We’re celebrating our 21st Anniversary as the oldest independent film festival in Washington, DC. Throughout 2020, we placed the spotlight on the incredible talent of our alumni, the craft of independent filmmaking, and DC’s rise as a national center for film. Since 1999, DCIFF has been nurturing filmmakers and their films, and keeping the independent spirit alive in our nation’s capitol. We have showcased cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. As a competitive festival, all films are Washington DC premieres and many are U.S. and world premieres. Through screenings, seminars, workshops and discussions with the United States Congress, DCIFF gives independent filmmakers opportunities for their voices to be heard in a way that no other festival can provide.