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2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest: regular deadline is March 15, extended Submission Deadline to April 6th



June 19- 25 2012

Call for Entries

Regular entry deadline is March 16, 2012.
Late entry deadline is April 6, 2012
Online entry form

Contact Info
For more information contact:
Palm Springs International Short Film Festival

1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way,
Suite 3 Palm Springs,
California 92262 USA

Tel: (760) 322-2930
Fax: (760) 322-4087






The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market, celebrated as one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs June 19 - 25, 2012. Film submissions are now being accepted through April 6, 2012.

The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival and Film Market, now entering its 18th year, is the largest showcase of short films in North America. With over 300 films from more than 40 countries screened annually, the Festival is truly a world-class event. Each year over two-thirds of the films presented at the Festival are acquired by distributors, networks or on -line companies, or find sales agents. Festival winners are eligible for Oscar® consideration in the Short Film categories for Live Action, Animation and Best of the Fest categories. Since the Festival's inception, over 80 short films from our Festival have gone on to win Oscar® Nominations.

Executive Director Darryl Macdonald said, "The Festival and its associated Film Market is ranked the largest in North America. It is also consistently noted as one of the most filmmaker friendly and finest organized short film festivals in the World. Over the course of the Festival's first 11 years, 49 films from our line-up went on to become Academy Award nominees. Our Short Film Market, which runs during the Festival, encompasses over 2,200 new short films and viewing facilities for attending industry, press and filmmakers.

Last year's ShortFest drew almost 15,000 attendees, including over 500 filmmakers, press and industry buyers and representatives and is truly a world-class event. Each year over two-thirds of the films presented at the Festival are acquired by distributors, networks or online companies, or find sales agents. In addition to attracting the top North American and European distributors and sales agents of short films, agents, studio and specialty-channel representatives attend the Festival in search of the next generation of writers and directors.


ShortFest is a competitive Film Festival. Films accepted are automatically eligible for the applicable competition category. ShortFest prioritizes premiere status when selecting films for competition. All films accepted are considered
for the Audience Award. A Jury comprised of filmmakers and industry representatives will screen all competition finalists, deliberate and announce the results at Awards Night on Sunday evening. Filmmakers not present will be notified in writing. Winning films will be screened again for audiences on Monday.
Prints and tapes will not be released from the festival until the winning films have been announced.


1) There will be a total of twenty (20) awards presented including: Best Animation; Best Live Action (15 minutes and under); Best Live Action (over 15 minutes); Best Documentary; Best Student Cinematography; Best Student Animation; Best Student Live Action (15 minutes and under); Best Student Live Action (over 15 minutes) and Best Student Documentary. In addition, there is a Grand Jury Award and a Future Filmmaker Award.

2) All first and second place winners will receive awards. In total, over $70,000 in cash, film stock and production services will be awarded. All first place winners in the Live Action and Animation categories will also become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for possible Academy Award nomination except as noted below.

*Please note:
A first place winner does not represent automatic Academy consideration: It takes the place of qualifying screenings. The Academy is notified of the winning entries. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to contact the Academy
for all details, and to request a submission form. Academy contact information will be made available to the winning filmmakers by the festival, or can be found by visiting

Entry requirements:

Early Entry Fees- Postmarked by January 16, 2012:
Student: US $30.00, Non-student: US $40.00

Regular Entry Fees- Postmarked by March 16, 2012:
Student: US $40.00, Non-student US $50.00

Late Entry Fees- Postmarked by April 6, 2012:
Student: US $50.00, Non-student US $60.00

  • No fee waivers will be granted. Please do not ask.
  • No phone calls accepted before January 31, 2012.
  • Films must have been completed in 2011 or 2012.
  • Films must be no more than 40 minutes in length including credits.
  • Acceptable formats for exhibition: 35 mm, BetaSP, Digibeta, DV Cam, and Blu-ray (For Blu-ray, must be professionally-authored NTSC Region Code 1 only; no home-burned Blu-rays will be accepted).

We cannot exhibit DVDs or HDCAM.

  • All non-English language films must have legible English language subtitles.
  • The film must not have been viewed on the internet or national broadcast, cable or satellite television prior to the Festival screening. Films broadcast on the internet prior to the Festival dates are eligible for presentation only in

ShortFest's Online Film Festival.

  • The film must not have had a public screening in Palm Springs prior to the Festival screening.
  • Films accepted into the festival must arrive with shipping and customs duties or taxes pre-paid, two weeks prior to the Festival opening.
  • Please note: If you are submitting multiple shorts, each short must be submitted on a separate disc for selection purposes. Compilation discs with multiple titles will not be accepted.


Applications must include:

  • Completed entry form (typed).
  • DVD Screener (NTSC or PAL).
  • Full production credits and director's biography.
  • Film synopsis - 50 words.
  • Fees are payable ONLY by U.S. check, International Money Order, American Express, MasterCard or VISA.


Filmmakers will be notified on or before June 6th as to whether or not their film has been selected.

A Film Market is held in conjunction with the Festival. The Market is a DVD library consisting of all submitted titles that are made available to accredited industry representatives throughout the festival. Viewing stations are provided on site. All films meeting entry requirements are automatically included in the market unless otherwise advised by the filmmaker in writing.
NOTE: DVDs are not returned except by written request accompanied by a postagepaid return envelope or with an additional $10 USD. Otherwise, all entries will remain in the festival library for one year. We strongly suggest DVD disks submitted come from a professionally authorized source.

We encourage all interested filmmakers to apply and experience the art of short cinema in our beautiful desert oasis. Entry forms are also available at or by calling (760) 322-2930.

Download the online entry form:
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Palm Springs International ShortFest
1700 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite #3
Palm Springs, California 92262 USA
(for print shipping, include Federal Tax ID: 95-1641910 and non-profit 501(c)(3) status)
760-322-2930 / Fax: 760-322-4087
email: info@psfilmfest.org

Information about the Festival and submission guidelines can be found on the Festival's website at

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival

1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way,
Suite 3 Palm Springs,
California 92262 USA

Tel: (760) 322-2930
Fax: (760) 322-4087


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