Washington, DC Independent Film Festival Announces 2006 Festival Dates The DCIFF Annual Festival Will be held throughout the City of Washington, D.C.

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Carol Bidault urges you to “think outside the box,” as she has been doing for more than seven years. As the Executive Director and Founder of the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival, she provides the perfect setting to do so. This festival, which has been called by Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter “THE festival that brings independent film culture to Washington, D.C.” will run from March 2 through 12, 2006.

The Washington, DC Independent Film Festival will be held 2006 at these different locations in Washington DC:

  • Thursday, March 2 - Avalon Theatre
  • Friday, March 3 - Jewish Community Center
  • Saturday, March 4 - Goethe-Institut, Washington
  • Sunday, March 5 - Goethe- Institut, Washington
  • Monday, March 6 - Gala Theatre - Tivoli
  • Tuesday, March 7 - Gala Theatre - Tivoli
  • Wednesday, March 8 - Gala Theatre - Tivoli
  • Thursday, March 9 - Goethe-Institut, Washington
  • Friday, March 10 - Jewish Community Center
  • Saturday, March 11th - Carnegie Institute
  • Sunday, March 12 - Avalon Theatre

For 11 days, enjoy the best of independent films from the nation’s capital and other countries. Our “World Cinema Focus” this year will include films from Southern Asia and Bollywood, which is sure to be a hit in DC. DCIFF strives to support independent films by helping them find an audience and garner media and industry attention true to its "independent" roots.

The Washington DC Independent Film Festival is a different kind of festival than more popular festivals like Sundance and Cannes.

“Washington can be a very conservative town, and we really need to offer a unique experience to our audience,” Bidault says. DCIFF offers at each program or “session” a range of films, including an animation, a short and a feature. There is also a question and answer discussion after each session. “When my grandparents went to the movies, this was an ‘event,’ says Bidault. “They saw newsreels, a short, and then the featured movie. DCIFF tries to recreate the heyday of movie going.”

To enhance the conventional “movie going” experience, the DCIFF film screenings focus on the filmmaker AND their films.

DCIFF Announces 2006 Festival Dates

The DCIFF Film Market provides an opportunity for industry professionals to view films available for acquisition. The Trade Show, which is free and open to the public, is where filmmakers and those interested in film can network with industry professionals and related businesses to make their films outshine all the others. Exhibitors can also demonstrate their latest technologies and services. Participants in the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Seminars can meet ask questions to and interact directly with seminar panelists, which have included top executives from AOL, Discovery Communications, National Geographic and PBS, among others. Those who attend the seminars can also learn and become familiar with topics such as “Negotiating Your Rights,” “Financing Your Films with Grants” or key issues that impact the media industry in its free Industry Advocacy Forum. In the end, all of these pieces have one goal in mind. “If we have done our jobs right,” says Bidault, “you will find that these films will amaze, provoke, delight, disturb, but never leave you bored.” But the festival, with all its bells and whistles, will the leave our Washington, D.C. audience captivated in the way that no other festival can, because it is unlike any other festival, for it provides its audience with true independent flair.

The Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) is a yearly event where industry professionals and the general public can see the latest, most exciting independent films –­ feature, short, animation and documentary –­ from the United States and abroad. It is an opportunity for local, national and foreign independent filmmakers to compete in the D.C. area. DCIFF promotes and supports independent film through its film festival, film market, seminars, trade show and organized events throughout the year. The Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization.

For more information, please contact Polimnia Rossin at (202) 537 9493

or email press@dciff.org. Please visit our online Press Room at our website at http://www.dciff.org /pressOffice.htm where this information will be available to you.

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