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Jan. 26, 2007


University of the District of Columbia is Host Site for Washington, DC Independent Film Festival

          Washington, D.C. – In a move that will bring an expanding audience to the campus of the Hometown University of the Nation’s Capital, the University of the District of Columbia has entered into an agreement through which UDC will be the host site of the 9th Annual Washington DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF).  The DCIFF will be held March 1 – 11, 2007 in the University Auditorium (Building 46 East) on the UDC campus at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. 

                The festival will be held for the first time at the University campus, which is the temporary site of the new DC Moving Image Center (DC MIC). The DC MIC will be the new landmark for independent film, where audiences can experience a festival, seminars, tradeshows, film markets, music festival and receptions, all in one location.

            The University’s involvement in this important cultural opportunity evolved as the result of close cooperation between DCIFF and Dr. Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, who has undertaken numerous film-related initiatives for the University’s Office of University Relations and Communications.  “The benefits to the both the University and the citizens of the District are clear,” said Dr. Bobby W. Austin, Vice President for University Relations and Communications at UDC.  “We are delighted to bring such a prestigious event to our campus.”

            "We are very grateful to Dr. Austin, Dr. Evans-Pritchard, and all of the faculty and students at UDC for providing a new home for DC Independent Film Festival,” said Carol Bidault, Executive Director and Founder of the DCIFF.  “Thanks to them, this year all festival activities will be held at one venue.  The location is beautiful, centrally located, Metro accessible.  UDC has long been an advocate for filmmaking, and has invested in upgraded equipment and facilities.  Due to their support, I think this may well be our best festival ever!"

                Bringing the best of independent films to Washington, DC for nine years, the DCIFF has developed into one of the premiere festivals for independent films on the Atlantic Coast.  This year the DCIFF will run for eleven days, exhibiting over 100 films (features, shorts, animations, documentaries, student) from around the world, and featuring 30 themed film showcases (Political, Cine Latino, Jewish, International, Black, European, etc).  The film festival also includes seven days of leading industry expert panels, Master classes, and the International, National Advocacy, as well as industry breakfasts, VIP receptions, happy hours, opening and closing night galas.   Additionally, DCIFF organizers are supporting carbon-neutral filmmaking by going "green" to reduce carbon dioxide emissions during festival operations, and providing a special exhibit.

            More information on the DCIFF may be found at www.dciff.org or www.myspace.com/dcindependentfilmfestival.            

 

 

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