Tony Gittens, Festival Director &
Shirin Ghareeb, Deputy Director
In 1998, Filmfest DC presented Windhorse, Paul Wagner's film about China's mistreatment of Tibetan citizens. The Chinese government tried to convince us not to show it. We replied, "No, we will not be bullied into political censorship." A The Washington Post editorial acknowledged festival leaders for their "artistic backbone." In 1999, The Washington Post wrote, "...The festival has grown into a respected player in the rarefied world of movie celebrations..." And last year, Washington City Paper said, "Filmfest DC promises to deliver a true festival experience, creating an inclusivity that filmgoers will feel beyond opening and closing night galas." We believe Filmfest DC has made a difference.
Movie stars like Charlize Theron, John Malkovich, Peter Bogdanovich, Gabriel Byrne, Amitabh Bachchan (India's biggest movie star), Morgan Freeman, Cicely Tyson, Sydney Pollack, Oliver Platt, Edward James Olmos, Kelly McGillis, and others have attended Filmfest DC and interacted with our audience.
A 30th anniversary is an opportunity to appreciate all that's been accomplished. No organization flourishes this long without the assistance of many generous people. We are more appreciative than ever for the contributions of our board, sponsors, patrons, volunteers, businesses, and diplomatic community. Thank you!
It has truly been a gift to create and share this platform for celebrating the works of the world's filmmakers, both established masters and young talent. With passion, humor, and integrity, they bring their stories to our festival. Filmfest DC is a place where you can come see great movies.
Founder and Director
Washington, DC International Film Festival
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