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OUR MISSION

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.

ABOUT THE DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

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Lee and Anita Lanier, photo from the first newspaper article to feature the festival, 2004

The Dam Short Film Festival, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2003 by Lee and Anita Lanier. They both developed a love of short films while traveling to numerous film festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Lee worked in film production and computer animation since 1989 and directed a half-dozen short films.

Today, the Dam Short Film Festival has become a traditional Southern Nevada cultural event that attracts thousands of visitors to Boulder City each February. The festival has welcomed scores of filmmakers from all over the world and has screened over one thousand unique independent short films during its history.

2003 – Dam Short Film Society formed
2005 – 1st Dam Short Film Festival Held
2007 – Film Market Added
2008 – Dam Short Film Festival moves into Boulder Theatre
2011 – Dam Short Film Festival begins accepting digital submissions
2012 – Digital Film Market introduced
2014 – First five-day schedule of screenings and events
2016 – Dam Short Film Festival begins Digital Cinema Package format projection
2017 – Leslie Paige Award for Excellence in Short Filmmaking introduced

THE BOULDER THEATRE
Our Home in Boulder City

BC 4 [Boulder Theatre (7.28.32)]

The 400-seat Boulder Theatre was once Boulder City’s movie house. Built in 1931, for years it was the only air-conditioned building in the area. In 1999, actor/musician Desi Arnaz Jr. and his wife Amy purchased the theatre and have since restored the building to its former glory.

In 2008, The Dam Short Film Festival moved from its previous location at the American Legion Hall to its permanent home at the Boulder Theatre.

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2016-2017 DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lee Lanier
Lee LanierExecutive Director / Co-Founder
Lee Lanier has worked as a professional computer animator and VFX (visual effects) artist since 1994. He has over 70 features, shorts, music videos, trailers, and commercials to his credit. His work has been featured at such venues as Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution. A strong supporter of the arts, Lee co-founded the Dam Short Film Festival – Nevada’s largest film festival – and continues to serve as its Executive Director.
John LaBonney
John LaBonneyFestival Director
John LaBonney is an award-winning filmmaker and has a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University. His work has appeared on television in North and South America and his film Barn Dance was an Official Selection at The Dam Short Film Festival in 2009. John was appointed Director of the Festival in 2011, and oversees all festival operations.
Keith A. Holloman
Keith A. HollomanBoard of Directors
Keith A. Holloman is a graduate of the Arts Institute with a degree in Video Production. He runs KAH Production and does film and video work in Southern Nevada and owns a website hosting services company. Keith manages projection and video production for the festival and works with submissions.
Tsvetelina Stefanova
Tsvetelina StefanovaBoard of Directors
Tsvetelina Stefanova is the master of all things social media. She is a founding member of the independent rock band Same Sex Mary and operates Bad Moon Booking, a Las Vegas based booking agency focused on getting local talent out on the road. Tsvet acts as the festival’s Sponsorship Manager and handles the festival’s social media accounts.

DSFF STAFF

Kathy Pontius
Kathy PontiusVolunteer Coordinator
Kathy Pontius graduated from UNLV with a degree in Hotel Management and has a wide array of volunteer experience for organizations such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Shriners Hospitals for Children PGA Golf Tournament, the Utah Summer Games, and the Cedar City July Jamboree. With several years of experience as a DSFF volunteer, Kathy joined the staff as Volunteer Coordinator in 2016.

THE DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FORMER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE

Kirk Buckendorf
Ken Cioe
Nicky Collins
Ihla Crowley
Michelle LaBonney
Anita Lanier
Art Lynch
Leslie Paige
Kae Pohe