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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Films must have been completed in 2018 or 2019.

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.

Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.

If sending a check, check must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a United States bank. NO NON-U.S. CHECKS ACCEPTED.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed entry
Digital screener
Entry fee

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  • arman fayyz

    One of the best professional festival short film fiction in the world and definitely very important.

    August 2018
  • brendan brady

    Palm Springs is an incredible place to premiere your film. It is a great place to meet filmmakers, network and enjoy watching your movie premiere. Plus it's so nice and hot!

    July 2018
  • Jimena Muhlia

    Amazing festival! Hope to come back in the future.

    July 2018
  • Andrew Carbone

    Such a great festival! Worth the submission fee! And if selected, GO TO PALM SPRINGS!

    July 2018
  • Nathalie Alvarez

    Second time I come: Love it!

    July 2018