Filmfest DC Thurs, April 15 through Sunday, April 25

Filmfest DC, Washington’s longest running and most prestigious film festival, is set to kickoff April 15 with eleven days of the best in new international cinema.

This year the festival will feature provocative Italian films and cutting edge work from Romania, the hottest spot on the international cinema scene. Fans can also look forward to “The Tango Singer” (Argentina), “Hipsters” (Russia), “Medal of Honor” (Romania), “Heliopolis” (Egypt), “Will You Marry Us” (Switzerland), “25 Carats” (Spain) and scores of other international award winning films. Now celebrating its 24th year, Filmfest DC presents over 80 feature premieres, restored classics, shorts and special events in an enjoyable atmosphere for movie lovers. New this year is the Social Justice Award. The festival’s audience is widely diverse, curious and knowledgeable and Filmfest DC has developed into one of the city’s major cultural events.

As seen in the WAMU Calendar.

Filmfest DC April 15 – 25

Tickets now on sale!

The 24th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival is set to kickoff April 15 with eleven days of the best and most exciting in new international cinema.

Look for our 24-page catalog in The Washington Post on Friday, April 9, and our centerfold ads in The Washington City Paper on April 1 and April 15.

Opening Night

The Filmfest DC Opening Night Gala will take place on Thursday, April 15 starting at 7:00 PM, at AMC Mazza Gallerie with a party immediately following at the Gallerie Atrium. There will be live music, dancing, food and Champagne. Plans are underway for a festive, entertaining and memorable evening!

Our opening night film premiere will be Hipsters, a vibrant musical from Russia, which takes place in the 50s. Hipsters has been described as Swing Kids meets Hairspray, bursting with razzle, dazzle and rhythm. The music and the dancing in the film is spectacular, beautifully and intricately choreographed, and bursting with color. Hipsters has been collecting prizes at film festivals worldwide, including the prize for best film at the Russian Nika Awards (equivalent to our Academy Awards).

Opening Night Gala entertainment will feature dance performances by Flying Feet and live dancing music by the Grandsons during the Gala.

Tickets are $40.00 per person for the film and Gala Party, and are now on sale through

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