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Animal Attraction   

Animal Attraction
86 min.
Man’s best friend is his… dog? As these seven delightful shorts show, canines are only one of the beasts that tickle our collective fancy.... more



Art Attack   

Art Attack
90 min.
The world of art provides a multitude of opportunities to explore different genres, and this package of engrossing short stories explores the act of creation while celebrating the work of artists around the world.... more



Award-Winning Documentaries   

Award-Winning Documentaries
85 min.
It’s become a tradition at ShortFest to showcase a selection of the best new short documentaries from around the world in a package encompassing award-winners from this year’s festival circuit. Join us for this enjoyably eclectic sampling of great new non-fiction short films, as we celebrate the doc... more



Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Animation   

Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Animation
84 min.



Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Documentaries   

Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Documentaries
87 min.



Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Live Action/Comedies 1   

Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Live Action/Comedies 1
85 min.



Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Live Action/Comedies 2   

Best of the Fest 2012 - Audience Favorites - Live Action/Comedies 2
87 min.



Best of the Fest 2012 - Jury Award Winners 1   

Best of the Fest 2012 - Jury Award Winners 1
96 min.



Best of the Fest 2012 - Jury Award Winners 2   

Best of the Fest 2012 - Jury Award Winners 2
91 min.



Boy Meets Girl/Girl Meets Boy   

Boy Meets Girl/Girl Meets Boy
85 min.
Sparks fly – for better or for worse – when members of the opposite sex come together, creating an opportunity for new beginnings or a change of direction on the road of life. The six shorts in this package of films about ‘meeting cute’ are as diverse as the characters involved, a... more



Cityscapes   

Cityscapes
90 min.
This selection of stories revolving around city life explores the ways in which people are affected by the vibrancy, volatility and diversity they’re surrounded by in a contemporary urban landscape. ... more



Close Encounters   

Close Encounters
88 min.
A further riff on the theme of meetings, whether for the first time or the last, this package of seven shorts heralds life-changing moments in the game of life.... more



Coming Out   

Coming Out
83 min.
Those first steps out of the closet are often the hardest, and these five fascinating shorts explore the path from desire to deed in striking and vivid ways. Each of the shorts in this package is exceptionally well made, and each has a unique story to tell about a universal gay theme.... more



Dreams and Desires   

Dreams and Desires
93 min.
There’s the wish, and then there’s the reality: five thoughtful stories about characters who long for something that seems beyond their reach. But as Robert Browning said: “Ah but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”... more



Extraordinary People   

Extraordinary People
90 min.
Welcome to the worlds of nine extraordinary people with a mission in life. Their stories, explored in this package of four striking biopics spanning the gamut of tales and topics, are engaging and engrossing in equal measures. ... more



The Family Zoo   

The Family Zoo
87 min.
Families come in all shapes, sizes and configurations, but they all have one thing in common: a bond that’s harder than steel. These seven wildly divergent stories of familial fun and/or folly hit home no matter which chord they strike. ... more



Fantastic Animation   

Fantastic Animation
92 min.
Eight fabulous examples of contemporary animation serve to illustrate the art of animated storytelling and its ability to get to the heart of a story with inventive visual techniques.... more



Gay!La: Hers - Same Women/Different Rules   

Gay!La: Hers - Same Women/Different Rules
90 min.
Reflecting the changes in the world around us, the films in this package of great Lesbian shorts reflect the changes in our community in striking and wondrous ways. ... more



Gay!La: His - Pride, Prejudice and the Search for Self Identity   

Gay!La: His - Pride, Prejudice and the Search for Self Identity
83 min.
This provocative selection of queer shorts encompasses comedy, animation, drama, biography and one sh*t kicking action flick with a hero that’s hard not to love. ... more



Happy Endings   

Happy Endings
86 min.
We all long for happy endings in everything we do, so in lieu of being able to provide you with a happy ending to your own story, we’ll go with these eight satisfying shorts, all of which offer a happy ending of one kind or another. ... more



How to Play the Game   

How to Play the Game
92 min.
Whether games of love, games of chance, sporting games or the game of life, there’s rules for winning and then there’s the alternative… Each of these short films revolving around a game of one kind or another offer their protagonists a chance to win, provided they know how to play their cards.... more



Idiot’s Delight   

Idiot’s Delight
87 min.
While most of us do the occasional idiotic thing, the protagonists in selection of laugh-out-loud-funny comedic shorts can’t seem to get anything right.... more



The Key to Happiness   

The Key to Happiness
84 min.
The protagonists at the heart of each story in this selection of shorts are in search of a key that will open the door to their fondest wish coming true, but as the old adage goes: be careful what you wish for!... more



Kool 4 Kids   

Kool 4 Kids
75 min.
We packaged this delightful selection of short films with kids – from 6 to 60 - in mind. While each of the films provides excellent craftsmanship and great entertainment for adults as well as kids, none of them contains sex, nudity, bad language or violence, and all of them provide an uplifting stor... more



L’chaim! To Life!   

L’chaim! To Life!
95 min.
Six awesome shorts that explore the world of Judaism – but believe us: you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate them.... more



Letting Go   

Letting Go
90 min.
One of the most valuable lessons in life is learning how to let go – of emotional baggage, of guilt, of hang ups, among other things. On the other hand, sometimes it’s not such a great idea…... more



Local Sightings   

Local Sightings
73 min.
Five striking films with one tie that binds: each was shot in Palm Springs, or enlisted the talent of Palm Springs-based filmmakers to tell their stories.... more



Love is in the Air   

Love is in the Air
94 min.
Love comes in many guises, but one thing all of these shorts have in common is a chance for romance that the protagonists pursue wholeheartedly, with eyes wide open and their guards mercifully down. ... more



Love, Lust…and Other L Words   

Love, Lust…and Other L Words
91 min.
Six films to savor explore the lesbian experience from six different angles: from single and searching to married with children, from making up to breaking up, from working world to playtime…and there’s always time for love.... more



Modern Communication   

Modern Communication
84 min.
Remember what we did with all the time we had before we relied on cell phones, computers and the many other modern communications devices we’ve come to rely upon? Neither do we, but watching the trouble some people get into with those devices in this group of alternately hilarious and horrific short... more



The Next Step…   

The Next Step…
89 min.
There’s what we’re doing right now, and then there’s… the next step. Sometimes it just comes naturally, and sometimes we have to force ourselves to take it. Either way, getting on with life is the main goal, and in order to make that happen, you have to take…... more



On the Job   

On the Job
91 min.
All work and no play may well make Johnny a dull boy, but there’s nothing dull about the protagonists in these six striking short films revolving around life in the working world.... more



Opening Night: Make 'Em Laugh   

Opening Night: Make 'Em Laugh
84 min.
A great lineup of comedy shorts from countries around the world provides the highlight of our Opening Night kickoff for ShortFest 2012, followed by a spectacular reception at Wang’s in the Desert, in keeping with the international theme of this great short film showcase. Join us for great films, gre... more



Overdrawn at the Memory Bank   

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
87 min.
Memories are made of this: past experiences and moments that have had a major impact on us, and draw us back over and over again to re-experience them. These are the moments when people we’ve known had their strongest impact on our lives, and life itself was at its most vivid. Sometimes that’s a goo... more



Parlez Vous Palm Springs?   

Parlez Vous Palm Springs?
95 min.
This fabulous selection of French language shorts showcases the amazing work of filmmakers in France, Quebec, Switzerland, and Belgium, and vividly illustrates that film is a universal language, no matter where you’re from.... more



Real People, Reel Drama   

Real People, Reel Drama
91 min.
A powerful blend of extraordinary stories from around the world come to life in these outstanding documentaries that combine the high drama of fiction with the incomparable intensity of real life.... more



Results May Vary...   

Results May Vary...
84 min.
Take a situation; add intentions, actions and stir. What will the results be? Don’t count on anything you might have expected… The six tantalizing stories in this selection portray people who pursue a course of action that gets them in way deeper than they might otherwise have hoped for. Sound famil... more



Rites of Passage   

Rites of Passage
94 min.
There’s a point in every young life when one’s perception of the world takes a sudden turn; when childhood innocence gives way under the weight of knowledge and our understanding of the universe morphs from simple to complex. These five breathtaking shorts illustrate that shift in provocative and wo... more



Same Planet, Different Worlds   

Same Planet, Different Worlds
90 min.
Join us, as we touch down in seven different countries around the world in pursuit of people and places that are as different from each other as it’s possible to be. It may be one relatively small planet, but it’s still occupied by people who are worlds apart in many ways…... more



Shooting Stars   

Shooting Stars
81 min.
Shia LeBoeuf, Charlotte Rampling, Lily Tomlin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and Octavia Spencer are among the stars who perform in front of or behind the camera in this package of first rate films featuring major showbiz names. Bring your sunglasses!... more



Short Stories from Down Under   

Short Stories from Down Under
81 min.
With 30 short films in this year’s Festival, Australia is at the forefront of quality short form storytelling among the nations of the world. With a remarkably diverse wealth of gifted young filmmaking talent to call upon, and a rich trove of characters to share and stories to tell, the land down un... more



ShortSlam: Programmers’ Picks   

ShortSlam: Programmers’ Picks
87 min.
Five formidable shorts that share little in common except for their excellence, these striking films were selected by ShortFest programmers to highlight the auspicious talent of the directors who made them. Voila: ShortFest – the Director’s Cut!... more



Shortslam: Programmers’ Picks, Part Deux   

Shortslam: Programmers’ Picks, Part Deux
89 min.
Our second package of programmer picks includes more of our favorites that were at loose ends thematically when it came to packaging groups of shorts for the lineup this year. They're films we love, and were determined to find a place for, so where better than a package of personal favorites? Enjoy... more



Strangers in a Strange Land   

Strangers in a Strange Land
93 min.
A trip down the rabbit hole is how one might best describe the plight of the protagonists in each of the short films in this showcase, as they find themselves in situations utterly alien to their everyday lives, with no road signs telling them which way to go. ... more



The Student Academy Awards   

The Student Academy Awards
90 min.
New this year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will present the first public screening of the winners of this year’s Student Academy Awards – five films chosen by the Student Academy Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the ‘best in class’ from among all of the... more



Taboo   

Taboo
90 min.
If the title of this package isn’t enough of a clue, let us make it perfectly clear: this package of provocative short films encompasses subject matter that may be offensive to some viewers. Though none of these films contains explicit sexual footage or language, all deal with taboo subjects in some... more



The End   

The End
84 min.
Endings come in many forms, but the key thing to remember is that every ending heralds a new beginning. And that is exactly how the heroes and heroines in each of these six stories approaches the different dilemmas they confront.... more



True Crime   

True Crime
88 min.
Seemingly taken from stories ripped from today’s headlines, the seven dazzling films in this collection go behind the scenes to bring us the inside scoop on what led up to the events at the scene of each crime portrayed, and what happened next. Each is a small masterpiece of genre filmmaking, and ea... more



Twisted Tales   

Twisted Tales
91 min.
These twisted tales of people caught in a dilemma that’s just a little to the left of center – strike that, make it a lot left of center – are alternately amusing, engrossing or just plain weird. ... more



Unintended Consequences   

Unintended Consequences
91 min.
For every action, there’s a reaction, but sometimes it’s not the reaction you might have anticipated. When that happens, you've just got to figure out how to make the most of the hand you’re dealt. ... more



Unsentimental Journeys   

Unsentimental Journeys
95 min.
Seven trips into uncharted territory form the basis for this package of short films revolving around a trip of one kind or another. Pack your bags and fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride!... more



Wake Up Calls   

Wake Up Calls
86 min.
Some times the Universe sends you a wake up call when you need it most, and hopefully, it doesn’t come to late to make all the difference…... more



War and Remembrance   

War and Remembrance
84 min.
Great conflicts have always provided fodder for great movies, whether set on the front lines or back on the home front, and the films included in this selection of shorts about war and its aftermath serve to further underline that fact. ... more



What’s Queer About It?!   

What’s Queer About It?!
87 min.
This engrossing selection of current queer cinema explores the world of gays in different walks of life, with each of the protagonists dealing with an unexpected dilemma, and each working it out in their own distinctive manner. Bottom line: there ain’t nothing sissy-like about the way these gays d... more



When Worlds Collide   

When Worlds Collide
96 min.
Opposites attract, the old saying goes, and while that may be true, the protagonists in these five short films – whether comedic, dramatic, or just plain unclassifiable – might have something to say about the idea that the attraction necessarily worked out for the better…... more



Working it, Out!   

Working it, Out!
90 min.
Five fabulous short films that explore the world of men at work in a variety of pursuits, each exploring the ways in which their sexuality, their relationships and their professional lives intersect. ... more



Zombies, Ghouls and Ghosts   

Zombies, Ghouls and Ghosts
87 min.
Deliciously perverse, these seven twisted films about the undead include four comedies, two flat-out horror shorts and one bizarre Asian oddball we don’t know how to classify. We like to call it ‘horror with a heart’, but hey - you be the judge...... more



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