48 Hour Film Project
Now a national event, the 48 Hour Film project began in DC. The project collects teams of filmmakers who compete to make a short film about a topic selected at random at the beginning of the competition. All of the writing, shooting, editing, and soundtrack production must occur over the course of two days. The films then enter competition during a post-project screening, and the best films compete against those from other cities.
Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, DC Salon
The AIVF is a membership organization serving local and international film and videomakers—from documentarians and experimental artists to makers of narrative features. The DC branch is a valuable resource for area filmmakers. It hosts monthly seminars or speakers and provides networking and information for its members.
DC Environmental Film Festival
The DC Environmental Film Festival brings together environmentally focused documentary, animated, feature, archival, experimental, and children's films. Film subjects span the world and focus on local issues as well. Most events are free and include discussions after the screening.
DC Independent Film Festival
DCIFF is a yearly event where industry professionals and the general public can see the latest, most exciting independent films (feature, short, animation, and documentary) from the United States and from abroad. It creates an opportunity for local, national, and foreign independent filmmakers to compete in the DC area. The group also sponsors events and seminars year round.
DC Shorts is a recent addition to the many film series of the District. It sets itself apart through its focus on short film from around the world. The annual festival features independent short films by both new and established filmmakers. In addition to the three-day, annual event, DC Shorts also runs monthly DC Film Salon events as a resource for local filmmakers.
DC Underground Film Festival
This film festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to express themselves, their quirks, and their experimental film. "No longer will Washington's idea of movie making be confined to the tried and true mainstream."
Filmfest DC is the premier international film festival in the city, sponsored primarily by the DC government. Films from all over the world are brought to cinemas across the city. Directors' appearances and discussions are often accompany screenings.
Films on the Hill
Films on the Hill, a project of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, is an amateur film society dedicated exclusively to films made between the 1910s and 1950s. They show about three films per month, mostly in their original print form.
Georgetown Indy Film Festival
The Georgetown festival is an opportunity for filmmakers (including students) to present all types of work. Their motto is "no film too small, no screen too big."
Griot Cinema is DC's weekly film exhibition series for international films by or about people of color. While the content of the films vary widely, they are often themed to coordinate with other local events or festivals. The series is held at the City Museum every Sunday afternoon. The group also hosts film training workshops.
Reel Affirmations is DC's International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Over 35,000 people attend the festival, which showcases the best work by, about, and of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.
Rosebud Film and Video Festival
This is one of the few festivals in DC dedicated exclusively to local DC filmmakers. Sponsored by Arlingtion Community Television, the Rosebud competition and festival was founded in 1990 to promote the rich and diverse independent film and video community in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. All entrants must be current residents of the metro area.
Washington DC Film Society
The Washington DC Film Society is a group of enthusiastic film lovers who enjoy quality mainstream, international, and independent films. The Film Society's mission is to provide the Washington, DC community opportunities to enjoy international and independent films and to participate in meaningful discussions about the culture of film. They also actively support local, independent film.
Washington Jewish Film Festival
The Washington Jewish Film Festival is committed to reclaiming the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part of the Jewish cultural legacy and to addressing moral questions and concerns of the DC community. The films bring audiences a potpourri of drama, archival footage, new views, documentaries, and student work, depicting Jewish life around the world. The group collaborates with many local institutions and other DC film festivals to help explore the common issues and concerns throughout many audiences within the community.
Washington Psychotronic Film Society
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society is dedicated to the the appreciation and defense of: Independent, cutting-edge, student, experimental, anime, off-beat, underground, obscure, super-8, low-budget, classic, forgotten, must-see, and just about anything on film. Basically, it's a group that likes to show bizarre, B movies in public places. Every other Tuesday, they have a screening in the District at Stetson's Famous Bar and Grill.