The Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) returns to the nation’s capital April 12 – 22, 2012, continuing its commitment of presenting the best new cinema from around the world. Among its program of more than 80 features, documentaries and shorts, the District’s oldest and largest film festival will highlight a slate of international comedies. “People in every culture enjoy sharing a laugh and smile, and we're excited to provide an entertaining escape with films from all over the world to the nation's capital,” says longtime festival director, Tony Gittens.
Now in its 26th year, Filmfest DC films and special events are showcased in an enjoyable atmosphere for movie lovers. Festival programming both entertains and provokes and its audience is widely diverse, curious and knowledgeable. Films presented in the festival are Washington, DC premieres and provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy award-winning cinema otherwise not available. Internationally renowned directors will attend the festival to present and discuss their work.
Already confirmed films for this year’s event include Oscar nominee “Monsieur Lazhar” and new work from Italy, Iran, Norway, Canada, Japan, Russia, Argentina, Cuba and Jamaica. Returning again this year are Filmfest DC’s unique Justice Matters section of films focusing on social justice issues (the controversial “Pink Ribbons” will be featured), and Global Rhythms, a showcase of music films (with the award winning “The Girls in the Band”). In order to make the festival as accessible as possible, free programs for children and senior citizens will be offered.
WAMU 88.5 is proud to be a media sponsor for Filmfest DC, opening April 12 and running through April 22.
For more information, visit FilmfestDC.org.