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The Dc After Dark

(est. 2016)

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We celebrate and support Genre Films! Horror, Thriller, Dark or Quirky Comedies, Experimental, Grindhouse, etc. We want them!

And btw, are you a Cosplayer??

Nestled in the heart of the national capital, Washington D.C., the DC After Dark International Film Festival is a part of the GO Independent series of film festivals in the FAME family. Our goal is to give more opportunities for independent filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase and promote their art.


We are producing a full on, live film festival at the Angelika Pop Up in Union Market, Washington, D.C. HOWEVER, we are susceptible to country, state and local laws, which enforce specific, gathering guidelines. To that end, circumstances beyond our control include venue policy and protocol, and insurance limitations.

For the year 2024 and for the foreseeable future, we will be producing both a virtual and live event. Please understand, before submitting, that with little to no notification, we may have to change presentation formats.





Submissions Open: November 13, 2023

Early Bird Deadline: January 03, 2024

Early Deadline: March 12,2024

Regular Deadline: July 10, 2024

Late Deadline: August 14, 2024

Extended Deadline: September 09, 2024

FINAL Deadline: September 30, 2024

Notification: October 07, 2024

Virtual Screening: (10/27 - 11/03, 2024)

Awards Presentation: November 02, 2024

2023 Award Winners:

Best Horror Film: Spin the Wheel

Best Thriller: THE NANNY

Best Short Film: MERA DADDU (My Grandpa)

Best Comedy: The 3rd Annual Matricher Falls Internationel Film Festival

Best Trailer: Staycation

*Due to COVID related events beyond our control, schedules may change with little to no notification. 

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Thank you for considering us!

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