The 20th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest kicks off this week, with seven days of film screenings and forums focusing on short format films (films with a running time of forty minutes or less), as well as nightly parties and receptions. ShortFest, which runs from June 17 – 23, 2014, features over 300 short films from more than fifty countries, bringing emerging international directors to the area to showcase their talents. Presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society, producers of the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival that is held in the desert every January, ShortFest is the largest festival of its kind in the country, and also includes a concurrent Short Film Market (the only such market in North America), where over 3,000 short films are available for film buyers, industry and press.
Film screenings are held at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and are open to the public, with tickets available for purchase online or at the Camelot Theatres box office (subject to availability). We’re looking forward to Rose McGowan’s directorial debut in ‘Dawn,’ which is included in the ‘Altered States’ lineup of films showing on Friday, June 20 at 8pm. ‘Dawn,’ which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, is set in 1961 and examines the life of a teenage girl trying to break free from her overprotective parents and the societal constraints of that era.
Tickets for evening parties are available online as well, like the opening night gala at Lulu California Bistro (gala event at Lulu is included with opening night screening tickets), the ‘French Party’ at the Ace Hotel celebrating the French-language films and filmmakers participating in the festival, and a filmmaker party on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel. For more information, visit PSFilmFest.org!
Above images: Stills from films featured in this year’s ShortFest, courtesy of the Palm Springs International Film Society and the respective filmmakers