Tickets went on sale today for the upcoming Washington, DC International Film Festival (aka Filmfest DC), which returns to the nation’s capital from April 11 – 21, 2013.
Now in its 27th year, FilmFest DC differentiates itself from the city’s myriad other film festivals by bringing examples of excellence from around the globe to present their DC premieres and providing the opportunity to meet internationally renowned directors who will attend the festival to present and discuss their work.
Among this year’s program of more than 80 documentaries, comedies, shorts, and full length features — including the US premiere of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, a film about the formative years of WikiLeaks’ Founder — the festival also showcases series highlights, like “Trust No One: Espionage and Thrillers” and “The Lighter Side,” a series of international comedies.
Some of the films FilmFest DC Founder Tony Gittens admits he is most excited to bring to DC include Detroit Unleaded, (lead image, above) about a college graduate compelled to change his life plan and take over the family business after his Father’s death; Oscar-Nominated Kon Tiki; a documentary about tennis superstar sisters Venus & Serena; Checkmate, an edge-of-your-seat suspense about a game show host who has to deal with hostage demands on air as his family is taken; and Frankenstein’s Theory, the only film in the festival by a local filmmaker.
Other award-winning confirmed films include:
|Laurence Anyways (Canada)||Best Actress Award, Cannes Film Festival|
|In the Shadow (Czech Republic)||Entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Oscars|
|A Hijacking (Denmark)||Audience Award, AFI Fest’s New Auteurs Program|
|In the House (France)||FIPRESCI Prize, Toronto International Film Festival|
|The Deep (Iceland)||Entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Oscars|