Last year, Filmfest DC brought "The Untouchables" to Washington, a French film that in its debut year, went on to become the highest grossing movie in a language other than English.
This time around, the festival's founder, Tony Gittens, is hoping to strike gold with the Australian drama "Underground."
"We are opening with 'Underground,' a film about the younger teenage years of Julian Assange," he says. "Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks," the organization that's known for publishing classified government information.
Deputy Director Sharin Ghareeb says they try to screen films that would appeal to a Washington audience.
"We're in the capital, a town where we have an audience that's particularly politically savvy," says Ghareeb. They're interested in what's going on in the world, and they're going to be interested in a topic like this."
The D.C. premiere comes just weeks after the Fort Meade, Md. court proceedings of a U.S. Army private who supplied WikiLeaks with classified information.
"[It's] very controversial, so we feel that is a great film to open up with here in Washington, D.C.," says Gittens.
The 11-day film festival begins on April 11.