District Cinema aims to screen and premiere short films created by students studying in the DMV area. We hope to give students in the capital area an artistic drive and voice that inspires creativity and excellent storytelling. Hosted at American University, we accept films of all genres and curate based off of entries. (Note: due to COVID, we may have to move our event date, or we may have to move the entire event online. Stay tuned for announcements.)

Website currently under construction.

Categories (submit film to specific category):

Best Fiction
Best Experimental
Best Nonfiction

Finalists in each category will be screened at the festival and awarded "Finalist" laurels! One overall winner will receive a "Winner" laurel!

In addition, all films submitted will be considered for the following:

Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Directing

Winners in these categories will be screened and receive a "Winner" laurel!

Submitted films regulations:

-Under 30 minutes

-Directed or produced by a student enrolled in or just graduated from (during Winter 2020, Spring 2021, or Winter 2021) a college or university in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) area.

-Made within the last 24 months (and while a student)

-Max of 2 submissions per category

-We encourage subtitles


Overall Rating
  • District Cinema is a great festival put on by American University's DKA chapter. The students are passionate and dedicated, and really make the whole experience worthwhile.

    I hope to see it grow in success as COVID restrictions lift.

    April 2021