FUTURE ARCHIVES is an ongoing community film series in the Washington D.C.-metro area that showcases remarkable independent and global cinema. Future Archives offers the public the rare opportunity to see films with no or limited distribution within the United States. Films will be screened at the coffeehouse cinema, KINO.

Films about or produced within the former Soviet Union countries that challenge stereotypes and/or educate about these regions are strongly encouraged to apply.

All films must be in English or with English subtitles where dialogue present. There is no limitation on when films are produced or which genre; however, films can only be submitted for consideration once unless substantially modified. Please include plot synopsis and year of completion with submission.

Films will be screened from digital files only - no DVDs or other formats will be used for the programs.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance and screening date will be scheduled at the organizers' discretion within 1-3 months.

Films will be presented via digital files or from DVD/Blu-ray. Films produced after 2005 MUST be available for presentation in a high-definition 720p format. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file for exhibition, please DO NOT SUBMIT your film.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements. Neither the film series nor its organizers investigate or certifies to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. Upon submitting, you certify that you have secured all necessary rights and/or, for documentaries, comply with accepted fair use guidelines of any copyright material.

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Future Archives does not accept liability or responsibility for any violations.

Overall Rating
  • Enjoyed being a part of their festival this year!

    January 2022
  • I am not sure, when the festival took place and whether or not my film was screened. There was no messages coming from the festival after the screening was supposed to take place, so in this sense I don't really know what to say about the festival other than this.

    June 2021
  • ling gu

    Proud to be a part of this festival, our film got selected, and I'm honoured!!!

    March 2021
  • Proud to be a part of this festival, our film got selected, and I'm honoured!!!

    September 2020
  • Приятный и душевный фестиваль. Спасибо организаторам!

    September 2020