DC Shorts Film Festival
DC Shorts, the annual festival celebrating the medium of short film (motto: “If it’s terrible, at least it will be over soon!”) (that is not actually the motto), is returning for a 15th year. As always, nearly every genre is represented, and there’s a special emphasis on films by women, people of color, LGBT people and other often-marginalized groups. The shorts are organized into 18 showcases, many of which will be followed by a Q&A session. The festival also features a screenplay competition, in which six writers present their scripts at table readings, audiences vote for the best and the winner gets $2,000 to shoot his or her film for next year’s festival. If you don’t want to leave your comfy couch, an online option lets you watch every film at home.
Various locations; Thu. through Sept. 16, various times, free to $15 for individual showcases, $125 for all-access pass, $30 for online access. Go to festival.dcshorts.com for details.