The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market, one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world is now accepting submissions! The festival showcases over 320 short films each year from more than 40 countries, with a library of more than 2,900 films available to film buyers, industry and press in its concurrent Short Film Market, ShortFest is the largest festival of its kind in America.

Submit now while it’s still cheap!

The Festival offers twenty awards in six competitive categories (including student and non-student work), with cash awards or film production prizes in each category (over $100,000 worth of prizes, in all), as well as the “Bridging the Borders”, “Best of the Fest” and “Future Filmmaker” awards. All first place winners in the Live Action, Animation and Best of the Fest categories are automatically qualified for nomination consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since the Festival’s inception, 75 short films featured at the event have gone on to garner Academy Award nominations.

Festival events include nightly receptions, as well as seminars, master classes and scheduled ‘one-on-one’ meetings with industry experts and filmmaking professionals, free to all filmmakers who participate in the Festival. Best of all, all films submitted to the Festival are eligible for free inclusion in the Short Film Market and made available to all attending industry and press for viewing at our Film Market headquarters & screening center.

The event will take place at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs June 21 – 27, 2011. Film submissions are now being accepted through March 1, 2011.

For reduced submission fees, the early entry deadline is December 15, 2010 and the regular entry deadline is February 1, 2011. The late entry deadline is March 1, 2011. Entry forms are available at, by calling (760) 322-2930, or on Withoutabox.

  • Early Entry Fees – Received by December 15, 2010 – Student: $30.00 US, Non-student: $40.00 US
  • Regular Entry Fees – Received by February 1, 2011 – Student: $40.00 US, Non-student: $50.00 US
  • Late Entry Fees – Received by March 1, 2011 – Student: $50.00 US, Non-student: $60.00 US