The world comes to Palm Springs for the 20th International ShortFest

PALM SPRINGS - The 20th Palm Springs International ShortFest will get under way today.

The festival will showcase 330 short films from around the world -- organized by genre and theme -- and more than 3,000 submissions will be available in its ShortFest Market.

The festival runs through June 23 at Camelot Theatres. The opening-night event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the theater.

The films, representing more than 50 countries, will include 84 world premieres, 71 North American premieres and 22 U.S. premieres, according to organizers.

Filmmaker forums and master classes will also be held as part of the festival.

More than $115,000 in prizes will be given in 21 categories. First-place winners in four categories will be automatically eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a possible Academy Award nomination. Winners will be announced June 22 at a closing night screening and reception, according to organizers.

A dozen films are being shown in the ShortFest Online Film Festival on the festival's website through August, with online voting through June 21. The ShortFest Online Audience Award will be announced on the last night of the festival.

For information, schedules and tickets, go to www.psfilmfest.org.

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