Filmfest DC: Global Cinema in the Capital

Filmfest DC: Global Cinema in the Capital

Jody Houton

The Washington DC International Film Festival returns for its 26th year this 12-22 April and looks like it will be the biggest and perhaps funniest one to date. Filmfest DC is the district's oldest and largest festival will be presenting more than 80 exquisite features, documentaries and shorts from more than 35 countries around the world. There will also be a chance to get in-depth insight into filmmaking and also get up close and personal with some of the talent behind the camera.

For the first time Filmfest DC will be showcasing 'The Lighter Side' of international film making. The segment includes numerous new pieces of comedic international cinema from countries like Argentina, France, Italy and Japan. Also on the bill for Filmfest DC is a group of works entitled Caribbean Journeys, featuring shorts, documentaries and movies from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Sure to get a large audience is the DC premiere of 'Marley', a documentary on the late, great reggae star Bob Marley. Other special sections include Global Rhythms; a series of music films, Lunafest; an array of short films by, for and about women, and Filmfest DC for Kids.

The festival will also present an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in Q&A sessions with many of the controversial directors and actors in attendance. Due to make an appearance at this year's event are Emad Burnat from '5 Broken Cameras', Judy Chaikin from 'The Girls in the Band' and Phillipe Falardeau will be discussing his masterpiece, 'Monsieur Lazhar'.

Filmfest DC is held in many different locations throughout Washington, but because of the great public transportation system in the city, travelling from one to the other is not a problem. Great venues like the Avalon Theatre on Connecticut Avenue, the Naval Heritage Centre and the Goethe Institute of Washington will all be putting on shows, screenings and special events during the festival.

There is much to see and do in America's capital city. High up on any visitor's list should be a trip to the Smithsonian Institution Building, a collection of world-class museums with exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, from art and space to natural history. Whether politically-inclined or just interested in architecture, the three government buildings of the White House, US Capitol Building and the US Supreme Court are impressive structures to behold. Washington DC is also home to a huge, beautiful natural park and each weekend, thousands take a break to visit the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to bike, kayak and paddle along the many paths, flowing rivers and thoroughfares.

There are many wonderful Washington DC hotels to choose from at HotelTravel.com. The 5-star luxurious Madison A Loews Hotel is in a great location and the Latham Hotel Washington DC in Georgetown offers a stylish stay at very attractive prices.

For more information on the Filmfest DC, visit: www.filmfestdc.org

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