Behind the scenes at the 26th annual Washington, D.C. International Film Festival.
By Jill A. Norris
Grab your popcorn and find a comfy seat because D.C.’s Filmfest is officially underway and rolling until April 22. This annual event is the Oscars of film festivals for movie buffs in the Washington area. The famous motion-picture celebration presents 80 films from over 35 countries and hosts international guests that have influenced every aspect of the movie industry. This year’s notable visitors include the director of Monsieur Lazhar and the producer of Pink Ribbons Inc.
Three main films in this year’s lineup are just as colorfully diverse as the audience. These include: The Lighter Side, a series of international comedies; Caribbean Journeys, new films from Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, the Dominican Republic and more; and Justice Matters, a series exploring social justice issues.
Although opening night has already passed us by, there are still nine days left, which are sure to be just as thrilling and suspenseful as the films being featured. Free events, awards ceremonies and special movie screenings are in store for those attending the festival.