In just two years, Washington West has established itself as a major player in the film festival circuit, hosting Q&A sessions with Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Emmy nominated writer-director Brad Hall (Saturday Night Live), director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar), and Emmy-winning composer W.G. Snuffy Walden (The West Wing), among other accomplished talents from Hollywood and beyond. Washington West has also hosted thought-provoking productions from Tom Hanks and HBO and was one of the first festivals to screen the Academy Award-nominated film, Kavi. There's plenty to see, do, and discover at Washington West-and above all, by participating in Washington West, you will inevitably be part of an effort to make lasting, positive changes throughout the art of storytelling.
In 2012, Buzkashi Boys, an extraordinary short film from writer-director Sam French, snagged an Academy Award nomination just two months after screening as an Official Selection at Washington West. The film, which chronicles the harrowing experiences of coming of age in modern-day Afghanistan, is a prime example of the intellectual and emotional cocktail often served at this four-day celebration. An exciting intersection of politics, introspection, community outreach, and entertainment, this festival continues to prove it's in a class of its own.
May 30, 2013 - Late Deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Washington West leverages the power of storytelling and filmmaking to inspire and capture the hearts and minds of its audiences. It motivates visitors to make lasting and tangible differences around the world.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Filmmakers at Washington West will receive one complimentary night (and highly discounted additional nights) at the Hyatt Regency in Reston Town Center. Conde Nast named this Four-Diamond Reston hotel a "Readers Choice Top 100 Hotel in the United States."
Sponsored by Audi, Apple, Tiffany & Co., and Hyatt Regency, Washington West is proud to be a festival that accelerates careers while simultaneously making the world a better place. "My film has been in over 100 festivals," says 2010 Academy Award nominee Gregg Helvey, "but Washington West was a highlight: a fantastic, unique experience. I had a great time, loved the focus on filmmakers.... I so admire the unique mission they are committed to." Submit your film to Washington West Film Festival today!