DC Shorts champions short filmmaking. To this end, we are happy to provide tools, links and resources to help all filmmakers in their quest to tell compelling stories.
Our Online Tools
FOLLOW USA daily collection of JOBS, CASTING NOTICES and EVENTS from over 20 various DC area and national resources.
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DC Shorts Toolkit
An open email exchange to request information from other filmmakers, post screening information — or even sell old equipment
- [DC Shorts Toolkit] The Future of Political Media - June 1 - Melissa Houghton
- [DC Shorts Toolkit] Spotlight on Screenwriters Workshop (6/2) and Submission Deadline Approaching Quickly! - Melissa Houghton
- [DC Shorts Toolkit] Fwd: Workshop on Legal Issues for Filmmakers June 2 - Erica Ginsberg
- [DC Shorts Toolkit] Producing Master Class - Museum, Interactive, and Game-based Programming - Melissa Houghton
DC Shorts Actors’ List
Post casting notices to over 2,000 DC and East Coast actors.
DC-Based Film Organizations
Women in Film & Video
Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, DC (not just for women!) is dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. Our resources, connections and advocates support a vibrant, creative media community.
Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC), was formed to serve the needs of the growing Washington/Baltimore media production community. Focused on the burgeoning local market, TIVA offers an entrée into a world of career opportunities, new-industry technology seminars, educational outreach, mentoring and award ceremonies.
Docs in Progress
Docs In Progress works to create community through documentary with a variety of programs and services, including work-in-progress screenings, training classes,professional development workshops, private consultations, online resources and a blog. We help experienced and emerging documentary filmmakers make better films by giving them the tools to foster and improve their skills at all stages of the filmmaking process.
Virginia Production Alliance
The Virginia Production Alliance was formed to promote production in the Commonwealth. We unite the Virginia creative community — professionals involved in film, video, audio and new media — and provide valuable educational, social, and networking opportunities that help grow the industry.
Creative Alliance (Baltimore)
Creative Alliance Media Makers (CAmm) presents new work by local filmmakers, video and digital artists and uses film as a way to get people talking about issues affecting them. We also lend support and vital resources to Baltimore’s thriving independent filmmaking community, with access to affordable equipment rental, workshops, career development, and places for filmmakers to gather, meet one another, and share their passions.
Producers Guild of America (DC Chapter)
The Producers Guild of America represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 5,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by facilitating members health benefits, encouraging enforcement of workplace labor laws, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts.
DC-Area Film Offices
DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development
The mission of the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development is to initiate, implement and manage the operations and logistics of programs aimed at generating revenue and stimulating employment and business opportunities in the District through the production of film, television, video, photography and other multimedia projects.
Virginia Film Office
At the Virginia Film Office we are passionate about filmmaking in our state. We love working with films, commercials, documentaries, television shows, and new media projects of all types and sizes. Visit our Production Services Directory for information about crew and services, our Location Library to view the incredibly wide variety of locations Virginia has to offer, and our incentive section to learn more about our incentive program.
Maryland Film Office
As an arm of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, our mission is to attract film and video production to film on-location in the state of Maryland. Our goal is to make the process of filming in Maryland as easy as possible.
Baltimore Film Office
The Baltimore Film Office to provides exceptional service to all productions scouting and filming in Baltimore. Our staff has nearly 20 years of experience in and with the film industry in Baltimore. We will help you scout locations, secure permits, provide logistical support and coordinate with city agencies for use of city properties, equipment and personnel.
Other Online Resources We Love
Founded by filmmakers Jess Search and Cath Le Couteur in 1998, for 60 filmmaker friends, Shooting People started in the belief that the best way to get independent films made and out into the world was to learn from others doing it themselves. Now, with 38,000 members and over 200 films crewed and cast using our services every week, this core principal remains the same and as important as ever.
Bluecat Screenplay Competition
For nearly fifteen years, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s recognition and development of undiscovered screenwriters from around the world has paved the way for these writers to be signed by major agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, to sell their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and most importantly, to see their work produced into motion pictures.
Published quarterly, FILMMAKER covers the most intriguing independent feature films that will be released in theaters over the subsequent three months. Active filmmakers, directors, producers, cinematographers, writers, and editors throughout the independent film and digital cinema community read FILMMAKER for an incisive look at the industry today.
MovieMaker is the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent movie magazine. Founded in 1993, the magazine currently enjoys an international bimonthly distribution of 44,000, a readership of more than 160,000 and a direct subscribership of more than 14,000.
The leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike, Indiewire launched on July 15, 1996 and re-launched with a new approach on January 12, 2009.
Karma vs Mojo Rentals
Mike Panfeld and company are pleased to offer well-maintained, high-quality and, reasonably-priced camera, grip, lighting and sound equipment rentals to the DC-area Indie community.
ScriptMag.com is a daily resource offering inspiration, advice, frequently updated articles, and industry news to those most active in the business
Openfilm brings the best elements of the film industry together. With an innovative platform designed to change the process of discovering great independent film, Openfilm is dedicated to developing, marketing and distributing great works.
Short Film Central
Short Film Central was started in 2005 to help filmmakers promote their short films. Since then, our international short film database has been updated daily by filmmakers, film schools, distributors, exhibitors and others in the short film industry.
The CINE Golden Eagle Award has been recognized as a mark of excellence throughout the film and television industry for over 50 years. Since its founding in 1957, CINE has been instrumental in promoting the careers of thousands of filmmakers through juried competitions, educational programs, and networking opportunities.
Film Independent remains a collective of filmmakers, industry professionals, and film lovers, but encompasses a broad community of individuals who appreciate and sustain artist-driven filmmaking. Film independent empowers filmmakers to tell their own stories, in their own voices and provides a support system in which their work can be appreciated.