2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival: January 7-18, 2021

Submissions for the 2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival will open July 1, 2020 through September 1, 2020.

2020 Palm Springs International ShortFest: June 16-22, 2020

Submissions for ShortFest 2020 are now closed.

If you submitted to ShortFest 2020, please check your email for an important announcement regarding your submission.

ShortFest | COVID-19 FAQ

Is ShortFest 2020 canceled?
No, but we are fully committed to doing our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by following the law and guidelines set by the CDC, State of California, Riverside County and the City of Palm Springs. In light of this, we will not be hosting an in-person version of our festival this year.

Will there still be an Official Selection?
Yes. An Official Selection will be curated from submissions, and laurels will be offered. Notifications will be sent no later than May 11th.

Do I have to put my film online if chosen for the Official Selection?
No. We understand that making your film public is a personal decision and we will support you either way.

Will you be presenting juried awards?
Yes. In late June, we will announce the winners from our curated line-up presenting them with awards and cash prizes worth $25,000 including five Academy Award® qualifying awards.

Will you have audience awards?
Unfortunately, no.

Is my film still being considered?
As long as you did not personally withdraw your film, it is still being considered.

Do I need to resend any of my submissions details?
No, we still have all your submission details.

Is the notification date changing?
No. Notifications will go out no later than May 11th.

Will there be a Video Library or Film Market?
Regrettably, we won't be hosting an online video library/market. We hope the return of your fees offers some consolation and invite you to submit again to next year's festival, which will have a video library/market barring further forces majeure.

Will there be a ShortFest Forum?
Virtual classes, panels and other events will take place during our original dates of June 16-22. More details to come later. 

Are you providing refunds?
We have returned all submission fees back to FilmFreeway who will issue full refunds or credit to filmmakers directly. All refunds and credits will be processed automatically by FilmFreeway. There is no action necessary on your part. 

The FilmFreeway refund policy is as follows:
(a)  For any submitters that had Submission Protection, they will process a refund back to their original payment method.
(b)  For submitters that did not purchase Submission Protection, they will process an account credit and the full entry fee will be credited back to the submitter's FilmFreeway account.  Submitters can then use those funds however they like toward submissions and services on FilmFreeway.

If you have any questions regarding fees, please be in touch with FilmFreeway directly at ShortFest is not handling any refunds directly.

ShortFest | Awards

Is my film in competition for an award?
The entire Official Selection is eligible for competition, and the programming team will internally narrow this list down in early June. We do not announce shortlists, but instead wait for the awards ceremony to announce the winners.

What awards do you offer?
Oscar-Qualifying Awards:
Best of the Festival Award
Best Animated Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under

Special Jury Awards:
Best International Short
Best U.S. Short
Bridging the Borders Award
Local Jury Award
Vimeo Award
Young Cineastes Award
Best Comedy Short
Best LGBTQ+ Short
Best Midnight Short

Student Short Awards:
Best Student Animated Short
Best Student Documentary Short
Best Student International Short
Best Student U.S. Short

Which awards qualify for the Oscars©?
Winners of the Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under, and Best of the Festival Awards are eligible for Oscar© consideration.

Is my student film eligible for any of the Oscar© qualifying awards?
Yes! Official Selection student films are eligible for all five of our Oscar© qualifying awards, with the exception of episodic pilots.