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ShortFest 2009 kicks off with new June dates
2009 ShortFest


ShortFest Moves to June 23-29 and Announces Call For Entries

Palm Springs, CA (March 4, 2009) – The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market, is putting on its shorts early this year. Celebrated as one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, the Palm Springs International ShortFest, will kick off summer at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs with new dates June 23 - 29, 2009. Film submissions are now being accepted through April 24, 2009.

Commenting on the date change, Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said, "We've been considering a date change for some time, and ultimately decided that the June dates would provide better placement on the annual festival calendar and more marketing opportunities for our participating filmmakers at ShortFest -- not to mention more seasonable weather for all involved. The early summer dates should show off Palm Springs to its best advantage and with the hundreds of filmmakers headed to the event from all over the world each year, the new dates will ensure them a cooler climate in the desert to go along with the already hot film marketplace."

Now in its 15th year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest has become known worldwide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. Showcasing over 320 short films each year from more than 40 countries, with a library of more than 2,700 films available to film buyers, industry and press in its concurrent Short Film Market, it is the largest festival of its kind in America.

Last year's Audience Favorite Live Action Short winner Spielzeugland (Toyland) went on to receive an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Will any of this year's Festival winners be Oscar bound? The Festival offers twenty awards in six competitive categories (including student and non-student work), with cash awards or film production prizes in each category (over $100,000 worth of prizes, in all), as well as the Bridging the Borders, Best of the Fest and Future Filmmaker awards. All first place winners in the Live Action, Animation and Best of the Fest categories are automatically qualified for nomination consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since the Festival's inception, 65 short films featured at the event have gone on to garner Academy Award nominations, including 6 of this year's nominees.

Festival events include nightly receptions, as well as seminars, master classes and scheduled one-on-one meetings with industry experts and filmmaking professionals, free to all filmmakers who participate in the Festival. Best of all, all films submitted to the Festival are eligible for free inclusion in the Short Film Market and made available to all attending industry and press for viewing at our Film Market headquarters and screening center.

For reduced submission fees, the regular entry deadline is March 27, 2009. The late entry deadline is April 24, 2009. We encourage all interested filmmakers to submit their films and participate in one of the world's most acclaimed Festivals dedicated to the art of short films. Entry forms are available here or by calling (760) 322-2930. The title sponsor of the Palm Springs International ShortFest is the City of Palm Springs.