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The Washington, DC area hosts several film festivals throughout the year. Find out about these special events featuring a wide range of films and movies for all ages.

AFI DOCS Documentary Film Festival
AFI DOCS is a film festival created by the American Film Institute (AFI) and Discovery Channel to bring the best new documentaries to Washington, DC area audiences.

Alexandria Film Festival
The Alexandria Film Festival is a tribute to cinematic art, featuring emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world. The festival includes 39 independent, short and feature length films, documentaries, animation and narrative films screened at a variety of locations in and around the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Bethesda Outdoor Movies
Enjoy free outdoor movies this summer in downtown Bethesda, modern and classic cinema at the second annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue.

Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies
Capitol Riverfront will host family-friendly outdoor movies throughout the summer. The vibrant mixed-use community and riverfront destination, located near the Washington Navy Yard and Nationals Park,

Clifton Film Fest
The Clifton Film Fest is an award winning indoor and outdoor film festival held each July showcasing original films made by the surrounding community at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

Columbia Heights Outdoor Movies
Columbia Heights will host free outdoor movie nights on the soccer field of Tubman Elementary, 3101 13th Street NW Washington DC.

Columbia's Lakefront Summer Festival Movies
Enjoy family friendly outdoor movies under the stars in Columbia, Maryland. See the schedule of summer movies.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria
See free outdoor movies at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria, Virginia

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Woodbridge, Virginia
See free outdoor movies in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Crystal Screen – Outdoor Film Festival
See free outdoor James Bond movie classics in Crystal City, Virginia.

DC Shorts Film Festival
The DC Shorts Film Festival, screenings at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in, Washington, DC, film festival dedicated to short films from around the world.

Environmental Film Festival – Washington, DC
The DC Environmental Film Festival features 100 documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from around the world.

Filmfest DC-Washington, DC's International Film Festival
Filmfest DC, Washington, DC's 12-day annual special event showcases a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world.

Films at the Stone – Outdoor Movies at the Martin Luther King Memorial
Learn about free summer movies screened at Films at the Stone, the outdoor film festival at the Martin Luther King Memorial

Free Outdoor Movies in Fairfax, Virginia
Cox Communications Northern Virginia and the City of Fairfax present free outdoor movies on a giant 40-foot by 20-foot screen with a Dolby surround sound system. See the schedule and details.

GI Film Festival in Washington, DC
See classic and premier films celebrating the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces. Festival includes a variety of films and panel discussions with actors, filmmakers and members of the military.

Holiday Cinema at AFI Silver Theatre
The holiday celebration features a variety of Christmas movies, including classic favorites, comedies and romantic holiday dramas. Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a few hours of family entertainment.

Lake Anne Summer Outdoor Movies - Reston, VA
See the schedule of movies and learn about the outdoor film festival at Lake Ann Plaza in Reston, Virginia

Movies By Moonlight at Lincoln Park – Washington DC
See the schedule for free summer movies at Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington DC

National Harbor Outdoor Movies 2012
During the summer months National Harbor, Maryland, the waterfront development on the Potomac River, presents free classic movies on the Plaza’s big screen.

NoMA Summer Film Festival
NoMA Summer Film Festival, see outdoor movies in Northeast Washington, DC.

Our City Film Fest
This film festival is sponsored by Yachad, the Jewish non-profit of Greater Washington, focusing on documentaries, narratives, and animation films that are about or take place in Washington, DC.

Outdoor Movies at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Enjoy family friendly outdoor movies under the stars as part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland. See the movie schedule.

Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area
Watch movies outdoors during the summer at one of the Washington, DC area outdoor movie festivals. Find up-to-date movie schedules and more.

Outdoor Movies on Rockville Town Square
Find the movie schedule for free outdoor movies on Rockville Town Square in Rockville, Maryland

Reel Affirmations Film Festival
Washington, DC's gay and lesbian film festival, usually held in October.

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival
The film festival features free movies on a huge screen in downtown Rosslyn every Friday night from June through September, See the schedule

Screen on the Green-Free Outdoor Movies at the National Mall
Bring the whole family to the National Mall in Washington, DC to watch free outdoor movies during this summer special event.

Slapsticon Film Festival
Slapsticon Film Festival in Arlington, Virginia features slapstick comedy movies from 1910 - 1940s.

Strathmore Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Enjoy free outdoor movies on the lawn at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland, during the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival, film festival, sponsored by the...
The Washington Jewish Film Festival, film festival, sponsored by the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, features 46 films at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.

U Street Outdoor Movies 2012 - Washington DC
The U Street Outdoor Movie Series features a diverse selection of free documentaries and films sponsored by Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, the U Street Neighborhood Association, and the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association.

Village at Shirlington Movies Under the Stars
Enjoy outdoor movies in Arlington, Virginia at the Village at Shirlington Movies Under the Stars, see an up-to-date schedule

Washington DC Drive-In Movies at Union Market
Washington DC's only drive-in movie experience is a summer film festival featuring DC-centric films screened on Union Market's three-story exterior wall.

Washington DC Golden Cinema Series
The Golden Triangle BID and Heurich House Museum in Washington DC present the “Golden Cinema Series,” a FREE outdoor movie festival

Washington, DC Independent Film Festival
The Washington, DC Independent Film Festival is an annual event showcasing the latest feature, short, animation and documentary films by local, national, and international filmmakers.

WB50 Outdoor Movies in Silver Spring, Maryland
WB50 sponsors free outdoor family-friendly movies in downtown Silver Spring. See the 2006 schedule.

Annapolis Film Festival 2014
The Annapolis Film Festival will showcase more than 70 films at a variety of venues in Annapolis, Maryland

CineMatsuri - Japanese Film Festival in Washington DC
Washington DC presents a Japanese film festival, called CineMatsuri, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, screening five recent Japanese films, each in a different genre, that showcase the diversity and richness of Japanese filmmaking today. See the schedule and learn more.

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