• Educational Program

    Camp ShortFest!

While The Filmmakers who attend ShortFest have forums and panels available to them throughout ShortFest, many of you who attend the festival have asked to be able to attend these forums. Well now you Can! 

The University of California, Riverside in collaboration with the Palm Springs ShortFest, presents Camp ShortFest! A day of films and hands-on sessions about film-making free to the public and curated for all ages. 

Beginning with the Shorties! screening at 10 a.m., June 21, at Camelot Theatre (Palm Springs Cultural Center), the program consists of films for kids and the young at heart, this mix of family-friendly fare features a variety of animated, documentary and live action tales. Reserve Tickets or show up the day of and get a ticket at the box office.

At noon, the festivities move to the Palm Springs High School auditorium, where free snacks and light refreshments will be available before the keynote speech at 1 p.m. by Rider Strong - an actor, director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his work on the TV shows "Boy Meets World" and "Girl Meets World." This will also include a screening of his most recent short film. 

After the keynote, four brief sessions (40 minutes) about film will be offered simultaneously. There will be two rounds of these brief sessions to learn more about the filmmaking process. Attendees can select which two sessions they'd like to attend:

  • Film editing
  • Screenwriting & Storyboarding for film and video games
  • Set decorating
  • Directing & Producing

Tickets are not needed to Camp ShortFest! @ the PS High School, but a ticket is required for the screening of the Shorties! program @ Camelot Theatre (Palm Springs Cultural Center)

Guests Bio

Rider Strong is an actor, director, voice actor, producer and screenwriter. He is well-known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the sitcom Boy Meets World and its sequel, Girl Meets World.

John Mattson wrote Milk Money and Free Willy 2 and 3. He has sold scripts to Paramount, Fox, Warner Bros, Universal, Dreamworks, Imagine and ABC. He is a former HBO executive and the winner of the 2018 R. M. Kinder Award for Realistic Fiction.

Andrew Blumenthal has been a film editor for 30-plus years, working in features, television, animation, and documentaries. Credits include Waiting For Guffman, Tangled, Tortilla Soup, The Natural, Shocker, and Waiting, among many others. Between breaks in editing he has directed tv and written screenplays.

Jamie Venci is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, crafter, set decorator and set dresser. Credits include Rebirth, The Perfect Match, and Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories.

Joshua Malkin has written projects for AltaVista, Giant Door Productions, Fox Searchlight, and Nabushea Pictures. He has also written and produced three documentaries.

Event Details

Date: Jun 21 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Palm Springs High School

2018 ShortFest Archive