ShortFest Youth Jury

Palm Springs International ShortFest Youth Jury is a collection of students from the greater Palm Springs area with a special interest in film and the arts. Through a numerous film appreciation classes, The experience of being on the Youth Jury teaches these young people how to read and evaluate film from an early age and exposes the participants to age-appropriate stories and perspectives of different cultures from around the world. The Palm Springs international ShortFest has two youth jury groups:

  • KID'S CHOICE AWARD JURY ( 13 and under)- Deliberate on a selection of films from the Family and Animated category.
  • YOUNG CINEASTE'S AWARD JURY (14-17)- Deliberate on a selection of films under the Young Adult category.

We will begin taking applications for the 2020 ShortFest Youth Jury in February, 2020.  Please check back then.

Students will need to be available for some classes during the summer starting in May and during certain times leading up to and during the festival in June. If you are, or know, a young student in the Coachella Valley who would be interested in participating in the Youth Jury or if you would like to receive more information on the Educational Programs of the Palm Springs International Film Society, please email