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2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest!

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One of the most acclaimed short film festivals in the world - the Palm Springs International ShortFest - is set for June 21-June 27, 2016. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will showcase over 300 short films from 54 countries, including 46 world premieres, 63 North American premieres and 13 US premieres.

Some of the hottest award-winning and star-studded shorts included this year are: Black Swell starring Richard Kind, a moralistic yet poetic look at death through a man considering suicide in a motel room; A Walk in Winter starring James Franco, Jack Kehler and Abigail Spencer about a man who is forced to confront his difficult childhood when he is called home to identify his mother's body; and Mildred & The Dying Parlor with Steve Buscemi, Evan Jonigkeit and Zosia Marmet about a young woman whose parents run a dying parlor, where people arrive alive but intend to die there, and the unexpected person who shows up.

The festival has a mission to "inspire, empower and encourage the emerging filmmakers from around the globe", so aspiring filmmakers who attend Palm Springs ShortFest can participate in four days of forums including master classes, roundtables, panels and events. The forums feature industry professionals who share their first-hand experiences with participants, who can then network and converse with professionals and other attendees. The types of topics historically covered at the forums include such important things as casting, financing, pitching and navigating the international film festival circuit. 

Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs will host screenings of 56 curated films throughout the festival, and industry attendees can view over 4100 festival submissions in the Film Market. There will be opening and closing night screenings and receptions as well as other special events throughout the festival.


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