ShortFest Awards & Jury

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OSCAR® QUALIFYING

Best of the Festival Award
$5,000 Cash Prize; awarded to an animated, documentary or live-action student or non-student short film
 
Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Min.
Sponsored by V Channels Corp.
$1,000 Cash Prize; awarded to a live-action short film with a running time of 15:01 and over (student and non-student films are eligible)
 
Best Live-Action Short 15 Min. and Under
$1,000 Cash Prize; awarded to a live-action short film with a running time of 15:00 and under (student and non-student films are eligible)
 
Best Animated Short
$1,000 Cash Prize; awarded to an animated student or non-student short film
 
Best Documentary Short
$1,000 Cash Prize; awarded to a documentary student or non-student short film

SPECIAL JURY

Best International Short
$1,000 Cash Prize; awarded to a short film from outside of the United States (primary country must not be USA)
 
Best U.S. Short
$1,000 Cash Prize; awarded to a short film from the United States
 
Best Comedy Short
$1,000 Cash Prize
 
Best LGBTQ+ Short
$1,000 Cash Prize
 
Best Midnight Short
$1,000 Cash Prize
 
Bridging the Borders Award
Sponsored by 360 MEDIA
$2,000 Cash Prize presented by Cinema Without Borders and 360 MEDIA to a film that is most successful in bridging and connecting the people of our world closer together. 

STUDENT

Best Student Animated Short
$1,000 Cash Prize
 
Best Student Documentary Short
$1,000 Cash Prize
 
Best Student International Short
$1,000 Cash Prize
 
Best Student U.S. Short
$1,000 Cash Prize

AUDIENCE

Best Animated Short
$600 Cash Prize, awarded to the student or non-student short animated film that scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience
 
Best Documentary Short
$600 Cash Prize, awarded to the student or non-student documentary film that scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience
 
Best Live-Action Short
$600 Cash Prize, awarded to the student or non-student live-action short that scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience 
 
Best Student Short
$600 Cash Prize, awarded to the student short that scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience

LOCAL JURY

Desert Views
$1,000; awarded by a local jury of adults to a short film that, in the spirit of neighborliness, promotes understanding and acceptance between people
  
Young Cineastes
$1,000 cash prize; awarded by a local youth jury composed of high school students
 
Kids' Choice
$1,000 cash prize; awarded by a local youth jury composed of elementary and middle school students

Best Animated Short Jury

Best of the Festival Jury

Best Documentary Short Jury

Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes Jury

Best Live-Action Short 15 minutes & under Jury

Best International Short Jury

Best U.S. Short Jury

Best Student Animated Short & Best Student International Short Jury

Best Student Documentary Short & Best Student U.S. Short Jury

Best Comedy Short Jury

Best LGBTQ+ Short Jury

Best Midnight Short Jury

Bridging the borders Jury

Local Jury

DESERT VIEWS JURY

Tanisha L Alston | Palm Desert

Soheila Cran | Palm Desert

Jose Macias | Desert Hot Springs

Margaret Quirante | Morongo Valley

Matt Ramirez | Cathedral City

 

YOUNG CINEASTES JURY

Victor Gonzalez | Cathedral City High School

Stephanie Lopez | Palm Springs High School

Joseph Manjarrez | Palm Springs High School

Lyla Sofia Valentine | Palm Desert High School

 

KIDS' CHOICE JURY

Kayla Beltran

Kaileia Faleafaga-Castaneda

Vivian Milanovich-Hill

ShortFest 2024