Tony Gittens, Festival Director &
Shirin Ghareeb, Deputy Director
(Photo by Chad Evans Wyatt)
Washington, D.C., is a serious place. It's a city where we spend more time watching CNN than "The Voice," where international policy is the topic at happy hours, and where Democrats sit on one side of the dinner table and Republicans sit on the other. This year's Filmfest DC is here to loosen things up. Our Opening Night feature is a hilarious Swiss comedy and our Closing Night film finds a man facing endless twists and turns when his DNA test reveals that he has no genetic connection to his own father. In our Trust No One series, we have gathered eight clever international thrillers that will keep you wondering until the very end. Cine Latino is this year's special section of always-dependable dramas and comedies.
Every year, it is our privilege to welcome residents and visitors from around the globe to the amazing experience of great films and good times for which Filmfest DC is known. The festival has become a prominent venue for recognized filmmakers to show their work and for new voices to express themselves. Filmfest DC is one of Washington's signature cultural events.
Although it is international in scope, the festival is also local in flavor. We could not have achieved all that we have without our staff and volunteers, all of whom devote an extraordinary amount of their time, energy, and enthusiasm. Filmfest DC is built on the passion, dedication, and expertise of our friends and partners and on the generosity of our board, donors, sponsors, and other supporters.
Good movies make the world a better (and much more fun) place. We invite you to join Filmfest DC in this annual adventure. We are very pleased to bid you welcome.
Founder and Director
Washington, DC International Film Festival