Thursday, February 22, 2024

Get Out! Get Out! The Cinema Calls -- it's the DC Independent Film Festival

The D.C. Independent Film Forum (DCIFF) will mark its 25th anniversary this year by showcasing 70 independent feature films, documentaries, shorts, and animated films. The festival will also host a special event to honor one of the greats of documentary filmmaking.

The festival will take place from Wednesday, February 21 to Sunday, February 25, at various theaters across Washington.

This year, the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) is paying tribute to 
André Singer, a renowned documentary filmmaker. The festival will feature a special invite-only preview screening of his latest film, "Meeting Zelensky," at Landmark's E Street Cinema on Wednesday, February 21 and Sunday, February 25 at 12:15 PM to the public. The preview will be followed by a panel discussion.

We will also be featuring an additional documentary of his, WHERE THE WIND BLEW, on Friday, February 23rd at 5:30 pm at JxJ - Washington in Cafritz Hall. There will also be a panel discussion featuring director Andre Singer, Justin Ahasteen, executive director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office and Cheryl L. Reed, author, journalist, and professor.

After each film screening, you'll have the chance to participate in interactive Q&A sessions with the talented filmmakers, cast, crew, and industry experts. But that's not all - we have a bunch of other fun activities planned too! There will be panels, workshops, and pop-up events throughout the forum that will cover a wide range of topics, like animation and even a masterclass with the honoree to discuss his 50 years in documentary filmmaking!

The director of WOLFPACK, Cédric Peyster – Le Roux, will showcase his gripping tale that unfolds in a future where the youth hunt the older generations at night, putting 50-year-old Matthieu in a fight for survival. The film and Q&A with the director will be held on Friday, February 23 at 9 PM at the Regal Gallery Place Theater. Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite.

To top it off, there will be live dance performances by the cast of a TENS ACROSS THE BOARD to really celebrate the occasion on Saturday, February 24 at 7:20 PM. They are championed by Black and brown LGBTQ artists in dance, music and fashion, the St. Louis ballroom community.

The Way It Was: PARIS RESTAURANTS IN THE 1970'S screening on Sunday, February 25 at 4 PM and 5:45 PM, we're bringing in a local French chef and his wife, a French food blogger. Anina Belle Giannini is author of the very popular Le Chefs Wife blog and her husband is Sébastien Giannini who is about to become a partner at L'Avant-Garde in Georgetown. They'll be giving a simple demonstration followed by a wine tasting - sounds pretty good, right? 

On the closing night of the festival, there will be a Q&A session with DCIFF Founder, Carol Bidault de l'Isle, and Executive Director, Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, who will also give closing remarks. You can find a complete schedule of programming for DCIFF is 
available here.

You won't want to miss out on the excitement of DCIFF's milestone anniversary! Get your tickets for 
individual screenings, or take advantage of our event passes, through Eventbrite. Exclusively on FilmFreeway, you can get tickets to film screenings with limited availability.

To learn more, visit and stay up-to-date with the latest festival news and updates. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and TikTok, and be part of the action by using the hashtag #DCIFF2024.

Join us for an unforgettable experience - see you there!

DC Independent Film Festival
The "Get Out" event of the week is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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