Dam Short Film Festival Features Student, Animation, Action, And Regional Films Today


The Dam Short Film Festival is scheduled to showcase student films from the College of Southern Nevada at 11am today. The work comes from the Videography and Film Program at the College of Southern Nevada. Cohosted by CSN Instructors John Aliano and Sean Collett. 

The film festival in its third day is also set to feature a selection of animated films at 1:45pm today. Work from filmmakers in Thailand, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Kenya, and other countries are set to feature. 

For action film fans the festival will feature five short films at 3:30pm today. At 8pm there will be a showcase featuring filmmakers from Nevada. Later at night at 930pm the festival will feature “DSFF Naughties,” which are films for the more adult crowd. 

The day will end with a mixer at 6:39pm at the Boulder Dam Brewing Company. 


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 at the 15th Annual Dam Short Film Festival. This year the festival will present over 100 short films in all styles and genres. The film festival is scheduled for February 7-10 at the Boulder Theatre.

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.

At the Dam Short Film Festival, it’s the audience that chooses the award winners. After each screening, audience members receive a voting chip 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.


According to reviews from FilmFreeway users, the Dam Short Film Festival ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 7,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world.

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.

More info: damshortfilm.org

Jorge Lara