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DC Shorts

Recently named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States.  

15th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival September 7 – 16, 2018

DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 15 pages or less. Six finalists are invited to attend DC Shorts and, with the assistance of local directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors. The readings are performed in front of an audience, who vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine a competition winner. You must submit for the Screenplay Competition at


Call for Entries: 2015 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenwriting Competitions

LEARN MORE TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM OR SCRIPT SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM NOW  I  SUBMIT YOUR SHORT SCREENPLAY NOW SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2015   FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER 10–20, 2015   RIL 30, 2015   FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER 10–20, 2015 The festival has been named as the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine, and is a three-time winner of the Washington City Paper&rsqu...

3 More Reasons to Apply to DC Shorts

Recently named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. In 2013, we screened 152 films from 21 countries in 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of 9,300 people.  We also hosted a table read of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.   ...

How is DC Shorts Different?

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations. We ultimately programed 152 films into 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,300 people. Our main judging criteria is STORY. Do you have an interesting, original story about developed, well-written characters? If so, then you are a good fit for us.   W...

Call for Entries: 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenwriting Competitions

DC Shorts showcases the largest audience-driven collection of short films in the USA.  Now in our 9th year, we expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members mix, mingle and explore the world of short cinema. DC Shorts is unique among film festivals, as we entries to read the feedback and scores from the judging panels — a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name us as “one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee,” and “one of the leading film festivals” ...


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CALL FOR ENTRIES:There are two days left tosubmit your film to the DC Shorts Film Festival!  After April 15, prices increase $10 dollars for the absolutefinal deadline on April 30t.The DC Shorts FilmFestival (September 8-18, 2011) turns the spotlight on truly independent shortfilms, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art offilmmaking is opening to all. We select films of every genre and niche for ourcompetition screenings — with a special focus on films created by me...

7 Reasons to Submit to DC Shorts

1. It’s all about TREATING FILMMAKERS WITH RESPECT. Filmmakers who attend DC Shorts not only enjoy parties and city tours, but also receive complimentary housing, meals and local transportation. Most importantly, they enjoy the opportunity to meet and learn from other filmmakers—an experience that comes from a showcase dedicated to short films and the people who make them.   2. It’s all about UNDERSTANDING THE JUDGING PROCESS. Why didn’t your film or script get in? What were the jud...

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