We are excited to see you at the 3rd annual GIDC! Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
Q. Do you provide a Visa Letter of Invitation to visit the United States?
A. Yes! Click the link here for our Invitation Letter Request and Generator. More questions can be answered in this link.
Q. Do you provide travel stipend and accommodation for filmmakers?
A. Unfortunately, we do not offer travel stipend or accommodation at this time for filmmakers.
Q. Which airports are best to fly into?
A. The closest airport to the Renaissance Marriott is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Other airports are Washington Dulles International Airports (IAD) and Baltimore Washington National Airport (BWI).
Q. How can I get from the airport to the hotel?
A. There are several options. You can take a LYFT and use code DCBX to save $20 off your first ride for new riders! You can also take the Metro. If you plan on flying in, click here to see exact Metro options from each airport.
Q. Are rooms still available?
A. Room are selling out fast! Last year we sold out the week before! Get your room now by calling the Renaissance Downtown DC for the most up-to-date information on rooms available. Telephone: 202-898-9000 and mention “DCBX” to get our discount rate of $152 a night! Or click here to book online.
Q. How do I make a Room Reservation?
A. Click here to book your room online at or call Renaissance Downtown DC at 202-898-9000. Don’t forget to mention you are coming to the DCBX event! NOTE: If the online system gives an error, chances are that the room you are requesting is sold out. In this case, please call the hotel for best room availability.
Q. What is the difference between Single and Doubles offered by the Hotel?
A. Single and Doubles refer to the number of beds in the Room. A Single Room means one bed. A Double refers to a room with two Queen size beds generally. Call the Hotel for other options and an accurate description of the rooms.
Q. How much is a hotel room?
A. DCBX has a special rate of $152 plus tax for single bedrooms and double bedrooms. You must either book through the online system or call and mention DCBX.
Q. Are there other stay options?
A. Absolutely! Airbnb is a great option for those who don’t want to spend as much. We went ahead and scoped out this place for $89/night. There are plenty of places like these near the hotel.
Q. Does the Hotel Sell Out?
A. Yes, the Hotel has historically sold out in the past years. If you are planning on coming or are not sure, you can certainly book your room with the option of cancelling the reservation without penalty from the Hotel up to one week before the event. For other Hotel policies on cancellation, please visit here for official rules by the Hotel.
Q. What should I wear to the event?
A. The screenings for the film festival are considered casual dress. There are events at night where attendees may want to dress to impress, but it is not mandatory.
Q. How is the weather in DC in August?
A. Although the weather can be unpredictable, it is usually hot in August. We suggest bringing light clothing during the day if you plan on walking around and seeing the famous monuments in our Nation’s capital. The event does take place inside a well air-conditioned hotel and it can get chilly so we advise to bring layers for events inside.
Q. What else is there to do around the hotel?
A. You’re just moments away from some of the most famous things to do and experience in the Nation’s Capital, including Chinatown, the White House, the National Portrait Gallery, and much more.
Q. Where and how much is parking at the hotel?
A. There are three options for parking. Street parking is available on a first-come first-serve basis around the perimeter of the hotel. Parking is offered by the hotel with in and out privileges at the rate of $35 a night (Price may vary. Check with the hotel for updated pricing for their parking facility). Second option is PMI Parking located directly in front of the Hotel, however, with no in and out privileges. The hotel has limited parking and Parking fills up quickly!
The third option is to take a Lyft! To avoid the parking fiasco, catch a lift by using our LYFT code DCBX to save $20 off your first ride for new riders! Simply download the app in your app store or play store and put in the promotional code DCBX to save!
WINING & DINING
Q. Are there any dining options at the Hotel?
A. Yes, there are over 100+ restaurants just blocks around the Hotel. Make sure to check out our partnering restaurants and mention you are with the DCBX to get special deals! Check here for announcements.