about the festival
The Lighter Side – Politics Isn't The Only Funny Thing in Washington!
People in every culture find time to laugh and smile and Filmfest DC is reprising this popular series initiated last year. Comedies do more than just entertain and delight. They offer intelligent and sometimes critical views of the inner workings of any given culture, from it oldest customs to its most taboo subjects. Humor varies from one culture to the next, and it is impossible to uniformly characterize international comedies as one and the same. Thus, in this series we explore how comedy is used to glean a greater sense of the human circumstances that have inspired the various points of view that make up the landscape of international cinema. If the language of cinema is universal, then laughter is our common vocabulary.
The comedy film selections are:
Trust No One – Espionage, Crime, & Thrillers
Who done it? - Good guys vs. bad guys (or girls) - Will she escape? - The heist – Mystery - Suspense - Conspiracy – Betrayal. It's probably best to trust no one. Unlike Hollywood eye candy driven by loud explosion and endless sequels, our Trust No One focus offers engaging plots in atmospherics locations with fascinating characters which fuel the excitement in Filmfest DC's selection of international thrillers and crime dramas. This is edge of your seat movie fun.
The Trust No One film selections are:
Sister Cities Through the Lens
Filmfest DC joins the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities in celebrating Washington’s Sister Cities Program by presenting a series focusing on new films from three international capitals – Beijing, Paris and Taiwan. Seen through the lens’ of native filmmakers, each of these cities teems with liveliness and urban trend, just like the District of Columbia. What better way to become familiar with our Sister Cities than from the perspectives of those who live there and observe their dynamic vitality?
Films selected for the Sister Cities Through the Lens series are:
When an individual or group has been treated unfairly, filmmakers use their craft to make us aware and, hence, call us into action. The Justice Matters focus within Filmfest DC highlights this tradition of using film to expand understanding of social justice issues.
We want to thank the CrossCurrent Foundation, for their support in helping to make this series possible.
The films selected for this years Justice Matter Award are:
The Award Jury consists of:
Green Screen at Filmfest DC
Union Station in Washington, D.C. is hosting Earth Month 2013, scheduled for April 1 through April 30. Presented by the Earth Day Network and the Premier Tourist and Landmark Association, this month-long event will feature interactive, eco-friendly experiences designed to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. Filmfest DC is presenting the following FREE programs as part of Earth Month:
Best of the D.C. Web Series
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 PM at NYU Abramson Auditorium, FREE
A new Internet-based art form, the web series, is changing the film industry and making its festival debut in the Nation's Capitol. The web series is a young art form and consists of a series of web-based videos that are shorter than feature-length films. The web series format has been gaining in popularity among independent filmmakers and viewers. We have asked D.C. based new media company 20/20 Productions to showcase some of the best web series programs produced in the Washington area and to present a panel discussing the dynamics and potential of the web series. Films will include the award-winning Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden.
The Impact Project
Many independent filmmakers passionately focus on telling stories that spotlight issues of social justice. In recognition of their creators' commitment to share these important themes to the broadest possible public, the social justice films will be the focus of a special initiative to bring these works to a wider audience in our area.
In addition to the films' festival screenings, the project includes a series of programs and presentations designed for students and community groups. The Filmfest DC website offers thought-provoking resources about the films and the issues they explore.
This project is conceived and directed by Linda Blackaby, Filmfest DC's senior programming consultant.