The Palm Springs International ShortFest—now in its 24th 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 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.

Awards & Prizes

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.

Rules & Terms

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Films must have been completed in 2017 or 2018.

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.

Please notify the programming department if your film has screened or will screen in the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs area prior to June 20, 2017.

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

15 Reviews

Overall Rating
Quality
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Hospitality
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    Jonatan Schwenk

    Unfortunately I was not able to attend the festival, but the communication was great and I even got a few interesting contacts through the festival. Thanks!!!

    August 2017
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    Michael Tobin

    Palm Springs Fest was the best fest I've ever been to, hands down. It was like summercamp for filmmakers. No egos or bad vibes, super supportive. Mad props to the programming team!

    August 2017
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    Jessica Petelle

    Fantastic festival! So happy to have premiered my film ALL GOOD among such great work!

    July 2017
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    Anna-Maria Hutri

    I loved the activities and the possibilities for networking organised by the festival. Brilliant level of quality short films.

    July 2017
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    Fredric Lehne

    This is simply a fantastic festival. Packed houses even on weekday afternoons. High quality films. Filmmaker lounge where you can munch all day, a media center where you can view any film (even submissions not selected) at anytime, awards ceremony where they show most of the winners - in case you hadn't seen them. It's all run as smoothly as possible. We've been to quite a few festivals - this is one of, if not the, best.

    June 2017