Utah Film Center presents the 16th annual Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival July 12-14, 2019 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Highlighted in The Advocate in 2015 as one of the reasons Salt Lake City is one of the top ten "Queerest Cities in America" and named one of Indiewire’s “10 LGBT Film Festivals To Head To This July” in 2014, Utah’s premier LGBTQ film festival features the best independent, documentary, and foreign feature-length films from around the world that explore LGBTQ issues, ideas, and art.

Damn These Heels (DTH), is proud to announce an open call for feature-length and short films for this first time in the Festival’s history. In the past, Festival topics have ranged from profiles of prominent politicians to touching coming-of-age stories, slapstick comedies to slasher films.

To have your film considered, please submit a dramatic, documentary, animated, feature-length or short film. All entries will be viewed by a member of the DTH Programming Committee. Short films must be less than 30 minutes. Other forms of digital storytelling will be watched and considered, as long as work explicitly expresses the ideas or tells the stories of the LGBTQ community.

Submission Fees
Feature-length Film $25
Short Film $15

We look forward to viewing your work!

Audience Award, Dramatic Feature
Audience Award, Documentary Feature

Submitters must hold all necessary rights of the film submitted to the Festival. Entries must contain LGBTQ content, subjects, or characters. Entries are accepted Oct 1, 2018 - May 13, 2019. Due to the high volume of entries, early submissions are strongly encouraged. Rough cuts and work-in-progress versions of films will be accepted but must be submitted by the entry deadline.

Overall Rating
  • Damn These Heels Film Festival is a great little festival. As an exhibitor I found Jeff, Patrick and the entire DTH crew to be very nice, welcoming, and enthusiastic about the the shorts program, which had a great crowd and time slot. Their selection of feature films were great and got to see films I hadn't heard of or seen elsewhere. Best of all they truly liked and believed in my short film Fire and told me over and over again how much they liked it, which was great to hear as a first time exhibitor. So, glad I attended and look forward to submitting my next short film to Damn These Heels.

    July 2016