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2011 Dam Short Film Festival

The Dam Short Film Festival welcomes short films with any content and in any style, whether it be live-action, documentary, or animation. That said, entries must be 40 minutes or under in length. The year of production, however, does not matter.

Selected films will be screened on the 7th annual Dam Short Film Festival which will take place in Nevada, from 9-12 February 2011.

The 2011 Dam Short Film Festival will screen over 100 short films from all corners of the world.

Objective

The following short film categories are open for entries:

  • Best Drama,
  • Best Documentary,
  • Best Animation,
  • Best Sci-Fi / Horror,
  • Best Comedy,
  • Best Nevada Filmmaker,
  • Best Student, and
  • Audience Favorite.

The Student category is open to students only. The submitted film must have been created while the film’s director or directors were enrolled at a school, college, or university. Proof of enrollment, such a copy of a student I.D., must be included with the submission. If the director is not enrolled at the time of submission, or has graduated, proof of past enrollment must be submitted.

The Nevada Filmmaker category is open to any short that was created while the director or directors were residents of Nevada. Proof of residency, such a copy of a driver’s license, must be included with the submission.

Prizes

There will be 8 Award Categories:

  • Best Drama,
  • Best Documentary,
  • Best Animation,
  • Best Sci-Fi / Horror,
  • Best Comedy,
  • Best Nevada Filmmaker,
  • Best Student, and
  • Audience Favorite.

All award-winners will be chosen by audience votes through a unique and accurate “voting chip” method. There will be no guest jurists for the 2011 festival.

Rules

  • NTSC DVD or PAL DVD preview copies may be submitted for festival consideration. Selected films, however, must provide one of the following NTSC exhibition formats: BetaSP, DVCam, HDV, miniDV, or DVD. PAL DVD exhibition copies are also acceptable.
  • Entries must be 40 minutes or under in length.
  • Exhibition copies must arrive at the festival office by 15 January 2011, so that they may be screened during the festival, February 9-12, 2011.
  • Non-English language films must be subtitled in English, or contain minimal dialog.
  • No submission materials will be returned. There are no exceptions.
  • Selected films will be responsible for the insured shipping of the exhibition copy to the festival.
  • Please keep in mind that the Dam Short Film Festival rarely programs short films that would receive an R or NC-17 rating if shown in a regular theater.
  • Upon selection, filmmakers are required to provide a minimum of 2 high-resolution digital stills from their film, plus 2 additional NTSC DVD, or PAL DVD preview copies.
  • The festival organizers reserve the right to include selected films in any category deemed appropriate.
  • Organizers also reserve the right to program selected films as many times during the festival as they see fit.
  • All submission fees paid by check or money order must be in U.S. funds. Films submitted without the correct payment will be disqualified.
  • By submitting to the 2011 Dam Short Film Festival, submitter gives express permission to the Dam Short Film Society to include the submitted film in the 2011 Mini-Film Market (where the film may be viewed by attending press, filmmakers, and other VIPs).

How to enter?

You can either submit your entries online or by traditional mail. The online submissions are available through Withoutabox.

If you enter by traditional post, print, sign, and mail a copy of the completed entry form with a check or money order in U.S. funds, and a NTSC DVD, or PAL DVD preview copy, to:

Dam Short Film Festival
c/o Dam Short Film Society
806 Buchanan Blvd, Ste 115-181
Boulder City, NV 89005-2144
U.S.A.

Entry fee

  • Early Bird Deadline: 15 September 2010
    • Standard $25
    • Nevada Filmmaker $20
    • Student $15
  • Regular Deadline: 17 November 2010
    • Standard $30
    • Nevada Filmmaker $25
    • Student $20
  • WAB Extended Deadline: 1 December 2010
    (Only available on-line through Withoutabox.com)