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28 August 2019

DC Shorts International Film Festival has announced the lineup for their 16th annual short film festival held in September. Included in their list of 156 selections from 36 countries are 7 Dutch short films. The films will be presented in Official Selection and several Special Interest Showcases with themes like horror, avant garde and LGBTQ.

Marc Wagenaar's graduation film for the NFA Dante vs. Mohammed Ali has been selected for the festival's Cinema 10% LGBTQ showcase. The film tells the story of twenty-year-old Wolf, a boxer, who's feelings and emotions are brought to a boiling point when a rematch is confirmed after he refuses to fight against his best friend Alexander. Another film that has been selected in the showcase is Father Figure (produced by IJswater Films), directed by Bibi Fadlalla. This poetic collage film expresses the personal stories of The Kiki House of Angels, a Voguing community in Rotterdam.

The Summer and All the Rest (produced by IJswater Films), directed by Sven Bresser, will be presented in the Haute House showcase. The film is about Marc-Antoine, who's struggling with the change that has slipped unwillingly onto his perfect island life when most of his friends have left for the mainland.

Jan Verdijk's WILD (produced by The Rogues) will be shown in the Lurking in the Dark showcase. The horror/comedy is about a father whose wife and son turn against him when he misbehaves during a weekend-holiday.

Other official selections include Sander Burger's Don't Go to Sea (produced by BIND), about a lonely childless man who finds a balloon with a card attached and seizes the opportunity to pass his hard-earned life lessons to its toddler owner, Hetty de Kruijf's Nothing to Declare (produced by BIND), about three strangers sharing their stories with each other while stuck in the back of a truck after fleeing their homes and David Verbeek's Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains (produced by Deepfocus Webdocs), a short documentary about the struggles that Chinese rappers face after new censorship is announced.

The 16th DC Shorts International Film Festival will be held from 19 - 28 September in Washington D.C.

For more information: festival.dcshorts.com

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