2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival: January 2-13, 2020

Submissions for the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival are closed.

Notification Date: December 2, 2019

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

Submissions for ShortFest 2020 are now open.

ShortFest | Submitting Your Film

How do I submit my film?
We accept short films with a runtime of 40 minutes or less via FilmFreeway. We do not accept links via email or via physical submission copies sent to our offices.

What are the deadlines and fees for ShortFest 2020?
Earlybird Deadline (Oct. 1, 2019 - Dec. 1, 2019):
- Standard: $40 USD
- Student: $35 USD
Regular Deadline (Dec. 2, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020):
- Standard: $50 USD
- Student: $45 USD
Late Deadline (Jan. 6, 2020 - Feb. 24, 2020):
- Standard: $60 USD
- Student: $55 USD

What are the submission requirements?
- Completed entry on FilmFreeway.
- Digital screener - Vimeo link (preferred) or Secure Online Screener.
- Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.
- Paid entry fee.

Is my film eligible for ShortFest 2020?
- ShortFest 2020 eligibility requirements:
- Films must have been completed in 2019 or 2020.
- Films must be no more than 40 minutes in length, credits included.
- If selected, films must be available for projection in DCP.
- All non-English-language films must have English subtitles.

Do you accept works-in-progress?
ShortFest accepts work-in-progress cuts that are picture locked and includes an opening slate listing what still needs to be completed (color-correction, sound mix, special effects, etc.). Please note that we will only review one cut.

Do you accept films that are already available online?
Yes! ShortFest does not require a premiere status, so online films are eligible.

Do I need to submit a DCP?
You will only need a DCP if you are selected in the Official Program. You do not need to have a DCP for consideration.

Do I need to submit a press kit or any other materials?
You do not need to provide any publicity materials with your official submission. The programming department will reach out to you directly with materials requests if they are needed.

When will I know if I've been selected?
Please check your messages on FilmFreeway if you do not receive an email by February 25th.

ShortFest | Attending the Festival

What is ShortFest?
The Palm Springs International ShortFest and Film Market, now in its 26th year, is one of the largest showcases of short films in North America. The seven-day competitive festival is Academy Award, BAFTA and Goya-qualifying and screens more than 300 short films from all over the world. ShortFest currently has more than 20 awards with prize money and services cumulatively valued at over $70,000.

Why should I attend ShortFest?
ShortFest is an excellent opportunity to network while having fun. This is a filmmaker's festival and every part of ShortFest is designed to engage our guests, from the screenings to the parties.

Does the festival cover travel and accommodations?
Unfortunately, we do not have the budget to offer travel or accommodations.

How many times do Official Selection films play?
Most Official Selection films will play once, but there are a few exceptions.

How are films programmed?
The Official Selection films are grouped into 90-minute programs by theme.

ShortFest | Film Market

What is the ShortFest Video Library?
The ShortFest Video Library runs concurrently with ShortFest and consists of 4,000+ titles available for viewing on secure screening stations open to accredited sales agents, distributors and other industry representatives. Every film that submits to ShortFest is automatically included in the ShortFest Video Library, unless the filmmaker opts out.

Is the Video Library the same as Official Selection?
No, the Video Library includes every film that was submitted to ShortFest, unless the filmmaker opted out.

Are there laurels for films in the Video Library?

How do I participate in the Video Library?
Every film that submits to ShortFest is automatically included in the ShortFest Video Library, unless the filmmaker opts out.

How do I opt out of the Video Library?
If you would like to opt out of the Video Library, please fill out this form:

Do I need to send a DVD or other materials for the Video Library?
It's not required, but you are more than welcome to bring DVD's, press kits, buttons, postcards, and other publicity materials (get creative!) with you to promote your film while you are here at ShortFest.

Does the Video Library affect my premiere status?
No. The Video Library is not considered a public screening so it won't affect a film's premiere status.

Can I buy tickets to the Video Library?
No. The Video Library is open only to accredited ShortFest industry and filmmakers.

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 North American Short
Best U.S. Short
Bridging the Borders Award
Local Jury Award
Young Cineastes Award
Kids' Choice Award

Student Short Awards:
Best Student Animated Short
Best Student Documentary Short
Best Student Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
Best Student Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under

Programmer Awards:
Future Filmmaker Award
Best Emerging Student Filmmaker Award

Audience Awards:
Best Animated Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Genre Short
Best Documentary Short
Best LGBT+ Short
Best Live-Action Short
Best SHORT Short
Best Student 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.