75
        Individual Pitch Sessions: $40

WIFV, DCFA, TIVA-DC and Actors Center Members:
        Full Weekend $200
        Individual Seminars: $50
        Additional Pitch Sessions: $40

DC Shorts Filmmakers and Full-Time University Students:
        Full Weekend $75
        Additional Pitch Sessions: $40

For more information, visit http://scriptdc.com

Apr. 8th, 2009


DC Film Salon Presents: The Truths about Casting

The DC FILM SALON Presents

The Truths about Casting

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
6:15pm - 8:30pm
Bar Louie
701 7th Street, NW -- next to the Verizon Center

Join us for FILM, FUN & 'FORMATION at Bar Louie, the hip neighborhood restaurant at Gallery Place. Bar and food service are available. Metro: Red/Green/Yellow to Gallery Place/Chinatown

Eat, Drink & Network!
Meet and mingle with other local filmmakers and actors.

The Topic of the Hour
Join local casting director, Merry Alderman, and local actor Joy Haynes, to discuss how to properly run a casting call, how to evaluate actors, and how to negotiate for services.

Film Screening
We are looking for films to screen and discuss.  If you are interested, please email jon@dcfilm.org for more information


Jon Gann
Founder, DC Film Alliance

Jan. 21st, 2009


Want to be a judge for 2009?

We need you!!

DC Shorts selects films from the opinions of our judging committee. Last year, 100 of our fans joined the ranks of the elite and watched more than 700 films to choose the final 102 we screened.

In early March, you will attend an afternoon Judge Training session and learn how the process works in full.  Your team of 3 judge will then have until May 15 to watch between 30-50 films, and score them online.  We have streamlined the process, so your total time commitment will be approximately 15 hours.

In September, you will be called upon to volunteer at the festival for two shifts: ushering, catering, welcoming -- whatever is needed. Total time commitment in September is 6 hours.

You will have the privelege of watching dozens of films before the general public. Plus during the summer months, you will be able to borrow films to watch at home.

If you are interested, please send an email to judges@dcshorts.com

Best of DC Shorts 2008 SUPERSHOW!

Best of DC Shorts 2008 SUPERSHOW!

Friday, February 6, 7:00pm and Saturday, February 7, 7:00pm

US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Only $10 for the 3-hour screening!
Buy Tickets Now!

Watch 14 films from across the country and from around the globe in a special 3-hour screening (with intermission) of the best films from the 2008 DC Shorts Film Festival competition. Meet the festival organizers and filmmakers during the intermission or after the screening, and get a sneak-peak into DC Shorts 2009 -- and the Our City Film Festival which plays on Sunday, February 8.

There is a Post-screening party after the Saturday Screening at Bar Louie, 10pm to closing to celebrate the end of DC Shorts 2008, and to kick off the Our City Film Festival. Your tickets admits you to the event: nibbles and soda provided, cash bar.

Films to be shown:
Audience Award: How My Dad Killed Dracula
Best Female Director: Nina Quebrada
Diversity Award: A Land Called Paradise
Audience Award: The Bad News Bearer
Best HD Film: La Tangente
Best Cinematography: The List
Audience Award: Speed Dating
Festival Director's Choice: Bloom
Best Local Film: Funniest Feds
Audience Award: CU@EDs
Audience Award: Tortilla
Filmmaker's Favorite: PATH
Audience Award: The Collinwood Campaign
Best 1st Time Director: Irish Twins
Ticket Info: Only $10 for the 3-hour screening!

For more information, email info@dcshorts.com or visit http://dcshorts.com/bestof/.

Dec. 2nd, 2008


SUBMISSIONS OPEN for DC Shorts Film Festival 2009

Submissions are now open for the 2009 edition of the famed DC Shorts Film Festival! Visit the updated web site at http://dcshorts.com

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art of filmmaking is opening to all. We select films from every genre for our competition screenings — with a special focus on films created by metropolitan Washington, DC-based directors and writers. After each screening, filmmakers have the opportunity to speak to the audience as part of a moderated panel.

In 2008, DC Shorts reviewed more than 750 entries from around the globe. We selected 103 short films for screenings at 8 showcases during the competition weekend of September 11-14, 2008, with each show featuring an average of ten short films. Since a major focus of the event is the inclusion of filmmakers, many of the films were represented by the more than 108 filmmakers in attendance from 8 countries. More than 2,600 people attended the screenings.

DC Shorts gives ALL ENTIRES feedback -- a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name us as "one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee," AND as "one of the leading film festivals" in the country.

THE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15, 2009.  Submission fees go up after that date -- so enter now and save!

I look forward to seeing your new works!

- Jon Gann
 Festival Director

PS: If you have a film of Asian or European interest, check out the new EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival at http://euroasiashorts.com  Low fees, unique themes, and screenings at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington DC.