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 2023.


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

*These special awards will be selected by the Damah Committee and are still eligible for the grand prizes

Anime Award ¥50,000 (incl. taxes)
Young Creator 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
  • Thank you for screening "Farewell Wedding Dress, Until We Meet Again" at the festival.
    We are grateful to the festival and staff for screening the film in the hall.
    Film festivals range from high-quality animation to fiction dramas, and I hope to be able to participate again next year.

    May 2022
  • Ami Mochizuki


    May 2022
  • Anna Yamamoto

    Thank you for hosting a great film festival! I am very happy and proud to have selected my work "Eyeball" and actually participated in the film festival.

    May 2022
  • Great festival with warm hospitality.
    The concept of festival is clear and good for any age to join!

    May 2022
  • Nicolas Neuhold

    It was a great joy and honour to have our short film FALEMINDERIT shown at the DAMAH International Film Festival in Tokyo. Despite several delays due to the crazy year we all had, the festival kept us informed on everything that was going on. When it finally did go ahead in October 2021 we were awarded the U15 award. The festival went the extra mile of recording a video for us for when the award was announced, which meant so much in a year where you couldn’t hear your audience. I can’t thank the incredible team of the DAMAH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL enough, in particular Anne Marie Smoker who had been my contact. I had the greatest experience possible. My conviction that I have to visit Japan one day has only been reconfirmed by the care and attention paid to our film by this incredible festival team. THANK YOU

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! Congratulations on winning the U15 Grand Prize! We loved, "Faleminderit."