The Palm Springs International ShortFest 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 approximately 330 short films from 60 countries in a series of 90-minute programs.

The Festival has 17 competitive categories with prize money and services valued at over $70,000. First-place winners in the Non-student Animation, Non-student Documentary and Non-student Live-Action categories, as well as the Best of the Fest Award winner will automatically become eligible for nomination consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the short film categories.

ShortFest Film Market
All films submitted—regardless of whether they ultimately screen during the Festival—are automatically included in the Market. The Market runs concurrently with the Festival and consists of secure viewing stations open to accredited sales agents, distributors and other industry representatives. The Market is not considered a public screening and does not affect a film's premiere status.

Please note the screener you include in your submission is the screener that will be available at the Market.

If you would like to opt out of the Market, please contact the programming department at info@psfilmfest.org.

The Festival has 17 competitive categories with prize money and services valued at over $70,000. First place winners in the Non-student Animation, Non-student Documentary and Non-student Live-Action categories, as well as the Best of the Festival Award winner will automatically become eligible for nomination consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the short film categories.

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

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Do you accept works-in-progress?
A: 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.

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

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  • rolf brönnimann

    Palm Springs was a wonderful experience, lots of great films, perfectly organized. The film makers are treated very kindly. There was great enthusiasm for our work.

    August 2019
  • Rebecca McCutcheon

    Our Director and AP had a wonderful time attending this festival.

    July 2019
  • patrick moser

    Superb in every way, a wonderful festival experience

    July 2019
  • Samuel Auer

    An amazing festival, amazing people, amazing films. Thanks so much the hospitality.

    July 2019
  • The organisation from this team is phenomenal, plus they make every single filmmaker and their team feel so welcome. THIS is how you run a film festival!! The Sylvia team had the best time, thank you.

    July 2019