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DC Independent Film Festival

March 6-10, 2013

Washington DC

What’s It All About?

As the oldest independent film festival in Washington, the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) has a history of presenting some extraordinary films which include cutting-edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable.By exhibiting world premiere screenings, hosting seminars and workshops, and even sponsoring 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.

Watch Out For!

This year, there will be panel discussions, seminars and sessions on filmmaking. The seminars will be kick-started by a session on Entertainment Law For Film & Video on March 9. This will be followed by a session on Casting, and topics like Cinematography and Film Financing And Tax Incentives. There will also be a Masterclass on acting by Emmy Award-winning actor Blake Berris and a day later by actress Q’Orianka Kilcher.

The DCIFF also boasts an exciting line-up, which includes an eclectic mix of features, documentaries, shorts and animation and experimental films.


World Premieres of Meth Head, a film by Jane Clark; and Normal directed by Nicholas Richards

The feature section will include the DC premiere, East Coast premieres and the US Premiere.

DC Premiere

• Baromas

Directed by Dhiraj MeshramBased on the award-winning novel by Sadanand Deshmukh, this film visits rural India and the issues of corruption, unemployment and farmers’ suicides amid harsh socio-economic conditions. It’s a story of hope and determination as two brothers, both educated and jobless, take on the system in entirely contrasting ways.

• Shouting Secrets

Directed by Korinna SehringerA successful Native American writer whose novel was sold out. His family finds himself pulled back home to the San Carlos Apache reservation. A story about a Native-American family with unique struggles yet universal truths and a film with a stellar Native-American cast – Chaske Spencer, Gil Birmingham, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tyler Christopher, Tantoo Cardinal and Rodney A Grant.

East Coast Premiere

• Boys Are Us

Directed by Peter Luisi

After 16-year-old Mia gets hurt in love, she and her sister decide to take revenge on the boy. When other people and unexpected feelings start getting involved, the game of the two girls suddenly begins to take on dangerous proportions.

• Camera Shy

Directed by Mark Sawers

A dark comedy about a corrupt city councilman (Nicolas Wright) whose life spins out of control after a mysterious cameraman begins terrorising him.

• The First Winter

Directed by Ryan Mc Kenna

Offbeat and deadpan, this is a bitter-sweet tale about a young man in Portugal who, having impregnated a vacationing Canadian, must face the inhospitable Canadian landscape and its hopeless denizens when he emigrates to join her.

US Premiere

• Hard Shoulder

Directed by Nicholas David LeanWhen Carl (Wil Johnson) reluctantly agrees to a strained weekend away with his family, a trip to the remote Welsh moors becomes a horrific fight for survival as a convoy of carnival travellers violently forces the family off the road.

• Oros (The Coinbearer)

Directed by Paul Sta Ana

A gritty, gripping story unfolds in a Philippine slum, where even death becomes a provider as people exploit the dead to survive by holding sakla (illegal gambling) at staged wakes.

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