• Oct 13

    Closing Night Tickets Include After-Party

    Tickets to the 2014 Closing Night Film and Awards will also include entrance to the After-Party, all beginning Saturday evening, Oct 25th @ 7pm.  The After-Party with DJ, drinks, and plenty of food is sponsored by M&S Grill of Reston Town Center.  Show any festival screening tickets at M&S Grill anytime duirng the festival for 15% discount on all orders.

  • Oct 08

    Scorsese Produced Crime Drama Part of Lineup

    Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, The Revenge of The Green Dragons is announced as part of our 2014 lineup. Tickets on sale now.

  • Oct 06

    Take The Silver Line To the Silver Screen

    Announcing Metro as our Community and Silver Line Partner. With screenings in seven locations in DC and northern Virginia, don't miss our Opening Night Film and Closing Night Awards & Film in Reston Town Center. Take the Silver Line to the silver screen!

  • Oct 02

    Fest Tickets On Sale!

    Tickets are on sale for all film screenings and our Kickoff Concert at The Hamilton.

  • Sep 24

    Opening Night Tickets Now On Sale, All Other Tickets Oct 1

    Announcing ticket sales are now live for our 2014 Opening Night Film, for Thurs evening, October 23rd. 'Alive Inside' is an extraordinary story, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary.

  • Sep 18

    Kickoff Concert at The Hamilton, Oct 22

    Join us for the Washington West Kickoff Concert on October 22nd at The Hamilton, downtown just two blocks from the White House. Los Angeles recording artist, Sara Niemietz, and award-winning film and television composer, W.G. Snuffy Walden (The West Wing, Nashville, The Wonder Years, Friday Night Lights), will set the tone for a week of celebrating the power of story…

  • Aug 25

    Films from 13 Nations

    Official film selections will include feature narratives, feature documentaries, and short films from thirteen nations around the world.  The 2014 official film selections will be announced on Sept 25th, four weeks before the Opening Night Film and After Party.

  • Aug 11

    Mourning the Tremendous Loss of Robin Williams

    We feel profound sadness for the sudden news, that the world has lost Robin Williams. This evening we echo the words of friend and director Tom Shadyac, "There is less light in the world today."  Our thoughts and prayers are with Robin's family.

  • Aug 02

    Next Year’s (2015) Festival: Oct 21-26, 2015

    More than a year away, the Washington West Film Festival announces it's 5th annual festival for 2015.  Save the date:  October 21-26, 2015.

  • Jun 10

    Six Interns From GMU Join Washington West

    The Washington West Film Festival welcomed six new interns to our team today from George Mason University's School of Theater & FIlm.  They will work this summer and fall assisting our various teams, including Production, Film Screening, Marketing & Research, and our Special Projects teams.

  • May 09

    First Film Announcement - Alum & Sundance 2014 Winner

    The Washington West Film Festival is very pleased to announce our first 2014 official selection.  'Fishing Without Nets' won the 2014 Sundance Best Director Award for U.S. Feature Film. Cutter Hodierne is an alum of the Washington West Film Festival, grew up in Arlington, VA, and returns this October with his acclaimed feature length narrative.

  • Apr 22

    Six Months to Washington West Film Fest

    6 months and counting to our best festival yet, October 22 - 26, 2014!

  • Feb 22

    Amazing 2nd Team Day Aiding Homeless Families!

    Wow, we're just blown away.  Over EIGHTY festival attendeeds joined together last Saturday and today to help improve the facilities at Shelter House, tangibly aiding families to move from homelessness to permanent housing and full-time employment. Story can change the world!

  • Feb 15

    Serve Day #1 of 2 Assisting Shelter House and Homeless Families

    Today over forty Washington West festival attendees volunteered together to aid Shelter House in Fairfax Co, improving permanent housing for homeless families. A very big thank you for such a successful day!


  • Nov 13

    2013 Project Will Aid the Homeless in Fairfax County

    We invite you, as part of our Washington West family, to help us serve our local community. If you are interested in joining our efforts to help the homeless in Fairfax County, send an email to and our team will give you details regarding dates and projects in the upcoming weeks.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Washington West Film Festival presents a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to Ed Asner, winner of 5 Golden Globes, 7 Emmys, and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Best Feature Documentary

    The Washington West Film Festival jury awards the 2013 Best Feature Documentary to The Genius of Marian, directed by Banker White.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Outstanding Directorial Debut

    The Washington West Film Festival awards the 2013 Outstanding Directorial Debut Film to Living On One Dollar, directed by Zach Ingrasci & Chris Temple. The award is presented by our inaugural 2012 Outstanding Directorial Debut winner, Brad Hall.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Best Feature Narrative

    The Washington West Film Festival jury awards the 2013 Best Feature Narrative to French film Just A Sigh, directed by Jérome Bonnell and starring Gabriel Byrne & Emmanuelle Devos.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Best Short Film Director

    The Washington West Film Festival jury awards the 2013 Best Short Film Director to David Schlussel for Setup Punch, starring Elijah Wood and Alia Shawkat.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Audience Choice for Best Short Film

    The Washington West Film Festival audiences award the 2013 Audience Choice for Best Short Film to Fool's Day, by Cody Blue Snider.

  • Oct 26

    2013 Award - Best Short Film

    From Awards Night, the Washington West Film Festival jury awards the 2013 Best Short Film to Iranian film Bishtar Az Do Saat (More Than Two Hours), directed by Ali Asgair.

  • Oct 25

    41 Films Fill The Weekend Slate

    Last night kicked off the 2013 festival and the screening of 41 films from Iran, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.  Films screen on campus at George Mason University, the Artisphere, the Angelika Film Center, and Reston Town Center.

  • Oct 24

    Opening Night Film brings audiences to their feet

    After the tears, the Washington West audience cheered on their feet for co-directors Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, following this evening's Opening Night screening of their inspiring Living On One Dollar.

  • Oct 23

    Legendary Composer Interviews at Pre-Fest Music Event

    Washington West Advisory Board Member, W.G. Snuffy Walden (The West Wing, The Wonder Years, Thirty Something, Friday Night Lights, Nashville), was interviewed tonight by festival Director of Operations, Samantha Dols, at the Artisphere pre-fest celebration of Music In Film.

  • Oct 22

    ‘12 Years A Slave’ actress joins us

    As major Oscar contender '12 Years A Slave' enters theaters, actress Ashley Dyke (Anna) joins Washington West as a 2013 Jury member and will be interviewed about her experience in the film during our Closing Night Awards ceremony.

  • Oct 21

    Opening Night Film & Party is Sold Out

    Though our Opening Night Film & Party are sold out Thurs evening, forty addtional films are available for purchase.  Simply click 'FILMS' to see a description of each, or Schedule & Tix to see the calendar of screenings.

  • Oct 18

    Check out today’s Huffington Post

    Read today's Huffington Post for more info on our 3rd annual festival, kicking off next Wednesday!

  • Oct 09

    Radio Interview

    Our founder, Brad Russell, was recently interviewed in the WTOP studios about the 2013 festival.   Listen to radio interview here. 

  • Sep 18

    2013 Opening Night Film

    The Washington West Film Festival announced this morning - our 2013 Opening Night Film is Living On One Dollar, a revealing documentary about four young men who ventured on an eight week trek into a part of the world few Americans can comprehend.  Living On One Dollar documents the journey which changed their lives, their relationships, and their view of themselves. 

  • Sep 10

    Short Film Programs

    Our 2013 film lineup will include two Short Film Programs, which together comprise thirteen films from the United States, Iran, France, and the United Kingdom. Filmmakers will be in attendance for each screening. Tickets go on sale Sept 20th!

  • Sep 03

    2014 Dates Announced

    We're pleased to announce the 2014 Washington West Film Festival dates are set for Weds, October 22 - Sun, October 26, 2014.  

  • Aug 31

    The Rider And The Storm qualifies for an Oscar

    Congratulations to David Darg and Bryn Mooser's 2013 film The Rider And The Storm, which qualified today for Oscar consideration. See the film during our festival, October 23rd - 27th. Tickets on sale mid-September!

  • Aug 12

    Ed Asner joins us in 2013

    7-time Emmy winning actor Ed Asner will offer Q&As at this year's Washington West Film Festival.  Tickets go on sale mid-September!

  • Aug 08

    2013 announcements coming

    Our 2013 film festival is fast approaching, and our new season of information and film announcements will begin on August 30th!

  • Jul 02

    Music In Film at Washington West

    We are so very pleased to announce a new element to the Washington West Film Festival, what we are calling Music In Film.  Our kickoff event on Weds, Oct 23 at the Artisphere in Rosslyn will introduce music to our festival scene, and our more comprehensive Music In Film program will begin in 2014.

  • Jun 13

    Official Selection: The Genius of Marian

    Washington West is thrilled to announce its first Official Film Selection of 2013, The Genius of Marian, a remarkable documentary about one family's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease: A story of loss, art, and the meaning of family. Co-Directors will be in attendance.

  • Jan 11

    2013 Oscar Nomination

    It is with great excitement that Washington West congratulates “Buzkashi Boys” director Sam French and producer Ariel Nasr on their film’s Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short! An Official Selection of the 2012 Washington West Film Festival, “Buzkashi Boys” -- set against the dramatic landscape of Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi -- is a ground-breaking…


  • Nov 03

    2012 Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature Film

    Washington West Film Festival 2012 Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature Film is awarded to 'An Article of Hope' - directed by Dan Cohen, executive-produced by Tom Hanks.

  • Nov 03

    2012 Audience Award for Best Short Film

    Washington West Film Festival 2012 Audience Award for Best Short Film goes to '92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card' - directed by NYC filmmaker Todd Sklar.

  • Nov 03

    2012 Excellence In Film & Story Award

    Our unique and annual Festival-President's Excellence in Film and Story Award is presented to Tom Shadyac. Washington West Film Festival president and founder, Brad Russell, presents this annual distinction, this year to Tom, noting Tom's extraodrinary career of story-telling on screen (Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, more), but equally noting the remarkable…

  • Nov 03

    2012 Jury Award for Best Short Film

    Washington West Film Festival 2012 Jury Award for Best Short Film winner is 'Baseball in the Time of Cholera' - directed by David Darg and Bryn Mooser, produced by Olivia Wilde, Elon Musk, and Sal Masakela.

  • Nov 03

    Outstanding Debut Film Award

    Washington West Film Festival 2012 Outstanding Debut Film By A Director is awarded to Brad Hall for 'Picture Paris'.  Respected early in his career as a writer and actor for SNL, Brad's numerous acting and writing accomplishments now include film writer/director.

  • Nov 03

    2012 Jury Award for Best Short Film Director

    Washington West Film Festival 2012 Jury Award for Best Short Film Director goes to Cutter Hodierne, director of 'Fishing Without Nets'. Cutter won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Short Filmmaking.

  • Nov 03

    2012 Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film

    Washington West Film Festival 2012 Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film winner is 'Sal' (Chile, Argentina) - a modern-day western directed by incredible rising talent Diego Rougier.

  • Nov 02

    Packed Houses at Washington West

    Tickets are still available for certain screenings, but we're thrilled with the packed venues, sell outs, and the tremendous respnonse to our films. Thank you to the best audiences in the world!

  • Nov 01

    Capacity Crowd for Opening Night 2012

    Every seat was filled for our Opening Night documentary film, The Keenan Kampa Story, with the director and four family members from the film in attendance. Atrium Catering & Design provided a fantastic Opening Night party at CenterStage.

  • Oct 28

    Weather update - Sun evening

    The DC area is just beginning to experience wind and rain (Sun evening), and the worst is expected to be tomorrow evening (Mon) into the night and moving out of the DC region on Tuesday.  First and foremost, our concern in the coming 36 hours is for the safety of people in the storm's path, especially further north in New Jersey, New York, and New England. Hurricane Sandy is a current example…

  • Oct 19

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus and director Brad Hall

    Washington West is pleased to announce that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will join husband and director, Brad Hall, for his Director's Spotlight and screening of their short film Picture Paris, followed by an extended Q&A with both filmmakers, on Saturday, November 3 at 4:00pm.

  • Oct 12

    2012 Closing Night Film Announced

    Executive Produced by Tom Hanks, and directed by DC-native Dan Cohen, the very inspiring documentary An Article of Hope will close the 2012 Washington West Film Festival.

  • Sep 27

    2012 Fest Announcement - Acclaimed Director Tom Shadyac

    The Washington West Film Festival is very pleased to announce a 2012 Director's Spotlight screening with Hollywood director Tom Shadyac.  Director of Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, and many legendary and comedic films, the Fairfax County native will screen his documentary I AM, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

  • Sep 19

    Successful Private Preview Event at Angelika

    To an audience of more than 220, we introduced our unique festival vision, previewed two fantasic short films from our 2012 lineup - '92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card & Baseball in the Time of Cholera - and conducted an engaging Q & A with alumni filmmakers, David Darg and Bryn Mooser. Thank you to everyone for joining our story!

  • Sep 07

    Audi DC Group Named 2012 Premiere Sponsor

    The premiere luxury car of the Washington DC area has become the premiere car of the Washington West Film Festival.

  • Aug 27

    The Hyatt Regency at Reston Town Center is Festival Headquarters

    The magnificent Hyatt Regency Hotel is named a Major Sponsor and the Official Headquarters of the Washington West Film Festival in Nov.

  • Jul 20

    Our Hearts for Aurora Victims

    All at the Washington West Film Festival are heartbroken for the victims in Aurora. Our hearts and prayers go out to those whose lives were turned upside down early this morning. We still very much believe in the power of story – our story and yours – to aid those who suffer from poverty and tragedy. – The Washington West team & family

  • Apr 24

    Films Pouring In

    Film submissions arrive every day from around the world as we anticipate a fantastic 2nd year at Washington West.

  • Feb 23

    Ad Agency

    We’re very pleased to announce that the largest Ad Agency in the mid-Atlantic, LM&O Advertising, here in Arlington, has become the Official Advertising Agency of the Washington West Film Festival.


  • Nov 03

    Opening Night Packed House

    The Washington West Film Festival opened to a capacity audience tonight for HBO's The Loving Story, at Reston Town Center's Bow Tie Cinemas with all three - the film’s director, editor, and attorney from the film in attendance.

  • Oct 24

    HBO Film to Open Festival

    Washington West is very pleased to announce that HBO’s recently acquired film, The Loving Story, is the festival’s Opening Night Film for Thurs, Nov. 3, 2011.

  • Aug 15

    2010 Academy Award Nominee

    Nominated for 2010 Best Short Film, Kavi director will screen his award-winning film and conduct a filmmakers workshop at Washington West.

  • Aug 08

    Official Photographer Selected

    Studio563 from Austin, TX signs on as a 2011 sponsor of Washington West, and will shoot our November festival as official photographer.