About Us

We have a core belief that story can change the world and we've built a film festival around it.

Brad Russell

Founder & President

Brad Russell was born and raised in Northern Virginia and believes Washington, DC is the world’s soon-to-be great philanthropic and film super power. Brad founded the Washington West International Film Festival to create an exceptional curation of the best new films and filmmakers from around the world, while catalyzing one of the most intelligent and art-savvy audiences toward a new, immersive philanthropy experience. In the fall of 2011, Brad introduced the festival’s driving vision, ‘Story Can Change The World’. By directing its box office proceeds to well-vetted projects, Washington West will transform audiences into storytellers; together creating a collective story of hope for communities in need. He served the Washington Redskins for six years as an assistant to the team chaplain before earning a Masters Degree 1996 in Practical Theology from Regent University. He then founded Dulles Community, a church known for reimagining tangible expressions of faith and community for those compelled to restore beauty in our world. Brad lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.