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For a film fest seeking to distinguish itself by, among other things, “highlighting those from the burgeoning D.C. film community,” the 2005 D.C. Shorts Film Festival has a list of films actually produced by D.C. filmmakers that’s, um, a little short. Fewer than a quarter of the 66 films screening as part of the festival’s second go-round actually come from our nation’s capital (and surrounding areas). Greenbelt-based computer-animation whiz Zachary Brewster-Geisz probably doesn’t have any complaints, though. He’s the only filmmaker with two shorts running this year: Soap Opera, a five-minute Don Giovanni parody performed by a shampoo bottle, a sponge, and a bar of soap; and , which follows the 55-second-long adventure of an Escape key that frees itself briefly from its keyboard confines. Be sure to bring your ma to see JoDee Samuelson’s Le Voyage de Marbelle, an animated, lighthearted look at menopause, when the festival screens (programs are Friday through Sunday; see Showtimes for a complete schedule) at 3, 6, and 9 p.m. at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $12. (202) 452-7672. (Matthew Borlik)