The Palm Springs International ShortFest -- now in its 23rd year -- is one of the largest showcase of short films in North America. The seven day competitive festival screens approximately 330 films from 47 countries in a series of 90 minute programs, as well as a concurrent Palm Springs International ShortFest Online Film Festival. The Festival has twenty competitive categories with prize money, film stock and production services valued over $70,000.00 to be awarded for first and second places in addition to a "Best of Festival" award and a "Future Filmmaker" award. All first place winners in the non-student Live Action and Animation categories, and 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.

Palm Springs ShortFest no longer prioritizes premiere status when selecting films for competition.

ShortFest Film Market
All films submitted, whether screened in the Festival or not, are automatically included in the Market. The Market runs concurrently with the Festival and consists 30 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 are submitting a "work in progress," it is your responsibility to update your final screener.

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

Awards & Prizes

The Festival has twenty competitive categories with prize money, film stock and production services valued over $70,000.00 to be awarded for first and second places in addition to a "Best of Festival" award and a "Future Filmmaker" award. All first place winners in the non-student Live Action and Animation categories, and 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.

Rules & Terms

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Films must have been completed in 2016 or 2017.

Films must be no more than 40 minutes in length – including credits.

If selected, films must be available for projection in DCP.

All non-English language films must have English language subtitles.

If the film has been viewed/available on the internet without a password, you must submit the film in the Online category.

Please notify the programming department if:
-The film is or has been available for purchase or available on VOD/any streaming services or has been/will be broadcast on television prior to June 20, 2017.
-The 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.

For Student entries, a copy of an official student ID or a letter from the school must be sent with the entry submission as proof of student status when the film was made.

Changing the screening format from what is listed on the application is not permissible.

If selected, a press kit must be provided. Digital press kits are required. -At least two (2) publicity stills from the film. Stills must be submitted by email (jpg, 300 dpi preferred, clearly labeled with film title--if multiple photos are sent, please label with film title & 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc) to programming@psfilmfest.org.
-Full production credits and director’s biography.
-Film synopsis – 50 words.
-30 second Trailer (if available)

CHECK MUST BE IN US DOLLARS drawn on a US Bank – NO NON-US CHECKS ACCEPTED

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed entry
Online screener
Entry fee

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    Morgan Stewart

    The Gold standard for short film festivals. I attended from New Zealand and it was well worth the trip, especially for the film makers I met from around the world and still keep in touch with - Director Joe Hitchcock

    November 2016
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    Iñaki Velásquez

    Amazing experience, honestly very grateful.

    November 2016
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    Jamie Thalman

    Palm Springs International ShortFest is an amazing festival that brings filmmakers from around the world. The value-added panels and networking focused on short-form content make it very special.

    August 2016
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    Sarah Gampel

    Wow, this festival is one of my best film festival experiences. I feel lucky to have been a part of it. If your film gets accepted I highly recommend all filmmakers to come to Palm Springs. I saw great films and made new inspiring friendships.

    August 2016
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    Kőszegi Tamás

    This is a great festival really worth trying.

    July 2016