Wednesday, March 10, 2010

DCIFF: Everything You Need to Know!

We're just a few short days away from the premiere of Ghosts Don't Exist! The sold-out event at the DC Independent Film Festival promises to be a bit chaotic, so we wanted to make sure guests know exactly where they're going—and get there on time.

Here are a few things you'll need to know (and remember!):

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 4:30 PM

U.S. Navy Memorial Museum | Heritage Center, Burke Theatre

701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

(Entrance: between D Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, at 8th Street)

Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter metro stop on the Green/Yellow line
Parking: Public parking lots surround the block, and average $7 per hour.

Coming from Pennsylvania Aveune, you'll see the entrances to the Naval Heritage Center just across the courtyard in the building to your right. There should be some DCIFF signage near the doors, as well.

The will call desk is located directly inside the entrance, and is staffed by DCIFF volunteers. It's very likely that there will be a line extending into the courtyard, as the lobby is quite small. If you have to pick up your tickets (guests who purchased a 10-pack or more) you'll need to pick them up at will call. Remember to bring your receipt—this will help expedite the line tremendously!

If your tickets were emailed to you, remember to print them out and bring them! You should be able to bypass the will call line completely if you have your ticket with you. There will be a DCIFF volunteer stationed at the stairs, leading down to the main reception area. They will check your tickets and allow you inside.

However, if you still wish to purchase tickets to the Closing Ceremony/Reception (see below) you will have to do so at the will call desk. At the time of this post, $20 tickets are still available for the closing reception online. So if you can, just buy them in advance online and skip will call entirely. Reception tickets (if still available at the door) will be $25.

The theater is located just beyond the reception area, and seats 242. Again, the event is already sold out, so you'll definitely want to get there early—especially if you're planning to sit together with a group. And if you didn't get tickets already, we're afraid you may have missed the boat (naval pun unintended). There are no tickets being sold at the door, unfortunately.

Several people have also asked about the other films being screened that evening, and when Ghosts Don't Exist will actually be shown. The other two films are animated shorts—2 and 7-minute films, respectively. GDE will start soon after—another reason to definitely get there on time! ;)

The Ceremony/Reception/After-party
We're still a bit in the dark about what the DCIFF has planned for after the show. There apparently will be a brief awards ceremony, and a screening of highlights from this year's Best of the Fest films. There will be food and drink at the actual Closing Reception, however, which is why DCIFF has to sell tickets. This will all take place right there on the premises, in the main reception area.

Closing Reception tickets are still available online for the advance price of $20 (they'll be $25 at the door, if they haven't sold out.)

The 19th + Wilson team will be hanging out for the entire event, and mingling with other DC filmmakers and fans, so we hope you will do the same! If you're unable to stick around for the after party, there should be ample opportunity to mingle nonetheless. Please make sure you stop by and say hello!

Lastly, 19W is hosting a little celebration the night before at the Midtown Loft—open to all fans of Ghosts Don't Exist, whether you're able to make it to the premiere Sunday or not!

Join us Saturday night, March 13th from 7–9PM. Check out the Facebook event page to RSVP, and we hope to see you there as well!

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