Community Stories Festival

2016 Community Stories Festival: Save the Dates of November 9-12

Wednesday, November 9 - Opening Night Screenings at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Thursday, November 10 - Showcase Screenings at Takoma Park Community Center
Friday, November 11 - Partner Program with Wheaton Film Festival at Chuck Levin's Music
Saturday, November 12 - Community Workshops at Docs In Progress

We are now accepting submissions of documentaries about local people, places, history, and happenings. If you have a documentary produced within the past two years which is spotlights Montgomery County or other places in Maryland, Washington DC, or Northern Virginia, consider submitting. The deadline to submit is August 31.  Find out more.

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. 

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.