DC Shorts 2016 Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Showcase 9: "Blood is Thicker Than Water"

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+.

4:30 PM — 6:30 PM

9:00 PM — 11:00 PM

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Drama • Australia, Japan • 10 minutes

The story of a father and a son overcoming a death with their love and cultural identity firmly squeezed into a Japanese riceball.


Drama • Cyprus, Greece • 13 minutes

11-year-old Semele will do anything to spend time with her long-absent father, and a note from school becomes just the excuse she needs to see him.

Second Words

Drama • United States • 11 minutes

An aging farmer tries to cook his late wife’s beloved meatloaf when a mysterious young woman threatens to upend his memories.


Drama • Luxembourg • 9 minutes

An aging prostitute working in a lovemobile on the German-Luxembourgish border is rescued from a brutal rape by a young man whose intentions are unclear to her.

Out of the Village

Drama • Ghana • 17 minutes

The social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and his sister.


Drama • United States • 16 minutes

A day in the life of 7-years-old Jada, a runaway who lives alone on Venice Beach, and the man who is searching for her.

The Bathtub

ComedyDrama • Austria • 13 minutes

Three brothers try to recreate a childhood memory through an old family picture in the bathtub.

Her & Me

Documentary • United States • 15 minutes

A film about a set of identical twin sisters living identical lives.

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