Dam Short Film Festival
There’s no better way to take in Nevada’s largest film festival than in the heart of an Art Deco-fied historic theater that’s been part of the Nevada story for nearly 100 years. Each February, filmmakers and fans from all corners of the world descend upon Boulder City’s Historic District to celebrate the art of short film. Over the course of four days, the Dam Short Film Festival presents more than 120 short films of all styles and genres. One of southern Nevada’s premiere cultural events, the Dam Short Film Festival is supported in part by the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Nestled in the heart of the “City Who Built Hoover Dam” the Boulder City Theater has been a fixture of this southern Nevada community since 1932—when it opened, it was the only place in town with AC. Back then, Boulder Cityites would pay to relish air conditioning if only for a little while, which quickly made it the main attraction downtown. Situated next to the Boulder Dam Hotel, not much has changed all these years later, still drawing people from all over town, the West and the world, to relish this frozen-in-time Art Deco theater.
A chance to access this historic theater that’s otherwise a regular opportunity, the Dam Short Film Festival hosts thematic programs with a wide array of subjects and styles, with awards presented to Best Drama, Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Screenplay, Music Video and Sci-Fi/Horror. Best yet, awards are distributed to Best Nevada Filmmaker, Student, Best of the Fest, and the Leslie Paige Award for Excellence in Short Filmmaking. After each screening, audience members receive a voting chip to cast their vote of favorite film of the program, ultimately deciding all award recipients.
For more info on this year’s schedule of events, and planning your trip to the Dam Short Film Festival, get in touch with the Dam Short Film Society directly at (702) 203-3044.