The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival is a non-profit, volunteer-run annual festival that showcases the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. The stories told through our festival reflect the dynamic formation of a transnational identity common to Palestinians, and diasporic communities more generally.
In 2011, a group of three dedicated young women founded the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF) to create a platform for the artistic creativity of Palestinians, primarily through film but also through visual art, music, and other mediums. We officially launched DC-PFAF in September 2011 after a successful 2-day teaser festival in May. Securing an exciting range of high-profile and experimental films while attracting a wide variety of audiences gave us the validation to push forward and institute the festival as an annual event. In order to ensure the sustainability of this young project, currently in its fifth year, the team expanded its network of volunteers, incorporated in Washington, DC as a non-governmental organization, and is now a registed 501(c)3 entity. This festival would not be possible without the generous support of our institutional and private donors, as well as our co-sponsors.