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When organizers announced recently that this year’s Filmfest DC would almost certainly be its last, area cinephiles might have been saddened, but they shouldn’t have been shocked. The 28-year-old festival, known increasingly for its potpourri of middlebrow international films and flicks with a social-justice bent, faced increasing competition from the dozens of other film festivals that are centered in or pass through the area each year. Fortunately for film fans, D.C.’s increasingly dense film-fest calendar means it should be that much easier to assemble a Filmfest simulacrum once the event expires.

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