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The Capitol Hill Film Classic is taking place this Thursday June 13th and includes a unique short film knockout style competition where local entries compete against the best in the world. All submissions are divided into four geographical brackets — American, International, Local DMV and First Time Filmmakers — which will compete for twelve slots through knockout stages, with the final films being screened in front of a live audience at the historic Miracle Theater. “Our goal is simple: elevate the District’s visual storytellers and put them up against the best short films from around the world. That is our singular focus — building the District of Columbia’s film economy brick by brick!” said Michael Rekola, executive director of the Film Classic

This year’s judges include Mark McKinnon, Louise Linton, Cameron Gilreath Normand, Daniel Lippman, and Chad Eric Smith. Tickets are live and on sale at www.capitolhillfilm.com. Single tickets cost $40.00 for the Finals and the event will take place at Miracle Theater on Barracks Row.

International Bracket:

  • The Interview, directed by Stanislav Sambozhuk, written by Stanislav Sambozhuk and Nico Drago
  • The Mirror, written and directed by Massimiliano Mauceri

First Time Filmmaker Bracket:

  • Sun Shine, written and directed by Walker Hare
  • Take Me To The Stars, written and directed by Justin Scott Lawrence

Local DMV Bracket:

  • A Celebrity, directed by David Ashton, written by Justin Radano
  • Black Coffee, directed by Jason Perez, written by George Khouri and Chrishaunda Lee Perez
  • The Last Meal, directed by Tracy Mathews, written by Tracy Mathews, Sarah Tompkins, Josh Cheung, Grace Eda Baker, Louis Lavoie, and Grace Boyle
    Traveling Soldier, directed by Andrew Trent Fleming, Lauren Cox, written by Lauren Cox  

American Bracket:

  • A Sari for Pallavi, directed by Kate Chamuris, written by Sunita Deshpande
  • Swing Shift, directed by Ben Williams, written by Ben Williams and Michelle Perkowski –
  • Swipe Right, written and directed by Corbin Schweitzer
  • We Can Do It, directed by Emil Benjamin, written by Emil Benjamin and Amber Reauchean Williams – At her first day on the job, it isn’t long before Reauchean realizes that there’s something awry at the core of Millennium Steel.