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.

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@dcshortstools Feed

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

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DC Shorts Actors’ List

Post casting notices to over 2,000 DC and East Coast actors.

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NETWORKING: DC-Based Film Organizations

Docs in Progress
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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.

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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.

Virginia Production Alliance
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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.

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
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Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts began in 1983 as a unique collaboration of lawyers and artists to fulfill a mission to serve artists in need of legal knowledge and assistance. Since then, WALA has supported artistic expression and creative innovation serving the legal needs of the arts and cultural communities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Women in Film and Video
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Women in Film and 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.


DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment
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The mission of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment 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
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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
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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
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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.

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Barbizon Lighting Company
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Barbizon Lighting Company has been providing professional lighting and rigging equipment for over 65 years. Professionals from all industries turn to our team for lighting equipment, expendables, systems and rigging. Our expertise goes beyond equipment, as we provide ideas and solutions for entertainment and architectural projects. Whether you work in the television, film, theatre, museum, house of worship or architectural lighting communities, Barbizon Lighting has the knowledge, expertise, and service that sets us apart.

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Cinematcher is a matchmaking app enabling users to hire and get hired for film, T.V. and digital projects on demand, instantly and globally. The industry is calling Cinematcher the ‘Tinder’ for film and TV jobs.

website | facebook | twitter is the Film and Television Industry’s newest marketplace for direct connection of Creators and Buyers of original projects for Film, TV & Web/Digital Media. delivers a next generation platform for creators of both video produced and written pitches and is founded on the core belief that if a highly original pitch can meet the mind and eyes of the right Entertainment Industry Professional, there is no “gatekeeper” or “closed door” that can prevent that pitch from meeting it’s destiny as a produced film, television show or streaming media program.

KvM Rental

Karma vs Mojo Rentals LLC is pleased to offer well-maintained, high-quality, and reasonably-priced a la carte equipment rentals and packages to the DC-area Indie community.

Moviemaker Magazine
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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.

Simple DCP
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Simple DCP is a premier provider of theatrical, broadcast, and digital deliverables. No matter your platform, we help you deliver your content where it needs to go. Located in Los Angeles, CA – Simple DCP knows the film industry. From Academy Award winners to breakout web series, we service a diverse, global clientele with tailored solutions and one-on-one attention. Start the conversation with us and see how we can help you bring your film to the big and small screen.

Studio Binder
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StudioBinder is the world’s leading production management platform that helps power the future of filmmaking through our understanding of the the logistical process. We provide over 30,000+ companies the power to streamline their production workflow, starting with the call sheet. Our customers can create and send trackable call sheets, manage talent and crew information, backup key production documents, and collaborate with team members.

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For over 30 years, 411 Publishing has set the standard for business-to-business directories. 411 Publishing provides the entertainment industry with the best, most trustworthy production resources for film, TV, commercials, video and music video production.

Write Brothers
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Since 1982, Write Brothers® Inc. (formerly called Screenplay Systems™) has been a world leader in film and television screenwriting and production software, including the first script formatting program, Scriptor™. (Click herefor expanded history.) For nearly two decades, over 80% of the Academy Award® nominations and 95% of the Emmy® awards have gone to companies that usedMovie Magic® Screenwriter™and other software originally created by Write Brothers Inc. We are the first and the only creative team ever to receive anAcademy Technical Achievement Awardfor screenwriting software. Our President is a produced Hollywood writer and WGA member. We are the only company with software for all phases of writing: creativity, brainstorming, outlining, and formatting. Our top-selling Movie Magic® Screenwriter™, Dramatica®, Word Menu®, and Outline 4D™ (formerly StoryView™) writing programs are used by leading novelists, fiction writers, screenwriters, and playwrights.