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

15 Reviews

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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