Welcome to the Dam Short Film Festival 2018-02-14T16:00:29+00:00

Nevada’s Largest Film Festival

Each February, filmmakers and film fans travel from all over the world and descend upon Boulder City, Nevada and celebrate the art of short film. Nevada’s favorite cultural event, the 14th Annual Dam Short Film Festival will present over 100 short films in all styles and genres.

120+ Short Films

Categories for the 15th Annual Dam Short Film Festival include Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Horror, Animation, Student, Music Video, and Nevada Filmmaker, presented in 20+ thematic program blocks over four days. It’s an experience that’s guaranteed to enlighten, entertain, and inspire.

Parties and Events

Network and party with filmmakers and film fans alike. Join us for a schedule of events that includes the Filmmaker Panel, Filmmaker Meet-n-Greet, 15th Dam Mixer, Awards Gala, Film Market, special screenings and more. Fire breathing events may vary by season.

Amazing Venue

Experience the 400-seat beautifully-restored Boulder Theatre and learn more about the place that we call home: Boulder City, the Town that Built the Hoover Dam.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Racing across the galaxy to save a planet, solving the mystery of a missing fortune cookie, or overcoming disabilities to run a marathon up a mountainside: we’ve presented thousands of amazing films on our screen over the years. The creativity of independent filmmakers making the films they want to make and telling the stories they want to tell brings moviegoers back to The Dam Short Film Festival season after season.

At the Dam Short Film Festival, it’s the audience that chooses the award winners. After each screening, audience members receive a voting chip and struggle to select a favorite film of the program. Festival organizers tabulate the results, and the best films take home the one-of-a-kind awards, each hand-crafted by a local artist.

On the final night of the festival, the anticipation builds as everyone gathers for the Best of the Fest Award Winner Screening, when the winners are finally revealed and the top films claim their prizes.

up-arrow-iconOur Selection Committee previews submissions from all over the world and from our own backyard to come up with a unique collection of films that you can’t see anywhere else, resulting in a program lineup that has something for everyone.


Best Drama
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Sci-Fi/Horror
Best Nevada Filmmaker
Best Student
Best Music Video
Best of the Fest

Final Draft Best Screenplay
Leslie Paige Award for Excellence in Short Filmmaking

The Boulder Theatre

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Boulder Theatre provides a very special venue for all of the festival’s screenings. The Boulder Theatre was built in 1933 by Fox Theaters and was the only air-conditioned building in town, serving as Boulder City’s movie house for many years. No longer able to compete against the large cineplexes of Las Vegas, the quaint theatre eventually shuttered its doors and was subsequently purchased by actor/musician Desi Arnaz Jr. and his wife Amy in 1997, who restored the building to its former glory.

Projecting all its films in Digital Cinema Package format, the 400-seat Boulder Theatre is the permanent home of The Dam Short Film Festival.

Boulder City, Nevada

What an amazing place! Boulder City offers all the small town charm you can handle (seriously, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time) and is only minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. When you’re not watching movies at the Dam Short Film Festival, there’s boating on Lake Mead, discovering treasures in the many antique shops, guided bike tours along the trails of Bootleg Canyon, or dining at one of our unique restaurants. Boulder City is a great place to spend the day!

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Chris Christensen & Dolores Zacconi
Robert & Lori Merrell
Sabina & Allen Duke


 Robert & Toni Fahnestock


Brian Johnson
Gary & Ruth Lanier
Eric & Barb Lanier
Tom O’Farrell & Carol Jefferies
Lynn & Linda Lanier
Paul Traudt & Sue Phillips
Karen Pellouchoud
Anne Wallgren & Howard Analla
Paula Petruso
Dale Napier
Pam Adams & Jim Dingess


Phyllis & Fred Bachhuber
Carol Campbell
Harold & Katherine Begley
Kathy Pontius
Doug Scheppmann, State Farm
Healing Hands Esthetics
Nicola Collins