A 20 YEAR WASHINGTON DC ANNUAL SUMMER TRADITION
The Comcast Xfinity Film Festival has always been a pioneer in outdoor movie presentation with the largest outdoor movie screens in the United States and state of the art cinema and digital projection. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Festival returns to the beautiful grounds of Strathmore. Thanks to ongoing support from Comcast and their sponsors, the festival and the NIH Charities have had ongoing success and support.
HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL
The event began in 1996 on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health and remained there until the events of 9/11 eliminated public access to the grounds of NIH. The film festival then moved to several other locations including the grounds of Strathmore on Rockville Pike in Bethesda, MD. After several years as a drive-in movie theater (albeit for only three nights a summer), at MCPS Board of Education the Festival this summer returns to Strathmore for its 20th Anniversary.
The Festival is produced by Outdoor Movies, a leading provider of film festival and outdoor screen technology with clients in 40 countries.
The film festival’s proceeds have gone towards the NIH Children’s Charities for its entire existence. The charities include: The Children’s Inn is a private residence for pediatric patients at NIH and their families. Special Love provides cancer families a network of support, which includes retreats and outings known as Camp Fantastic. Friends of the Clinical Center provides emergency financial assistance to help patients and their families.
Comcast is the largest mass media and communications company in the world. They provide cable, Internet and telephone services to households and businesses alike. Comcast gives back to communities they serve by empowering, strengthening, and connecting neighborhoods. In result, this organization has proudly sponsored the festival for eighteen years, and the success has been a direct result of their continued support. Thank you, Comcast!