The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF) is a non-profit, volunteer-run annual film festival established in 2011 that showcases the work of Palestinianfilmmakers and artists in Palestine and in diaspora, showcasing the range and complexity of Palestinian identities and narratives. The DCPFAF aims to bring together Washington, DC's various communities through art, catalyzing conversations about film, culture, and diaspora, utilizing the lens of Palestinian filmmakers as an entry point.
In 2011, a group of three dedicated young women founded the DCPFAF to create a platform for the artistic creativity of Palestinians, primarily through film but also through visual art, music, and other mediums. The stories shared in the DCPFAF are not necessarily about Palestine in relation to Israeli occupation and apartheid, nor are they stories necessarily about Palestinians. The aim of the DCPFAF is to reflect the dynamic formation of a transnational identity common to Palestinians and diasporic communities in general.
The DCPFAF launched in September 2011 after a successful two-day teaser festival that May. The DCPFAF, an entirely volunteer-run project, is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-governmental organization and a registered 501(c)3 entity.