DC Shorts Film Festival Reviews: Showcases 1 to 4

09/05/2012 03:48 pm ET
Courtesy of the DC Shorts Film Festival

WASHINGTON -- The ninth edition of the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition starts this week and runs through Sept. 16. The 10-day celebration will feature 140 films over the duration of the festival.

The first four programs begin Thursday with screenings at E Street Cinema and U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center. We've reviewed each of the shorts, rated them out of 10 and averaged our overall score.

Each showcase features some excellent under 20-minute adventures in animation, documentary and surreal circumstance. Each showcase also features duds.

Showcase 1

Overall score
5.6 out of 10

Showtimes
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at E Street Cinema
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 12 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at E Street Cinema

Click through to read reviews of the nine shorts.

DC Shorts Film Festival Showcase 1

Showcase 2

Overall score
3.9 out of 10

Showtimes
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at E Street Cinema
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. at E Street Cinema

Click through to read reviews of the nine shorts

DC Shorts Film Festival Showcase 2

Showcase 3

Overall score
5.6 out of 10

Showtimes
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. at E Street Cinema

Click through to read reviews of the eight shorts

DC Shorts Film Festival Showcase 3

Showcase 4

Overall score
6.6 out of 10

Showtimes
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m., followed by a Q&A, at U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at E Street Cinema
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at E Street Cinema

Click through to read reviews of the nine shorts

DC Shorts Film Festival Showcase 4

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