Davey Fest, an annual short film festival in Salt Lake City, screens the films supported by Davey Foundation grants alongside other standout shorts from Utah, the U.S., and around the globe. Amongst the multi-day screenings, the Davey Fest team organizes several events to get to know other filmmakers and enjoy the natural beauty of Salt Lake City's surroundings. Join us for this one-of-a-kind celebration of independent short films nestled amongst the Wasatch Mountains.

“I feel lucky that 'In Sync' screened amongst so many unique, risk-taking films. I left Davey Fest feeling inspired by the work, and also grateful that such a welcoming, supportive environment for emerging filmmakers exists — it’s a rare thing.” - Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz, director of "In Sync"

“I felt like (Davey Fest) was a partnership rather than a typical festival experience. It’s a festival run by filmmakers who know the heartache and exhilaration of showing a film for the first time and went out of their way to make sure the venue was gorgeous, our screening was packed, and the program we showed in was well curated. It was a blast, and the other screenings I went to had the same love and attention paid to the art of short filmmaking.” - Amanda Stoddard, director of "The Ladies Room"

“As a new filmmaker it felt so empowering and exciting to have my work taken seriously and appreciated and shown alongside so many excellent films.” - Willow Skye-Biggs, director of "April in Her Mind"

Films can be narrative, documentary, animation, or music videos. Runtimes under 15 minutes preferred. You do not need to be present at the festival for your film to be chosen.

Please designate if you are from Utah or currently reside in Utah - we love supporting local filmmakers!

You agree that if accepted, your film, and any stills and clips from it, can be used by The Davey Foundation for marketing purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Amanda Madden

    Great local festival - I really appreciate the team who puts Davey Fest together. They create and invite such warmth, welcome and creativity. I loved the screening I went to as well as all of the fun filmmaker events.

    July 2022
  • Sarah Rosen

    Incredibly kind and talented filmmakers organize this small, cool festival. I had a fantastic time and met great people. 10/10 would recommend

    July 2022
  • Tyler C. Peterson

    I had such a great time in with Davey Fest, and felt incredibly taken care of by their small but mighty team. Communication was clear and organized, and the entire event ran without a hitch. The organizers of Davey Fest run their event with integrity and a clear vision. Keep an eye on this festival!

    June 2022
  • Ali Akbari

    Wonderful team and foundation! I appreciate all their continuous support of the local filmmaking community in Utah.

    September 2021
  • Fantastic festival run by passionate and kind people. Really enjoyed my first ever festival screening with them.

    August 2021