Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Feature: Boulder City's Dam Short Film Festival Returns for its 19th Year

The Dam Short Film Festival’s lineup includes over 150 short films, 30 programs, Q&As with the filmmakers.

Feature: Boulder City's Dam Short Film Festival Returns for its 19th Year

Photo by Denise Jans

The charming small town of Boulder City, Nevada will welcome movie lovers to enjoy Nevada's largest film festival in person after two years of virtual-only experiences. The 19th Annual Dam Short Film Festival will screen 153 short films in downtown Boulder City over a 5-day period, February 16-20.

Audiences will experience 31 60- to 90-minute program clusters featuring four to 12 films shown in categories including Comedy, Animation, Drama, Documentary, Sci-Fi, Horror, International, Nevada, Music Videos, Love & Romance, and Underground. In addition to the screenings, there will be a filmmakers' Q&A during each category block. This year's festival features films from countries including Mexico, Iceland, China, Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, France, and Poland. The festival will also repeat four of the most popular programs on Monday and screen every award-winning film in two special programs.

"We are very excited to be back in person," said Lee Lanier, Co-Founder and Director of Continuity of Dam Short Film Festival. "One of the great things about a film festival like ours is the opportunity to hang out with other film lovers and film makers. The response of watching a film sitting with other audience members is enhanced."

The short films will be enjoyed by audiences using state-of-the-art digital projection in the Elaine K. Smith Center located at 700 Wyoming St.

The festival will feature a Coffee with Filmmakers, Filmmaker Meet-n-Greet, and Dam Mixer. The Sunday night Awards Presentation will also be live-streamed so everyone can tune in to find out which films won the audience-determined awards.

Dam Short Film Festival, a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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 has worked in film production and computer animation since 1989 and directed six short films in the 1990s. In 2008, the festival moved to the historic Boulder Theatre. The festival has welcomed scores of filmmakers from all over the world and has screened several thousand unique independent short films during its history.

"We like the small-town atmosphere for the film festival," explains Lee, who also resides in Boulder City. "It is much more intimate and the events are closer together. It also brings in tourists and business to our town."

The Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the state of Nevada and the National Endowment for the Arts, funds the Dam Short Film Festival, in part. Nevada Humanities have funded this organization through Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tickets are $12.50 per film block or $150 for the complete five-day pass, $45 for a day pass on Thursday and Monday, and $50 for a day pass on Friday and Saturday are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the Festival Box Office. For more information or the full schedule of selected films, visit damshortfilm.org. Follow on Facebook @damshortfilm, Twitter @damshortfilm, and Instagram @damshortfilm.



Photos: POTTED POTTER Celebrates 1000th Show at The Magic Attic Photo
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff continues to cast a spell on Las Vegas!  The hit, family-friendly show celebrated its 1000th performance at The Magic Attic showroom inside Horseshoe Las Vegas on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Check out photos here!

Comedian Don Barnhart Brings More Laughter To Las Vegas With Nightly Residency Photo
From entertaining the troops around the world to headlining the top comedy clubs and cruise ships, comedian Don Barnhart sets the watermark high with his own residency in Las Vegas.

Feature: THE 19TH ANNUAL COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS HALL GALA TO HONOR BRAD GARRETT Photo
The 19th Annual College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame will honor those who have significantly impacted performing art, visual arts, and architecture in Southern Nevada. Iconic comedy club owner, Emmy, and SAG Award-winning actor, comedian, and writer, Brad Garrett, is known for his role as Robert Barone on the television series Everybody Loves Raymond. The gala celebration will be held in the Ballroom in the UNLV Student Union at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on March 21.

GRAMMY-Award Winner And Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Emanuel Ax Performs April 20 At  Photo
The UNLV Performing Arts Center welcomes sought-after GRAMMY-Award winning pianist Emanuel Ax to Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.


From This Author - Debbie Hall

Debbie Hall is a long-time resident of Las Vegas (43 years and counting) and has always loved the entertainment. Whether attending touring Broadway shows or high school productions, she enjoys... (read more about this author)


Feature: THE 19TH ANNUAL COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS HALL GALA TO HONOR BRAD GARRETTFeature: THE 19TH ANNUAL COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS HALL GALA TO HONOR BRAD GARRETT
March 17, 2023

The 19th Annual College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame will honor those who have significantly impacted performing art, visual arts, and architecture in Southern Nevada. Iconic comedy club owner, Emmy, and SAG Award-winning actor, comedian, and writer, Brad Garrett, is known for his role as Robert Barone on the television series Everybody Loves Raymond. The gala celebration will be held in the Ballroom in the UNLV Student Union at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on March 21.

Feature: Elyzabeth Diaga Returns to Las Vegas Performing the Queens of RockFeature: Elyzabeth Diaga Returns to Las Vegas Performing the Queens of Rock
March 16, 2023

Queens of Rock, a one-woman rock show starring Elyzabeth Diaga, celebrates the music of the greatest female rock icons of the last four decades. She will pay homage to over 15 legends in Queens of Rock, performing at the Orleans Showroom at The Orleans on March 20, March 23, March 24, and March 25.

Feature: APPROACHING ALI showcases the friendship between the Greatest and a fan at Horn Theatre.Feature: APPROACHING ALI showcases the friendship between the Greatest and a fan at Horn Theatre.
March 16, 2023

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was known as the Greatest in many ways, including his wit. He was also a very warm and giving person known to talk to fans, especially children. The legend is celebrated with the West Coast Premiere of Approaching Ali, a new one-act opera by composer D.J. Sparr, and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller, performed by Opera Las Vegas at the Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada, on March 18 and 19.

Feature: ADAM CAROLLA LIVE Brings His Standup To Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy ClubFeature: ADAM CAROLLA LIVE Brings His Standup To Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club
March 6, 2023

Adam Carolla has many interests and opinions expressed during his radio shows, podcasts, and comedy. He will bring his standup to Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at the Linq Promenade on March 9.

Feature: Feel The Music of John Williams Performed by the Las Vegas PhilharmonicFeature: Feel The Music of John Williams Performed by the Las Vegas Philharmonic
February 27, 2023

Feel the force with the return to Las Vegas of the Music of John Williams. The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform out-of-this-world songs in Reynolds’ Hall at The Smith Center on March 3 and March 4.