DC Shorts 2016 Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Showcase 8: "Overcoming Oppression"

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+.

2:30 PM — 4:30 PM

5:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Click Here to Get Tickets


Comedy • Australia • 6 minutes

At a school reunion, our socially awkward hero must win the girl of his Middle School dreams through a balloon battle with his old bully and school nemesis.

Breaker Breaker

ComedyDrama • United States • 10 minutes

An eccentric police officer patrols a remote hiking trail in hopes of making a new friend… but is he who he appears to be?


Drama • Kyrgyzstan • 14 minutes

Young Seide loses her childhood and her beloved horse when faced with an arranged marriage.

Red Folder

Drama • United States • 10 minutes

14-year-old Joseph sets out to find his teacher’s red folder only to discover the unsettling futility and implications of his task.


Drama • United States • 12 minutes

Nina, an 8 year-old outcast girl with albinism, finds herself the target of a jealous classmate’s witch hunt.

The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

Drama • United States • 16 minutes

At the integration of the job market in 1964 Louisiana, a posting for a janitorial position at a local law firm and the discovery of an old sewing machine ignites a buried passion in old Bellamy…

Out of the Bag

Documentary • United States • 14 minutes

Artists are re-appropriating the surplus of single-use plastic bags to create artworks with varying intentions: from raising environmental awareness, to expressing the conflict of personal emotions.

Cry of the Fox

Animation • United States • 5 minutes

A boy tries to save a baby fox from two bullies who upset a threatening presence in the forest.

Proud to partner with