About ShortFest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest -- now in its 24th year -- is the largest short film event in North America

A highly competitive festival, ShortFest receives 4,200± submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing our Film Market. An Oscar®, BAFTA® and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscar® nominations and/or awards.

The festival also includes the ShortFest Forum, a series of panels, master classes and roundtable discussions designed to provide emerging filmmakers with both the knowledge and the networking opportunities to further their careers in the film industry.

With hundreds of filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance and an audience of 22,000 avid filmgoers, ShortFest is defined by a decidedly casual atmosphere and a taste for the unconventional. It's not what you might expect to find in Palm Springs in June...

Schedule at a glance

Monday, June 11 | Member ticket sales begin 9am
Wednesday, June 13 | General ticket sales begin 9am
Tuesday, June 19 | Opening Night
Wednesday, June 20-Sunday June 24 | Film Screenings
Thursday, June 21-Saturday June 23 | Forum
Sunday, June 24 | Closing Night
Monday, June 25 | Best of Fest

Film Screenings

When attending a Shortfest screening, you'll view between 4 and 10 short films that have been curated into a themed program, e.g., Sibling Stories or The Things We Do For Love. Q&As with attending filmmakers occur after each program to enhance and broaden your experience.

All film screenings are shown at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly Camelot Theatres)

ShortFest Forum

Each year the Festival welcomes a long list of working industry professionals from a variety of disciplines to share their knowledge and practical experience in the ShortFest Forum. These panels, master classes and roundtable discussions cover a wide range of emerging trends and new practices in the global film community. Tickets for the ShortFest Forum Panels are available for purchase.


Our mission is to provide a space for dialogue dedicated to the short film world while promoting industry and filmmaker interaction. We're one of the largest short film markets in the world exclusively set up to promote short films. 

The Market runs concurrently with ShortFest and consists of a film library of 5,300+ titles available for viewing on screening stations, a Forum of panels, workshops, roundtables and one-on-one industry events, and designated table space for companies looking to engage short form filmmakers. Read More

2018 ShortFest Archive