PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market will wrap up today.
More than 300 films were screened at the 19th annual festival, which started Tuesday. There will be several "best of the fest" screenings today, starting with animation shorts at noon.
A total of $110,000 in prizes were given in 19 categories on Sunday. Jury award winners included French film "Delicate Gravity" for best of festival, French film "Stranger Brothers" for grand jury award and German film "Rhino Full Throttle" for future filmmaker.
Winners were also announced in student and audience categories. All winners are listed on the festival's website.
"This has been a spectacularly successful year for ShortFest on all fronts. Attendance figures spiked, with more sold out screenings than ever before, the number of filmmakers attending the festival jumped by 30 percent over last year and industry participation has doubled," said Darryl Macdonald, ShortFest programming and executive director.
"Those numbers, coupled with the rapturous response to the films and programs by filmgoers attending the festival, means we'll be doing some serious planning to accommodate the rapid growth of ShortFest in the off season leading into next year's event."
This year's festival featured shorts from 49 countries, 70 world premieres, 55 North American premieres and 14 U.S. premieres. Eleven films were chosen for the ShortFest Online Film Festival and are available via the festival's website. They will play online for two months after the festival, according to organizers.
First-place winners in four categories are automatically eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an Academy Award nomination.
For information, tickets to today's screenings, a listing winners or to watch the online films, go to www.psfilmfest.org. Call (800) 898-7256.