DC Shorts 2016 Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Showcase 7: "Express Yourself"

This showcase runs approximately 120 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers. Due to the adult nature of some of these films, this showcase is appropriate for ages 18+.

2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

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Sing for your Supper

ComedySci-Fi • United States • 15 minutes

In a totalitarian world where one only eats as well as they can sing, a man must overcome his bout of laryngitis if he ever wants to eat again.

The Real American

ComedyDrama • United States • 13 minutes

Fresh off-the-boat, Soviet exchange student Alya boldly faces off with cultural differences as she celebrates her 17th birthday in 1994.

Mast Qalandar

Drama • United Kingdom, India • 15 minutes

Montek is a Sikh Boy who is about to turn thirteen but he doesn’t want to tell his mother what he wants for his birthday.

A Done Deal

Comedy • Canada • 10 minutes

Remy, a hitman for a small-time Montreal mobster, has to kill Fernand, an old associate who talks too much.


Drama • Austria • 16 minutes

On the morning after a night out at the disco, 18 year old Michael has to go hunting with his father where their fundamental differences come to light.

Poem to Go

Documentary • United States • 7 minutes

Street poet Lynn Gentry writes poems on a typewriter for passers-by on a street corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque

AnimationComedy • Spain • 8 minutes

Four decades after Carl Sagan created the “Pioneer Plaque” as Humanity’s first message to extraterrestrial civilizations, the World gets together to collectively compose a new message.


Animation • Switzerland, France • 6 minutes

A girl falls in love with a boxer she can never hope to meet; but will the letter-birds change her destiny?

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