Dam Short Film Festival

Dam Short Film Festival
1022 Nevada Highway, #204
89005
Boulder City, Nevada, United States

Tel: (702) 509-4326

2020, Finished
Thu 13th Feb to Sun 16th Feb

Festival Overview

Nevada’s Largest Film Festival

Recognizing that short film is a unique and valuable art form, the Dam Short Film Festival aims to seek out original, unusual, and entertaining short films from around the world and make them available to the general public via the annual Dam Short Film Festival.

The 16th Annual Dam Short Film Festival will be held February 13-16, 2020, in beautiful and historic Boulder City, Nevada, and will feature 120+ short films of varied style, subject, and origin.

Submission categories include Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Sci-Fi/Horror, Music Video, Student, and Nevada Filmmaker. Films from all years are invited to submit and there is no premiere requirement.

The Festival will feature an Awards Screening, Post-Awards Party, 16th Dam Mixer, Meet-n-Greet, and other parties and events.

Boulder City, home of the Hoover Dam, is 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and only four hours from Los Angeles. Screenings will be held at the beautiful and historic 400-seat Boulder Theatre, located in charming downtown Boulder City.

Selected filmmakers will receive access to all screenings, parties and events, and will receive fine swag, hotel discounts, and a travel per diem.

Awards

The 16th Annual Dam Short Film Festival has eight award categories, all based on audience votes: Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Sci-Fi / Horror, Best Music Video, Best Nevada Filmmaker, and Best Student. In addition, there is one Best of the Fest award, also chosen by the audience. Award winners receive a one-of-a-kind award statuette made by a local artist. The Leslie Paige Award for Excellence in Short Filmmaking will be awarded by the festival board of directors; in addition to a special award statue, the Leslie includes a $1000 cash award. Award winners are determined by the festival board of directors and all decisions are final.

Genres

Action Adaptation Adventure Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Children Comedy Crime Disaster Documentary Drama Educational Experimental Family Fantasy Foreign Language French Gay and Lesbian Ghost Historical Horror Independent Jewish Medical Music Video Musical Mystery National Natural History Noir Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Sport Spy Student Supernatural Teen Thriller Travel War Western Women

Apply via Film Freeway

Known festival contacts Contacts
Lee Lanier
Director of Continuity
Tsvetelina Stefanova
Director of Development
Keith Holloman
Submissions Manager / Technical Director

Entries

Open to the public

Eligibility:

1. The Dam Short Film Festival welcomes short films with any content and in any style, whether it be live-action, documentary, or animation. Entries must have a total runtime of 40 minutes or less. The year of production does not matter and there is no premiere requirement.

2. The festival has eight award categories, all based on audience votes: Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Sci-Fi / Horror, Best Music Video, Best Nevada Filmmaker, and Best Student. In addition, there is one Best of the Fest award, also chosen by the audience. Award winners receive a one-of-a-kind award statuette made by a local artist. The Leslie Paige Award for Excellence in Short Filmmaking will be awarded by the festival board of directors; in addition to a special award statue, the Leslie includes a $1000 cash award. Award winners are determined by the festival board of directors and all decisions are final.

3. The Student category is open to students only. The submitted film must have been created while the film's director or directors were enrolled at a school, college, or university.

4. The Nevada Filmmaker category is open to any short that was created while the director or directors were residents of Nevada, or any short in which production primarily took place in Nevada.

5. An online screener may be submitted for festival consideration. Entrants may also provide an online link to a submission copy of the film. Selected films, however, must provide one of the following formats for exhibition: DCP (Digital Cinema Package) or a .mov (Quicktime) with sufficient quality to convert to a DCP. Official Selections must submit an exhibition copy by January 26, 2020. Electronic/online delivery of exhibition copies is encouraged. Physical copies of exhibition copies mailed on thumb drives or disk drives will be returned after the festival. Failure to submit an exhibition copy by January 26, 2020 (if your film is selected) will disqualify your film from all award considerations. Once a film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn from the festival.

6. Non-English language films must be subtitled with subtitles in English or contain minimal dialog.

7. Selected films will be notified by email on or close to January 1, 2020.

8. A press kit is not required for submission. Upon selection, filmmakers are highly encouraged to provide a high-quality digital stills from the film if they are not already available via FilmFreeway.

9. The festival programmers do not share festival selection committee comments or ratings with the public or submitting filmmakers. In fairness to all filmmakers, fee waiver requests will be declined.

10. The festival programmers may program selected films in any category or programming block deemed appropriate; after announcement, the festival schedule cannot be changed.

11. All submission fees must be in U.S. funds. Films submitted without the correct payment will be disqualified.

Formats:

The Dam Short Film Festival accepts for submission short films in any style or genre with a total run time of 40 minutes or less.

You can submit your film to The Dam Short Film Festival online via FilmFreeway. If you like snail mail, you can download and mail in a paper submission form.

An online screener, Blu-Ray, or DVD preview copy may be submitted for festival consideration. Entrants may also provide an online link to a submission copy of the film. Selected films, however, must provide one of the following exhibition formats: Blu-Ray, DVD, or digital QuickTime .mov file with H.264 or MPEG4 compression. Exhibition copies must arrive at the festival office by January 25, 2020, so that they may be screened during the festival, February 13-16, 2020. No other formats will be accepted. By submitting to the 2016 Dam Short Film Festival, you agree to abide by these rules. Failure to submit an exhibition copy by January 25, 2020 (if your film is selected) will disqualify your film from all award considerations. Once a film is submitted and selected, it cannot be withdrawn from the festival.

Fees:

Call for Entries Begins! March 25, 2019
Extra Early Deadline May 13, 2019 Fee $25
Early Deadline July 1, 2019 Fee $30
Regular Deadline September 16, 2019 Fee $35
Late Deadline November 1, 2019 Fee $40

*Submissions in the Student category receive a $5 discount.

*Submissions in the Music Video and Nevada Filmmaker categories are $10 for all submission
deadlines.

*If you have a Gold Membership with Film Freeway, you receive a $5 discount off all categories and for all deadlines.

(Sorry, we are unable to offer fee waivers at this time.)

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