DC Shorts Film Festival at Landmark Theater

DC Shorts Film Festival at Landmark Theater

Friday, Sep 20, 2019 at 12:00pm


Schedule of Events

Workshops at Landmark Theater
DC Shorts is proud to present seminars for filmmakers of all levels. All are Free, but require registration.

12:00pm to 2:00pm: Screenwriting
George Andre Tittle, working director/ screenwriter, A former assistant to Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson, and a finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
You've written a solid screenplay. You've won a couple of script competitions. You're even talking to producers. But you still haven't sold anything. Learn A-list techniques that will elevate your writing, engage readers, and impact audiences. Topics will include compression, misdirection, restrictive point of view, foreshadowing, visual storytelling, and advanced techniques for writing description and dialogue that will leap off the page—and launch your career.

12:30 - Entertainment Law for Filmmakers
12:30pm to 1:30pm: Entertainment Law 101 For Filmmakers
Brian Frankel & John Mason, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Attorneys Brian Frankel and John Mason of WALA will provide an overview of key legal concepts for filmmakers, including copyright, trademark, work for hire agreements, funding, business organizations and more. There will be time for some brief Q&A.

1:30pm to 3:00pm; Wala Drop-In Legal Clinic
Sandra Aistars & Maggie Gladson, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (waladc.org)
Questions about filmmaking and the law? Drop by for a conversation with WALA Board Member Sandra Aistars, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, and Legal Services Director Maggie Gladson, accompanied by students of the GMU Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic.

2:00pm to 4:00pm: Sound For Indies: Budgeting & Best Practices
Mike Panfeld, Location Sound Mixer
Sound is one of the most important aspects of any film. Join Mike Panfeld as he discusses finding the right balance between budget limitations and best practices to achieve stellar audio for your indie film.is one of the most important aspects of any film. Join Mike Panfeld as he discusses finding the right balance between budget limitations and best practices to achieve stellar audio for your indie film.

4:00pm to 6:00pm: Directing: Advanced Directing Techniques
George Andre Tittle
What do professional directors do that no one taught you in film school? In this workshop you will learn many advanced techniques used by working directors—techniques that will immediately elevate your work. You don't need a big budget or the latest 8K camera. It's about understanding what's happening in each scene, and choosing where you position the camera and every element in the frame to express it. Topics will include script analysis, the value of rehearsal, the actor-director relationship, point of view, how to develop a shooting plan, and developing a visual strategy.

6:30 - Showcase 1 at Landmark's E Street Cinema A

Washed Away
Drama, United States, 12 Minutes
A teenage girl in an evangelical church youth group must deal with the fallout when her trust is publicly betrayed.

The Gospel Of Combat
Documentary, United States, 12 Minutes
Threatened by the violent aftermath of Kenya's 2017 elections, a fledgling Aikido sensei ponders whether his martial art can heal old wounds.

Hors Piste
Animation, Comedy, France, 6 Minutes
The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned…

Guy Proposes To His Girlfriend On A Mountain
Comedy, Romance, Austria, 13 Minutes
Captured with a mobile phone, we see a group of three friends gathering at a ski lodge. Daniel is about to propose to his girlfriend and his friend films the whole thing to remember the best day of their lives.

Get Ready With Me
Thriller, Sweden, 29 Minutes
Aspiring Youtuber Vendela decides to get up in front of her high school class and show a disturbing video that disrupts the lesson and causes her teacher Lukas to fear for her life. Get Ready With Me is a refreshingly unpredictable thriller that combines grim satire with the current urgencies of teen angst, social media and fame.

Don't Go To Sea
Drama, Netherlands, 7 Minutes
When a lonely, childless man finds a balloon with a card attached to it, he grabs his chance to transfer his difficult life lessons to the unknown toddler from whom the balloon came.

Drama, United Kingdom, 14 Minutes
An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event

Cost: General Admsission $15.00, All Access VIP Pass $140.00

9:00 - Showcase 3 at Landmark's E Street Cinema A

Wild Love
Animation, Comedy, Horror/Suspense, France, 7 Minutes
While on a romantic getaway, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime won't remain unpunished.

Tight Spot
Comedy, Switzerland, 4 Minutes
Shining the shoes of a walk-in customer, a shiner discovers his client's dark secret.

Comedy, Horror/Suspense, United States, 8 Minutes
A run-of-the-mill camper massacre quickly takes a surprising turn, when an insecure pig-masked killer confides in his evil comrades about his struggles with his weight problems.

Drama, Horror/Suspense, Canada, 9 Minutes
On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.

Documentary, Mexico, 16 Minutes
Tultepec, Mexico – a town famous for its pyrotechnics industry. An explosive portrait of the lives of artisans and their families in the lead up to the festival of San Juan de Dios, when blazing revelry engulfs the town.

Demand Curve
Comedy, United States, 11 Minutes
Offended by his kidnappers' low demands, a university professor uses basic economics to increase his ransom and get in on the action.

Drama, Spain, 15 Minutes
A war. A child. A dream.

Fantasy, Horror/Suspense, France, 18 Minutes
A disturbing cloud takes shape somewhere in the west. It slowly goes toward the center of the country, throwing the population on the roads. In view of the inexorable arrival of the cloud, there is global panic. This cumulus is acid.

Cost: General Admsission $15.00, All Access VIP Pass $140.00

7:00 - Showcase 2 at E Street Cinema - Theater B

Waiting For Fukushima
Documentary, United Kingdom, 12 Minutes
Seven years after one of the most catastrophic natural and nuclear disasters in history, Fukushima pushes past the headlines and the forgotten survivors work to return home.

The Christmas Gift
Comedy, Drama, Romania, 23 Minutes
On the 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a father's quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father's desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

Drama, Romance, Germany, 11 Minutes
For Charlotte it is like any other Sunday, until the doorbell rings and a stranger surprises her with an exceptional demand.

Lost & Found
Animation, Drama, Australia, 7 Minutes
A bumbling knitted dinosaur must unravel himself to save the love of his life.

Comedy, Drama, United States, 8 Minutes
A man comes to grips with the fate of his sick cat, the only way he knows how.

Girl Falling
Drama, Romance, Australia, 26 Minutes
Sarah is a shy and innocent teen from a small country town. A hopeless romantic, she is the only one of her friends who still remains a virgin, awaiting true love. But when seventeen-year-old bad boy Ben rolls into town and invites her to a party, she might just have her chance.

Cost: General Admsission $15.00, All Access VIP Pass $140.00

9:30 - Showcase 4 at E Street Cinema - Theater B

Comedy, Horror/Suspense, Netherlands, 11 Minutes
When a father misbehaves during a weekend-holiday, his surroundings will make him feel very unwelcome, while his wife and son turn against him.

Suicide By Sunlight
Horror/Suspense, United States, 17 Minutes
Valentina, a day-walking black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.

Pie In The Puss: A Brief History Of Pieing In Film
Comedy, Documentary, United States, 9 Minutes
The pie in the face. The pie toss. The ultimate pie fight. Apple, pumpkin, or chocolate –– pies have played an important role in decades of film history. This film traces that history.

Horror/Suspense, Thriller, Belgium, 20 Minutes
Richard has an unusual fantasy: he is sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten by an animal or monster. Through a personal ad he meets the mysterious Max and with that encounter the chance to fulfill his depraved fantasy. Can Richard escape his dark desires or not?

Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi, United States, 10 Minutes
My dog had a dream and told me about it. I made a movie about that dream. This is that movie.

Horror/Suspense, Spain, 14 Minutes
Sara is an overweight teen that lives in the shadow of a clique of cool girls holidaying in her village. Not even her childhood friend, Claudia, defends her when she's bullied at the local pool in front of an unknown man. Her clothes are stolen and Sara must get home wearing nothing but her bikini. The long walk home will mark the rest of her life.

Bad Dreams
Horror/Suspense, United Kingdom, 9 Minutes
A boy in bed is haunted by the ‘thing' in his cellar. As a man, he decides to confront his guest locked downstairs.

Cost: General Admsission $15.00, All Access VIP Pass $140.00

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