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The team behind the DC Shorts Film Festival says its 2011 edition will be the most robust festival yet. In a press release earlier today, the festival, which bills itself as the largest film event devoted to short films outside of California, announced a greatly increased slate of titles, a longer schedule, and additional venues.

This year’s DC Shorts, which runs from Sept. 8 to 18, boasts 145 clips, all running 20 minutes or less. And while the festival is going back to its usual haunts at Landmark’s E Street Cinema and the U.S. Navy Memorial, it will also screen some of its fare at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE and Artisphere in Rosslyn. Last year’s festival featured 97 entries.

Jon Gann, the festival’s director who also runs the D.C. Film Alliance, told Washington City Paper in January that this year’s DC Shorts would feature a creative partnership with the Embassy of Brazil. While the festival docket won’t be unveiled until next month, there is at least one Brazilian-themed event on the schedule so far: a Carnival-like party at the Artisphere on Sept. 10.