Intelligent story not only entertains, but it truly can change the world. A well-told story captures our imagination, makes us laugh, forces us to reflect, and inspires transformation. And so the purpose of the Washington West Film Festival is to celebrate innovative and impassioned film that will both comfort and challenge our audiences who, in turn, can make lasting, tangible differences in our world. At Washington West, we will screen and, in many cases, premiere some of the finest independent films from all around the world in three in-competition categories: dramatic features, documentary features, and short films. As we mature, we will expand our programming to include major Hollywood studio releases, giving established filmmakers the opportunity to unveil their story before a conscientious audience in one of the world's most influential cities. We want to connect artists - emerging and renowned - with audiences who are eager for a unique cinematic experience, and together, make the world a little bit brighter.
Invested in our Vision
We give 100% of our regular screening box office net proceeds every year to a project or team that works to solve a problem of hunger, education, disease, or displacement - in our city and around the world.
Movie Theater in Port au Prince
In 2011, we directed our entire regular screening box office profit toward the construction of a school and theater for children in Haiti.
Story Project led by David Darg
David Darg, filmmaker and Advisory Board Member, leads the Washington West charitable project, offering creative guidance and film-capture leadership. Our projects must be filmable and offer tangible aid to communties in need.
The Robert Duvall Children’s Fund
The Robert Duvall Children's Fund (RDCF) is a 501(c)(3) committed to provide for the welfare, health, education and relief of children and their families who are poor, distressed or underprivileged. This is accomplished by promoting and supporting activities of charitable organizations that provide medical assistance, promote education, instruction and development, or provide assistance in meeting requirements relating to food, clothing and other basic needs for children and their families around the world. The Robert Duvall Children's Fund also strives to educate children about the importance of environmental conservation initiatives through partnerships with nonprofit organizations focused in this area.
Since its establishment in 2001, RDCF has expanded its reach by assisting many organizations in meeting the needs of children through educational, developmental or medical assistance programs. The Washington West Film Festival is proud to partner with RDCF on our 2015 project.