DC Film Alliance

aka DC Film Alliance   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.dcshorts.com

Mission

DC Film Alliance is a non-profit (501c-3) dedicated to strengthening the film and media arts community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It accomplishes this by bringing together independent filmmakers and film lovers to participate in a wide range of multidisciplinary and educational programs throughout the year including the myriad DC Shorts programs (DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, DC Shorts WINS!, DC Shorts MENTORS, etc.) and curates a comprehensive collection of online resources including online tools and an up-to-date database for funders, vendors and publications.

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FINANCIAL MONITORING
DC Shorts closely monitors all finances. Staff members enter in receipts and bills into Quickbooks that are tagged for grant tracking. After each program, staff members compile a profit/loss statement that is reviewed by the board, and in particular by the board's treasurer for any discrepancies. Monthly financial reviews are done by a freelance bookkeeper. Lastly, our CPA reviews activities quarterly, and our organization is audited annually by a board-selected entity.

NON-PROFIT STATUS
All 990s are available for inspection on our website at
http://dcshorts.com/donate/

BOARD GIVE/GET
Board give or get is at 100%

PAST PROGRAMS
Past programs and program journals are available for inspection on our website at http://dcshorts.com/pastprograms/.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Kimberley Bush

Main address

1317 F Street NW Suite 920

Washington, DC 20004 USA

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EIN

20-4983100

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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DC Shorts Film Festival

DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is an award-winning, internationally recognized film festival held every September in Washington, DC. Recognized by MovieMaker Magazine, USAToday, and Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll as one of the best film festivals in the world, we champion short films and the filmmakers who create them. We believe in the power of short films to democratize filmmaking, permitting diverse voices to be heard from around the globe. DC Shorts Film Festival proudly serves to present these voices to vast audiences every year (since 2004) in a welcoming, thought-provoking, and lively multi-day event filled with filmmakers, industry leaders and film-lovers alike. DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is a program of DC Film Alliance.

Population(s) Served

For 13 years, the DC Shorts Film Festival has presented the best short films from around the globe. Now, watch the ones that did not make the cut in an interactive evening where audiences can cheer for the underdogs (or dogs) that were not chosen for the annual celebration of short films.

A selection of “Second Chance” films will play to our enthusiastic (and hopefully tipsy) audience. At the three-minute mark, a light will shine and the audience can shout “take it” to save the film for later consideration or “leave it“ to stop watching any more. At the end of the evening, one lucky film will be saved and programmed into September’s main festival.

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Each 90-minute show combines film and live performance for a spectacular and lighthearted evening.

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Through DC Shorts Mentors, we encourage independent filmmakers to develop the skills to create outstanding media projects. Taught by film professionals and peers, these interactive sessions are designed to build upon one another, developing the skills needed to better compete in the crowded field of filmmakers.

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DC Shorts WINS! Features award-winning films from the most recent DC Short Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

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DC Shorts presents a program of sexy and titillating films with a famed burlesque and variety show.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the best love-themed shorts from our collection and bottomless desserts from local bakers and candymakers.

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Awards

Coolest Short Film Festival 2013

Movie Maker Magazine

Coolest Short Film Festival 2014

Movie Maker Magazine

Coolest Short Film Festival 2015

Movie Maker Magazine

Coolest Short Film Festival 2016

Movie Maker Magazine

Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2014

Movie Maker Magazine

Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2015

Movie Maker Magazine

Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2016

Movie Maker Magazine

Best Film Festival 2014

Washington City Paper Best of D.C. Readers' Poll

Best Film Festival 2015

Washington City Paper Best of D.C. Readers' Poll

Best Film Festival 2016

Washington City Paper Best of D.C. Readers' Poll

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2017)

Our results

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Surveys (Patrons, Filmmakers, Sponsors, and Volunteers)

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DC Shorts Film Festival

Context Notes

We survey our patrons, sponsors, partners, volunteers, and filmmakers to get the best idea on how are programming affects them.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GOALS FOR 2016
* Increase screening and related programming in underserved communities
* Increase partnerships and related programming with other district nonprofits
* Increase educational opportunities for filmmakers
* Establish programs with youth and our local universities
* Create Pitch and other related events for filmmakers

Through a series of regularly scheduled educational programs, screening opportunities, partnered programs, sharing resources (online tools), partnering with various (film, arts, and business) organizations, and our annual Fall Film Festival, DC Shorts provides opportunities for filmmakers of every skill level to explore, learn their craft while entertaining and expanding the horizons of audience members.

DC Shorts programmers strive to attract and screen films that highlight the District's rich diversity. By partnering with other festivals, attending festivals around the country, and culling the trade publications, DCS consistently shows and features films by, about, and representing many diverse cultures. DCS works with dozens of other area organizations such as Washington DC Jewish Community Center (WJFF), The DC Center (Reel Affirmations), The Asian-Pacific American Film Festival, the Sackler Gallery with their Asian, Middle Eastern and other film programs, Independent Television Service (Independent Lens), and many others to promote these films. DCS also partners with the embassies of every nation that are represented by the films. This has allowed DCS to increase its reach among international audiences. Finally, for years DCS wanted present films to residents east of the river, and so DCS has began a partnership with the Anacostia Arts Center to provide screenings for neighborhood residents which we hope to expand this year.

Specifically for the Festival, DC Shorts programmers strive to attract and screen films that highlight the District's rich diversity. By partnering with other festivals, attending festivals around the country, and culling the trade publications, DCS consistently shows and features films by, about, and representing many diverse cultures. DCS works with dozens of other area organizations such as Washington DC Jewish Community Center (WJFF), The DC Center (Reel Affirmations), The Asian-Pacific American Film Festival, the Sackler Gallery with their Asian, Middle Eastern and other film programs, Independent Television Service (Independent Lens), and many others to promote these films. DCS also partners with the embassies of every nation that are represented by the films. This has allowed DCS to increase its reach among international audiences. Over the past year, we have specifically designed and presented around partnerships with other organizations (Story District, Tilted Torch, Funniest Feds, and others). By doing so we are able to capitalize on multiple audiences and expose each other's audience to new programming. This has also allowed us to "guarantee" success through collaborative marketing to our similar audiences who trend younger, highly educated, and ofter are new to the district. Finally, for years DCS wanted present films to residents east of the river, and so DCS has began a partnership with the Anacostia Arts Center to provide screenings for neighborhood residents which we hope to expand this year.

Financials

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DC Film Alliance

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Christian Oh

ServiceNow / Oh Productions

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017


Board co-chair

Mr. Zhibo Lai

Dimension FX

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017

Zhibo Lai CEO

DimensionFX

Christian Oh Certified Technical Trainer

ServiceNow

Nataliya Zalevska Board Treasurer

DC Shorts

Carolyn Rogers Board Director

DC Shorts

Halley Aelion Board Director

DC Shorts

Dan Case Board Director

DC Shorts

Anne O'Leary Retired Foreign Service Employee

US Federal Government

Francis Creighton Board Director

DC Shorts

Julia Creighton Board Director

DC Shorts

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes