Utah Film Center presents the 20th annual Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival October 12-15, 2023 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City and October 15-22 online.

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 60 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

Festival laurels will be shared for Festival acceptance and Audience Award winners.

Submitters must hold all necessary rights of the film submitted to the Festival. Entries must contain LGBTQ content, subjects, or characters. Entries are accepted March 15, 2023 - June 16, 2023. 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
  • D*** These Heels Queer Film Festival is a beacon of 2SLGBTQIA+ visibility in the American West... we are so thrilled to have Park View included in their innovative program!

    October 2022
  • Melahn Atkinson

    Thank you DTH for having We’re Here as part of your festival. We had such a fabulous time watching awesome films and networking with talented creatives. Your communication is top notch as well as your staff. We very much look forward to next years fest!

    October 2022
  • David Lindsay

    We really enjoyed having our film play in D*** These Heels. We were disappointed that because of Covid, the festival was online only, and we weren't able to play in the beautiful Rose Wagner Theater in SLC. But the festival organizers were great at communicating with us, promoting our film and helping us through it. Plus, our film received several mentions and reviews with local, regional, and even national publications, so that was a bonus. Very happy overall with our experience with DTH. Great festival!!

    September 2020
  • Maddy Purves

    Even during COVID-19, we had an excellent World Premiere experience at D*** These Heels. Davey, Sarah, Patrick and the rest of the team were incredibly fast, friendly, and welcoming! We had measurable and immeasurable success with our film and we know it was largely in part to the efforts and professionalism of the festival team. We’ll be coming back!

    July 2020
  • Lee Manansala

    I wasn't able to attend, but I know from personal experience that Salt Lake City is an amazing place to watch and screen a film. The DTH team was really great to work with and I'm looking forward to submitting future projects. Cheers!

    July 2019