Community Stories Festival

Thank you to all who attended our 2016 Community Stories Festival.

Join us for a special free encore screening of our Community Stories Student Showcase on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Find out more.

Save the dates of November 15-18, 2017 for our Eighth Annual Community Stories Festival.

Have a documentary film about people, places, history, or happenings in the Washington DC Metropolitan area? Submissions are now open for our 2017 festival.



Docs In Progress is proud to be based in diverse, vibrant, and historic Montgomery County, Maryland just outside Washington DC. We also believe in the power of documentary to bring community together. Our annual Community Stories Festival highlights the stories of people, places, and events from our local community. The festival is open to the public and gives local residents a chance to learn more about their communities and meet both the filmmakers and people featured in the films.

The festival features films made by professional filmmakers in our community which spotlight local stories, as well as works produced by adults and youth in our our production classes and camps. To allow these first-time filmmakers to focus on learning effective storytelling and the technical aspects of using a camera and editing equipment, we identify local individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits for the students to profile in short videos. 

In 2016, the festival featured three screening programs, a panel on getting started in documentary filmmaking, and workshops on how to get great interviews and make documentaries with a smart phone. The festival was made possible through the support of: 


Below are just a handful of Community Stories profile videos which have been made over the years. You can see even more on our Youtube page.