The DC Independent Film Festival Takes Place This Week With Three German Films Featured

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


Starting this Wednesday, March 6, and going through the weekend, the 15th Annual DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) will be featuring over 50 films from around the world.  Independent films with varying budgets and topics will be presented in four categories (Narrative Features, Documentaries, Narrative Shorts, and Animation/Experimental) and will all be making Washington DC premiers with some US and World premiers included.  Three of this years films come straight from Germany, including the World Premier of the animated short film The Cold Heart.


Directing Dissent

Directing Dissent collage

The German documentary Directing Dissent follows the story of the dynamic teacher and social activist John Roemer and his fight for racial integration in Maryland during the civil rights movement.  This movie shows viewers Roemer’s “struggles within the Civil Rights Movement, his embracing of civil disobedience as a means of effecting social change, and the outgrowth of his activism into his role as a high school teacher. His ideology is informed by an unfaltering belief in the principles of non-violence and the power of ‘a loving disposition’”.

Directing Dissent will be screened on March 7, along with the US made documentary Mr. Stokes’ Mission at the Goethe Institut from 6:30pm to 9pm.  Tickets are available for $12 in advance.




Hiob, the short film by German director Marco Gadge, centers around Commissioner Berger’s years of delivering tragic news of people’s deaths to the point of making him cynical.  With a new colleague, Martin Stern, in the picture, he is at a complete loss.

Marco Gadge’s short will be screened with 6 other short films on March 9 at the US Navy Heritage Center from 12pm to 2:30pm.  Tickets are available for $12 in advance.


The Cold Heart

The Cold Heart

The animated short film The Cold Heart is an adaptation of the German fairytale under the same name by Johann Wolfgang.  Director Hannes Rall brings the story to life with classic hand drawn animations and color design by Disney veteran Hans Bacher.  It tells the story of “a poor but goodhearted young man, desperately wishing to be rich. Tempted by the evil ghost of the woods, he trades his warm heart for a heart of stone. He becomes rich but turns into a merciless and cruel man.”

The Cold Heart makes its World Premier on March 9 with 10 others at the US Navy Heritage Center from 2:30pm to 5pm.  Tickets are available for $12 in advance.


For the complete list of films being shown at the 15th Annual DC Independent Film Festival and more ticket information, head on over the to event’s website.  There are many other great films being shown during the five day event.


Sources: DCIFFDirecting Dissent, Hannes Rall

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