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40 Animated Shorts to Compete at Palm Springs International ShortFest

295 films across animation, live-action, and documentary were selected from over 5,500 entries; in-theatre screenings of 49 curated programs run June 22-28.

The 27th annual Palm Springs International ShortFest, running June 22-28, has just announced their selections across animated, documentary, and live-action short film categories. Screenings scheduled in-theatre at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) include 49 curated programs showcasing 295 films, among them 32 world premieres, 13 international premieres, 46 North American premieres and 22 U.S. premieres. More than 5,500 short films from 104 countries were submitted.

“As we collectively move toward this next stage together, we feel a strong sense of gratitude to share the 2021 edition of ShortFest in person,” said artistic director Lili Rodriguez. “At the center of our plans has been a commitment to this great community of storytellers and moviegoers, and we're excited to make our return to the silver screen a safe and enjoyable one.”

ShortFest co-directors of programming Linton Melita and Sudeep Sharma said, "The entire programming team was blown away by the quality and quantity of amazing films made and submitted during these unprecedented times. We think this program represents the very best work of exciting, bold, and talented filmmakers from all over the world, and we can't wait to celebrate them by sharing their films in a theater with an in-person audience!"

Check out the festival trailer:

Juried award winners will be announced on Sunday, June 27, with awards and cash prizes worth $25,000 including five Academy Award-qualifying awards. Over the course of 26 years, the festival has presented over 100 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations.

This year’s categories, each with its own jury include:

  • Oscar Qualifying Awards: Best of the Festival Award, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under
  • Student Short Awards: Best Student Animated Short, Best Student Documentary Short, Best Student International Short, Best Student U.S. Short
  • Special Jury Awards: Best International Short, Best U.S. Short, Best Comedy Short, Best LGBTQ+ Short, Best Midnight Short, Local Jury Award, Young Cineastes Award, Bridging the Borders Award, Vimeo Staff Pick Award

The ShortFest Forum will also take place from June 22-28, with virtual classes and panels featuring industry representatives, filmmakers, and additional guests. This year’s panels will cover a wide range of topics, including building an inclusive set; co-productions and international collaborations; shorts distribution; the documentary landscape; feature distribution; festival strategy; feature film financing; festival programming; pitching; social change and impact filmmaking; transitioning from shorts to features; working with actors; and private roundtables with agents, managers and labs, grants, and artist development. A list of industry participants will be announced closer to the event. ShortFest filmmakers will have priority access to the ShortFest Forum. Seven of the panels will be available for the general public, with pre-registration required. Registration opens today.

The complete line-up and schedule can be found here. The animated shorts selections are as follows:

  • À La Mode (France) Director: Jean Lecointre
  • Affairs of the Art (UK/Canada) Director: Joanna Quinn
  • After-life Service (France) Director: Coline César, Florent Chaput, Steven Lecomte, Claire Maury, Emilie Milcent, Sophie Payan
  • All Those Sensations in My Belly (Croatia/Portugal) Director: Marko Dješka (Documentary)
  • Are You Still Watching? (Australia) Director: Tali Polichtuk, Alex Cardy, Kitty Chrystal
  • Bad Seeds (Canada) Director: Claude Cloutier (U.S. Premiere)
  • Bearly (USA) Director: Cherry Zhou
  • BoxBalet (Russia) Director: Anton Dyakov
  • Cockpera (Croatia) Director: Kata Gugić
  • Colorful (South Korea) Director: Jae Hyeon Cha, Byeong Hyeon Hwang
  • Friend of a Friend (France) Director: Zachary Zezima
  • Ghost Dogs (USA) Director: Joe Cappa
  • Good Night Little Tomato (France) Director: Cyprien Nozières (North American Premiere)
  • Heart of Gold (France) Director: Simon Filliot
  • Horacio (France) Director: Caroline Cherrier
  • I, Barnabé (Canada) Director: Jean-François Lévesque
  • I'm Here (Poland) Director: Julia Orlik
  • It's All the Salt's Fault (Colombia) Director: María Cristina Pérez González (U.S. Premiere)
  • Love Is Just a Death Away (Czech Republic) Director: Bára Anna Stejskalová
  • Millennial Prince (USA) Director: Julie Fliegenspan
  • Misery Loves Company (South Korea/USA) Director: Sasha Lee
  • Navozande, the Musician (France) Director: Reza Riahi
  • Night Bus (Taiwan) Director: Joe Chan (U.S. Premiere)
  • Nuevo Rico (USA) Director: Kristian Mercado Figueroa                        
  • Our Bed Is Green (USA) Director: Maggie Brennan
  • Our Mine (USA) Director: Shayna Strype (California Premiere)
  • Pigeon (South Korea/USA) Director: Sang Joon Kim (North American Premiere)
  • Polka-Dot Boy (France) Director: Sarina Nihei
  • Postpartum (Germany) Director: Henriette Rietz
  • Self Scratch (France) Director: Chenghua Yang (North American Premiere)
  • Souvenir Souvenir (France) Director: Bastien Dubois (Documentary)
  • Step Into the River (China/France) Director: Weijia Ma
  • A Stone in the Shoe (France/Switzerland) Director: Eric Montchaud (North American Premiere)
  • Them (Switzerland) Director: Sunitha Sangaré. (International Premiere)
  • The Train Driver (Germany) Director: Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim (Documentary, North American Premiere)
  • Tulip (USA) Director: Andrea Love, Phoebe Wahl
  • The Walk (Canada) Director: Yoakim Bélanger (U.S. Premiere)
  • We Have One Heart (Poland) Director: Katarzyna Warzecha (Documentary)
  • What Resonates in Silence (France) Director: Marine Blin
  • Your Own Bullshit (Poland) Director: Daria Kopiec

Source: Palm Springs International ShortsFest