Damah looks to create unique events that foster a true sense of community. Our past events have featured Panel Discussions, Workshops, Interactive Screenings and Q & A sessions, all designed to stimulate discussion and provide a platform for artistic expression.

Taking place in the heart of Tokyo and boasting an impressive panel of Hollywood judges, DIFF has emerged as one of Japan’s most exciting Short Film Festivals. More than ever we look forward to seeing your film, because at Damah, your story matters.

We feature films from any genre and they can be submitted in any acquisition format. The only requirement is that films must be no longer than 30 minutes. Our next Festival & Awards Ceremony will be held in Tokyo, Japan in Spring 2022.


Winner of Under 30 min ¥120,000 (incl. taxes)
Winner of Under 15 min ¥60,000 (incl. taxes)

Special Awards announced for 2022 Damah!
*These special awards will be selected by the Damah Committee and are still eligible for the grand prizes

Anime Award ¥50,000 (incl. taxes)
Student Award (high school and under) ¥30,000 (incl. taxes)

Please read all rules and requirements before submitting your project:

1. All non-English films must include English subtitles.

2. All films must be under 30 minutes.

3. As a community we value storytellers that are able to tell complex and beautiful stories without resorting to explicit nudity and violence, especially when it is used for shock value and not as an integral and essential part of the story.

4. Please submit all film submissions (vimeo screener preferred) on FilmFreeway.

5. By submitting your film, you agree that Damah International Film Festival (DIFF) can use parts or all of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster on our website in print, or electronic media, etc.) for promotional purposes.

6. To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content.

7. You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to DIFF.

8. All fees are non-refundable.

9. Screening materials are managed with great care to avoid any troubles.

10. DIFF reserves the right to refuse to accept any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate.

11. After the preliminary selection, the international jury’s decisions are final.

12. The festival dates and location are subject to change.

13. In order for your film to be considered for competition, it must not be available to the public online.

14. Terms and conditions are subject to change. Any amendments will be posted on our website.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Chang

    Wonderful film festival and thank you very much for choosing my film. Hope it can start again after the epidemic! Pray for you!

    May 2021
  • Ramesh Jai Gulabrai

    Couldn't attend but found them organised and professional. Their communication was on point. Festival well worth entering.

    May 2019
  • Damah International Film Festival was an incredible experience in Tokyo, Japan. The leadership, staff and volunteers were enthusiastic and kind, the film selections were very compelling, and the filmmakers we met were such passionate, talented people - from Japan, and around the world! For a first-run festival in Tokyo, I was impressed. I highly recommend Damah International Film Festival, and hope to stay in touch with everyone involved! Thank you so much. It was truly an honor to be an officially selected filmmaker, and participate in the festival! // どうもありがとうございます!

    May 2019