News in 2010

Palm Springs International ShortFest
Announces dates, Call for Entries

Palm Springs International Film Society


Film Submission Now Being Accepted Through March 1, 2011

PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 1, 2010) – The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market, celebrated as one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs June 21 - 27, 2011. Film submissions are now being accepted through March 1, 2011.

Now in its 17th year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest has become known world-wide 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 2,900 films available to film buyers, industry and press in its concurrent Short Film Market, ShortFest is the largest festival of its kind in America.

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, 75 short films featured at the event have gone on to garner Academy Award nominations.

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 & screening center.

For reduced submission fees, the early entry deadline is December 15, 2010 and the regular entry deadline is February 1, 2011. The late entry deadline is March 1, 2011. 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 at or by calling (760) 322-2930. The title sponsor of the Palm Springs International ShortFest is the City of Palm Springs.

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David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival