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Filmfest DC returns April 20-30, 2017

80 films • 45 countries • 11 days • 1 exciting festival

New screening: The Stuff of Dreams

An additional screening of The Stuff of Dreams has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 PM at AMC Mazza Gallerie.

Filmfest DC Keeps Pace With Political and Social Issues

This year's Filmfest DC opening feature was This is Our Land about the rise of populist politics in France, drawing comparison to similar events in the US. This weekend, far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen came in second in France's presidential election, forcing a runoff. This is an example of how Filmfest DC continues to have its finger on the pulse of timely world events and concerns. Filmfest's upcoming screenings of Last Men in Aleppo about the situation in Syria, Backpack Full of Cash about charter schools vs. quality public education, and All Governments Lie about the need for a free and independent press, further illustrate how the film festival has kept pace with today's political and social trends. "This is why this film festival is so amazing," said Ken Grossinger, Chairman of the CrossCurrents Foundation that supports Filmfest DC's Justice Matters section. "Its programming is often ahead of the curve and keeps us aware of salient social issues."

Closing Night: Lost in Paris

Sunday, April 30, 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM - Embassy of France
Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (France)

This charming and whimsical comedy centers on Fiona, a small town librarian whose life is upturned when her 93-year-old Aunt Martha goes missing in Paris. In her hilariously disastrous search, Fiona meets Dom, the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. LOST IN PARIS is a wonderfully fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.

Tickets are $25 - Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM



Meet our special guests, Q&A after screenings

Monday, April 24


The Stuff of Dreams

Tuesday, April 25

Wednesday, April 26


Short Cuts 2

  • Director Leah Varjacques (Ilse): Short Cuts 2 (Canada, France, Hungary, Nigeria, USA, Sweden)

Thursday, April 27

  • Director Sarah Mondale and Co-Producer Vera Aronow: Backpack Full of Cash (USA)
  • Qursum Qasim, global gender specialist managing women's economic empowerment programs in the South Asia and Africa regions: A Wedding (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Pakistan)
  • Judy Richardson and Courtland Cox of the SNCC Legacy Project: Two Trains Runnin' (USA)
  • Director Hanna Maylett and Scriptwriter Daniela Hakulinen (Tomato): Short Cuts 1 (Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, USA)

Friday, April 28


The Good Postman

Saturday, April 29

  • Director Gianfranco Cabiddu: The Stuff of Dreams (Italy)
  • Director Hanna Maylett and Scriptwriter Daniela Hakulinen (Tomato): Short Cuts 1 (Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, USA)
  • Producer Kaarle Aho: The Good Postman (Finland, Bulgaria)
  • Director Leah Varjacques (Ilse): Short Cuts 2 (Canada, France, Hungary, Nigeria, USA, Sweden)
  • Director Sarah Mondale and Co-Producer Vera Aronow: Backpack Full of Cash (USA)

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