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Washington Business Journal: Apartment Opening Doubles as Film Festival

September 15, 2009

A new D.C. event called Capture D.C. Life unites a film contest with the grand opening of apartments near Columbia Heights.

People are being asked to submit original short films -- around one to five minutes long -- about D.C. life. The winning films will be shown at the rooftop grand opening of Park Place on Oct. 8. The 161 modern boutique apartments at 850 Quincy St. NW sit above the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro stop.

Bethesda-based Donatelli Development built the property, which is managed by Bozzuto Management.

The opening idea came about because Donatelli’s marketing director is a huge film buff, so when the opportunity to sponsor this month’s D.C. Shorts Film Festival came up he also wanted to involve the community through a first-ever contest.

Chris Donatelli, president, says that “presenting diverse views of D.C. lifestyle is the perfect match for celebrating the official opening.”

Other sponsors on board include On Tap magazine, Ketel One and Stella Artois. Film submissions are being accepted through Sept. 25.

A $1,000 grand prize and a $500 runner-up check will be awarded by members of the local film community, and there will also be a people’s choice award.