2018 ShortFest Awards and Jury

AWARDS

Audience Award winners will be announced at Closing Night | Purchase Tickets
All others will be announced at the Filmmaker Awards Brunch.

MAIN JURY AWARDS

Best of the Festival Award cvb
$5,000 courtesy of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau; The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Best International Short
$2,000; Awarded to the best short produced outside of the U.S. or Canada.

Best North American Short
$1,000; Camera package courtesy of Panavision, valued at $60,000; Awarded to the best short produced in the U.S. or Canada.

Best Animated Short
$2,000; The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
$2,000; The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under
$2,000; The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration. 

Best Documentary Short
$2,000; The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Best Student Animation
$500

Best Student Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
$500 

Best Student Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under
$500

Best Student Documentary
$500

PROGRAMMING AWARDS

Future Filmmaker Award
$2,000; Awarded to a filmmaker whose work and vision point to a bright, prospective career in cinema.

Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker
$500; Awarded to a student filmmaker whose work and vision point to a bright, prospective career in cinema

ADDITIONAL JURY AWARDS

Vimeo Staff Pick Awardvimeo
Selected by Vimeo Curators; films featured in competition are eligible for the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, which includes a $4,000 cash prize and, of course, a Vimeo Staff Pick. The winning film will be released on Vimeo June 25, 2018.

Bridging the Borders AwardGoEnergistics
$2,500 courtesy of Go Energistics; Awarded by Cinema Without Borders to a film that is most successful in bridging and connecting the people of our world closer together. 

Youth Jury Awards
Awarded by ShortFest youth juries composed of local students interested in cinema and the arts. The Kids' Choice jury is composed of students aged 8-13 and the Young Cineastes jury is composed of students aged 14-17.
Kids' Choice - $250
Young Cineastes - $250

AUDIENCE AWARDS 

Best Animated Short

Best Documentary Short

Best Live-Action Short

Best Student Short

 

JURY

penelope bartlettPenelope Bartlett is currently the programmer for the streaming service The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. She served as Director of Programming for the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, has curated for the website shortoftheweek.com, and held positions at the Chicago International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Glasgow Short Film Festival. She has also produced several short films, most recently Crystal Lake by writer/director Jennifer Reeder.


Marc-Andre GrondinMarc-André  Grondin | After his breakthrough performance in Jean-Marc Vallée's French Canadian film C.R.A.Z.Y., Marc-André has been working continuously in Canada and France. In 2009, he won the César Award for Best Male Newcomer, becoming the first Canadian actor to ever win that prestigious award. Other actor credits include the hockey comedies, Goon and Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the lead role in the French-Canadian film, L'Affaire Dumont, which earned him a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Lead Actor and Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, which earned him another Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor. Marc-André starred in the lead role of the British television series Spotless as well as the award-winning French-Canadian series L'Imposteur for two seasons. He most recently starred in the feature film Les Affamés (Ravenous), which won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2017.


Brian huBrian Hu is the Artistic Director of Pacific Arts Movement, the presenter of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. He is also Assistant Professor of TV, Film, and New Media at San Diego State University. His writings have appeared in Film Quarterly, Screen, and Senses of Cinema, and his book on Hong Kong and Taiwan cinema is forthcoming this year. He co-hosts the Asian American pop culture podcast "Saturday School."


Missy LaneyMissy Laney works as a producer, distribution strategist, and is the Director of Development at Adult Swim. Laney previously worked at the Sundance Institute growing their #ArtistServices Initiative, a program that focused on how technology is changing the way audiences interact with films, and at BitTorrent Inc leading their film strategy where she launched The Discovery Fund, BitTorrent's first ever artist granting initiative.


Ina piraIna Pira curates Vimeo's Staff Picks and Vimeo on Demand. Prior to this, Ina worked as a Senior Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. In addition to her programming work, Ina has helped manage and select scripts for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and other year-round programs. Ina has served on festival juries and has spoken to numerous groups about film festivals, online programming, and digital distribution.

2018 ShortFest