THE 18th ANNUAL DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FEB. 10 IN VIRTUAL FORMAT


The Dam Short Film Society is proudly keeping the 18th Annual Dam Short Film Festival online as a virtual event. Offering all the great qualities of past festivals – including excellent and diverse programming, filmmaker Q&As, and scheduled virtual events that give audiences and filmmakers the opportunity to mix, mingle and learn about these original stories from around the world – the 2022 Festival remains COVID-friendly and more accessible than ever before. The festival runs Feb. 10-14.

“We received so much positive feedback on the virtual experience last year and are excited to be able to stay true to our mission of making original, unusual and entertaining short films available to the general public for our 18th Annual Festival,” said Lee Lanier, Dam Short Film Festival Co-Founder and Director of Continuity. “The virtual aspect allows viewers to watch at their leisure, from anywhere in the U.S. at any time of the day or night. We love presenting the festival in person in Boulder City, but the virtual platform allows us to keep everyone safe while the pandemic lingers. We plan to return to the Boulder Theatre in 2023.”

Powered by Eventive, the Dam Short Film Festival’s virtual experience will offer viewers an on-demand screening experience, with tickets sold for entire households to enjoy rather than per person, like in years past. All-access household passes to the entire Festival, as well as household tickets to individual program blocks will be available. A full lineup of live-streaming events will be announced soon. For more information, visit damshortfilm.org.

The Dam Short Film Festival ranks in the top 1% of more than 12,000 film festivals and contests worldwide, as per FilmFreeway – the premier platform for festivals and filmmakers. The Las Vegas Review-Journal named the Festival Best of Las Vegas 2020 Bronze in the category of Best Arts & Culture Event. Throughout its 18 years, Dam Short Film Festival has screened more than 2,500 films – giving local, state, national, and international filmmakers a platform to showcase their films, and audiences access to these unique and original stories. Dam Short Film Festival is supported, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the state of Nevada. Funding to support this organization has been provided by Nevada Humanities through Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dam Short Film Festival, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2003 by Lee and Anita Lanier. The pair 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. In 2008, the festival moved to the historic Boulder Theatre. John LaBonney served as festival director from 2012 to 2019, expanding the scope of the event and reaching sell-out crowds. 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 several thousand unique independent short films during its history. For more information visit damshortfilm.org; like on Facebook @damshortfilm; and follow on Twitter @damshortfilm and Instagram @damshortfilm.