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The 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival Competitions

The 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival opens up for entries in its annual film and screenwriting competitions.

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 everyone. The organizers select films from every genre for their competition screenings – with a special focus on films created by metropolitan Washington, DC-based directors and writers.

The festival is open to filmmakers around the world. Last year, DC Shorts received hundreds of submissions from 42 nations and showcased 145 films from 23 countries in 17 unique showcases to a combined audience of over 7,200 people.

DC Shorts is Calling for Short Films (Under 20 minutes)

The 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival is calling for films under 20 minutes in all genres, styles and themes, and program screenings which allow audiences to watch as many different types of films as possible.

Lots of Awards for the Winning Filmmakers!

  • Outstanding First-Time Director
    Winner is presented with a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award
  • Filmmakers’ Choice (chosen by filmmakers in attendance)
    Winner is presented with a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award
  • Festival Director’s Choice (chosen by the Festival Director)
    Winner is presented with a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award
  • Outstanding Local Film, presented by KVM Rentals
    Winner is presented with a $1000 equipment rental package
  • Outstanding Use of Food, presented by Whole Foods
    Winner is presented with a Whole Foods gift are of $500. Film must be a US-based production.
  • Outstanding Cinematography
    Winner is presented with a substantial amount of film stock. Film must be a US-based production.
  • Audience Favorite Awards
    Selected for each screening which consist of a framed certificate and no cash award.

DC Shorts Film Festival is Open to Filmmakers Around the World

  • Submitted films must be under 20 minutes, including credits.
  • Films must have been completed after 1 January 2011.
  • All non-English language films must have English subtitles.
  • All genres, styles and themes are being accepted.

Register Your Film Through Withoutabox

To enter the 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival register films online through Withoutabox.

Then, send video materials to:

DC Shorts Film Festival
1317 F Street NW, Suite 920
Washington, DC 20004-1151
USA

Entry Fee

  • Until 30 January 2012 (Early Bird):
    • $25 for students
    • $30 for others
  • Until 31 March 2012 (Regular Deadline):
    • $35 for students
    • $40 for others
  • Until 20 March 2012 (Late Deadline)
    • $45 for students
    • $50 for others
  • Until 1 May 2012 (Extended Deadline)
    • $55 for students
    • $60 for others