About the 2021 Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival
Now in its 35th year, The Washington, DC International Film Festival brings the finest in contemporary world cinema to the nation's capital. Over the years, the festival has introduced over 1,000 feature and short films from over 55 countries to an ever-growing audience.
Filmfest DC is an 11-day annual festival presenting more than 60 feature premieres, restored classics, and special events to the general public. The majority of Filmfest DC presentations are Washington, DC premieres. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will present over 50 films online, allowing you to enjoy great films from the comfort of your own home.
Each year we have grown in prestige and international recognition. Our films and talent are highlighted prominently in the national media, with features in Variety, The New York Times, The Washington Post and on Entertainment Tonight and CNN. NBC4 is our Official TV Station and NPR's WAMU 88.5 FM is our Official Radio Station.
Audience attendance totals over 16,000 every year.
An audience survey conducted recently illustrated that the majority of our audience are 18 to 49 year old individuals who tend to be educated, well-read, exposed to current events, well-traveled, higher income professionals.
Filmfest DC hosts over 20 guest film directors and stars each year. Guests have included the legendary Bollywood movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, considered by many to be the most famous actor in the world, Morgan Freeman, Sigourney Weaver, Kelly McGillis, Sydney Pollack, Arthur Hiller, Shirley Horn, Charlize Theron, Cicely Tyson, Eliseo Subiela, Peter Bogdanovich, John Malkovich, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Edward James Olmos, Peter Chelsom, Genevieve Bujold, Oliver Platt, Alan Rudolph, Lina Wertmüller, Damien O'Connell, Donald Bogle, Robert Young, Alan Taylor and many, many more.
Festival programming consists of special opening and closing night events, as well as panels, workshops and Q&A sessions in theatres. Film programming consists of fiction, documentaries, animation and family & kids programs.
The festival is a District-wide event, bringing together the city's film community in a spirit of cooperation and celebration. It is one of the longest running major cultural events in Washington, DC and credited with thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining programming. The Filmfest DC community includes the University of the District of Columbia, The National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Film Society, Landmark's E Street Cinema, Goethe-Institut Washington, and Embassy of France.