Palm Springs Short Fest

“Sun. Screen.” That’s the quite clever slogan for the 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest Short Film Festival & Film Market, which will showcase more than 300 short films from over 50 countries in 90-minute specially thematically programmed packages over seven days in late spring.

Comedies, thrillers, films noir, dramas, romances, animated shorts, and docs will unspool from June 16 to 22, and passes are already available online at Those particularly in the know will know that this fest is an Oscar qualifying event, and that in its first 20 years, ShortFest helped send some 101 shorts to the Academy Awards as nominees. And if that’s not enough to convince would-be attendees that quality will reign supreme on screen, please note that this is the largest and most celebrated event of its kind in North America. “Cut…and print!” as they say in Hollywood. “That’s a wrap!”

More than 20,000 aficionados, filmmakers, industry pros, and members of the media are expected to attend in 2015, and ticket packages are available now. The world-class way to go is to purchase a premium, all-access Chairman’s Pass ($500), which entitles the bearer to the opening night screening and reception, the closing night awards screenings and reception, and every forum and master class offered—not to mention the filmmaker lounge and all festival filmmaker parties. In addition, the Chairman’s Pass comes with guaranteed reserved seating at all screenings, up to 10 minutes before show time. Because your headshot will adorn it, your pass is non-transferable.

Another way to go is to purchase Reel-Deal 6-Packs at $60, which gives you vouchers redeemable in advance to film programs of your choosing. The total savings off à la carte ticket prices is $12.

There are many other options for lesser passes and single tickets available online, with Early Bird prices available through April 14. The full list and schedule of films will be released June 7. But you can act now to reserve your spot. Then, get ready to laugh, cry, and marvel at this latest crop of mini masterpieces. See you out in the dark, my friends!


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