The Big Dam

The Big Dam


A 10-year-old boy sets off on a long-promised adventure with his father to discover Europe’s biggest dam. But as they progress, harbored feelings surface and their relationship is put to a test. The dam they eventually face is not the one initially dreamed of.

A film by Samuel Grandchamp

*Winner Golden Leopard for Best Short Film at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival*
*Winner Best Screenplay at the 2016 First Run Festival*
*Winner Best Film Swiss Made at Shnit International Short Film Festival*
*Winner 3rd Place Luzern Prize at Upcoming Filmmakers*
*Winner Best Directing at Upcoming Filmmakers*
*Oscar-Qualified for Live Action Short Film 2016*

Hong Kong International Film Festival, International Competition
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, International Competition
Palm Springs ShortFest, Official Selection
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Children and Youth Competition
Seattle International Film Festival, Official Selection
Sarasota Film Festival, Official Selection
Madrid International Film Festiva, International Competition
Belo Horizonte Film Festival, Official Selection
Leuven International Short Film Festival, European Competition
Solothurn Film Festival, Upcoming Talents Competition
Belgrade Film Festival, New Cinematic Voices
Huesca International Film Festival, International Competition
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, International Competition
Moscow “2morrow” International Film Festival, International Competition
Film Festival della Lessinia, International Competition

With Alessio Balossi, Pascal Gravat and Natacha Koutchoumov

Written and directed by Samuel Grandchamp
Produced by Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cinematography by Federico Cesca

A ViceVersal Productions film
With the participation of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL)