Your Story Matters

May 10 - May 11, 2019

As a film festival dedicated to expressing and exploring the power of story, Damah places special value on the exploration of themes that explore the transcendent, the struggle, and/or the awe of the spiritual journey. Damah, which is the Hebrew word for “metaphor” or “parable,” values artistic skills that convey a full spectrum of human emotion and experience, without being explicitly or gratuitously violent or obscene.”

With support from notable jurors and key sponsors, Damah is anticipating this year’s film festival where we can continue to build on the platform to discover and promote spiritual themes and experiences through film.

Mark Joseph

President & Co-Founder

Major Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bola Taylor Memorial Fund

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors



Tokyo Weekender


Empower Women Media

Event Information

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.

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 May of 2019. We are currently taking submissions for this event.

Awards and Prizes

We offer awards and prizes. We also provide an ongoing filmmaker community and distribution opportunities.

Winner of Under 30 min ¥150,000
Winner of Under 15 min ¥75,000

Rules and Terms

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 (we are receiving films in two categories: Under 30 minutes and Under 15 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 on (vimeo screener preferred)

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/our website in print or electronic media, etc.) for promotional purpose.

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

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. Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, DIFF is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

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

11. All submissions will not be returned.

12. The jury’s decisions are final.

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

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