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25th Palm Springs ShortFest to feature 369 films

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - The Palm Springs International ShortFest is shaping up to be a jam-packed event this year; on Tuesday, the Palm Springs International Film Society released the festival's lineup, which will include 369 films. 

The ShortFest, which is celebrating its 25th year, is kicking off on June 18 and will run through June 24. The event will be hosted at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and touts 60 world premieres, 25 international premieres, 46 North American premieres, 17 U.S. premieres, and 98 California premieres. 

"Once again, we're thrilled to share an incredible lineup brimming with talent from all over the globe," said Artistic Director Lili Rodriguez. "From festival favorites to fresh discoveries, it's clear that there is no shortage of talent in the short film world. The programming team poured over a record number of 5,600 submissions to find the 369 films that made the lineup – a selection that showcases a kaleidoscope of voices and perspectives, rich in originality and skill."

The festival will give out over $86,000 in prizes, $26,750 in cash awards, for the event's 22 categories. This year, over 5,600 submissions were received from 118 different countries.

Since the festival's inception, 101 ShortFest films have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations. 

This year's film pool is a star-studded one, with short films featuring work from some noteworthy actors, according to the festival's news release announcing the lineup:

"Short films featuring celebrated film and TV actors include Paul Lieberstein, Mandy Moore and Justin Bartha in The Big Break; Gillian Jacobs directs Danny Pudi in Curated; Maria Bello in EXIT; Amy Landecker in Father Figurine; Jamie McShane in Good Morning; Tyler Labine in It's Your Call; Brittany Snow directs Milkshake with Anna Camp; Patton Oswalt, Ben Schwartz and Dermot Mulroney in Monster Challenge; Chris Gethard in Nighty Night; Tom Skerritt in The Phantom 52; M. Emmet Walsh in South of Bix; and Brian Cox in Widdershins."

You can check out the full festival lineup for this year below:

Animation
•        61 Beehive Street (United Kingdom/Spain) Director: Helena Bonastre Rodriguez
•        Acid Rain (Poland) Director: Tomek Popakul
•        Bear With Me (Netherlands) North American Premiere. Director: Daphna Awadish
•        Between the Shadows (Portugal/France) Directors: Mónica Santos, Alice Guimarães
•        Bolero Station (Switzerland) California Premiere. Director: Rolf Brönnimann
•        Caterpillarplasty (Canada) Director: David Barlow-Krelina
•        Cat Noir (Switzerland) Director: O'Neil Bürgi
•        Circuit (Switzerland) California Premiere. Director: Delia Hess
•        Deadman's Reach (United Kingdom) North American Premiere. Director: Quentin Vien
•        Epoch (Ireland) International Premiere. Director: Kevin McGloughlin
•        Girl in the Hallway (Canada) Director: Valerie Barnhart
•        Goldie (USA) Director: Emily Brundige
•        Guaxuma (Brazil/France) Director: Nara Normande
•        Hors piste (France) Directors: Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet
•        Icebergs (Greece/USA) Director: Eirini Vianelli
•        I'm Going Out for Cigarettes (France) Director: Osman Cerfon
•        Laugh Lines (Switzerland) California Premiere. Director: Patricia Wenger
•        The Lost Sound (Australia) Director: Steffie Yee
•        Maintain Yourself (USA) California Premiere. Director: Ellie LaCourt
•        Marooned (USA) North American Premiere. Director: Andy Erekson
•        Mind My Mind (Netherlands/Belgium) California Premiere. Director: Floor Adams
•        Mogu & Perol (Japan) Director: Tsuneo Goda
•        My Brother Luca (Mexico) World Premiere. Directors: Carlos Algara, Catalina Serna
•        My Mother's Eyes (United Kingdom) California Premiere. Director: Jenny Wright
•        Nosis (Germany) Director: Vincenz Neuhaus
•        Not Your Panda (Canada) California Premiere. Director: Tigris Alt Sakda
•        On the Day You Were Born (USA) Director: Duke Doyle
•        The Opposites Games (USA) Directors: Anna Samo, Lisa LaBracio
•        Pace (Germany) World Premiere. Director: Kai Stänicke
•        Per tutta la vita (Italy/France) Director: Roberto Catani
•        The Phantom 52 (USA/Japan) California Premiere. Director: Geoff Marslett
•        Riviera (France) U.S. Premiere. Director: Jonas Schloesing
•        Selfies (Switzerland) Director: Claudius Gentinetta
•        Sister (China/United States) Director: Siqi Song
•        Spermaceti (Belgium) North American Premiere. Director: Jacky De Groen
•        The Stained Club (France/France) Directors: Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier
•        The Subject (Canada) Director: Patrick Bouchard
•        Trump Bites: "I Alone Can Fix It!" (USA) Directors: Bill Plympton, Billy Shebar, David C. Roberts
•        Under Covers (USA) California Premiere. Director: Michaela Olsen
•        Widdershins (United Kingdom) Director: Simon P. Biggs
•        Wild Love (France) California Premiere. Directors: Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux
•        Windshriek (France) North American Premiere. Director: Frédéric Doazan
•        Your Mother Is a Thief! (Canada) California Premiere. Director: Marie-Josée  Saint-Pierre
 
Documentary 
•        About Bintou (United Kingdom/China) Director: Dezhou Li
•        Ale y Yose (USA) World Premiere. Director: Erin Semine Kökdil
•        All Inclusive (Switzerland) Director: Corina Schwingruber Ili 
•        American Refugee (USA) World Premiere. Director: Ron Najor
•        At Her Fingertips (Peru) World Premiere. Director: Erica Nguyen
•        Backwards (Israel) North American Premiere. Director: Dana Gelman
•        Betty Feeds the Animals (USA) California Premiere. Director: James P. Gannon
•        The Briefing (Poland) North American Premiere. Director: Filip Drzewiecki
•        Brother, Move On (Switzerland/India) California Premiere. Director: Antshi von Moos
•        Burton Before and After (USA) Directors: Courtney Hermann, Kerribeth Elliott
•        The Clinic (USA) Director: Elivia Shaw
•        Connected (Poland) California Premiere. Director: Aleksandra Maciejczyk
•        Couper Was Here (USA) Director: Nicole Foley
•        Crowley – Cowboy Up (USA) California Premiere. Director: André Hörmann
•        Dani (USA) Director: Lizzy Hogenson
•        The Day Don Died (Canada) Directors: Steve J. Adams, Sean Horlor
•        Double Exposed (USA) Director: Julie Buck
•        Edgecombe (USA) Director: Crystal Kayiza
•        Excess Will Save Us (Sweden) U.S. Premiere. Director: Morgane Dziurla-Petit
•        Far From Past (Austria/Switzerland) North American Premiere. Director: Nicole Foelsterl
•        How to Breathe in Kern County (USA) North American Premiere. Director: Chris Filippone
•        How to Make a Rainbow (USA) California Premiere. Director: Ryan Maxey
•        Hunters (Switzerland) North American Premiere. Director: Benjamin Bucher
•        Inferno (Australia/Mexico) World Premiere. Director: Patrick Fileti
•        Kamali (India/United Kingdom) California Premiere. Director: Sasha Rainbow
•        La Espiga (Mexico/USA) World Premiere. Director: Cameron G. Quevedo
•        Last Sermon at George's Creek (USA) Directors: Bobby Moser, Spencer Creigh
•        Lowland Kids (USA) California Premiere. Director: Sandra Winther
•        Mack Wrestles (USA) Directors: Taylor Hess, Erin Sanger
•        Matsutake Hunters (Canada) Director: Shannon Walsh
•        mountain (Belgium) North American Premiere. Director: Grégoire Verbeke
•        My Last Days: Meet Anthony (USA) Director: Farhoud Meybodi
•        Noodle School (USA/China) Director: Jia Li
•        Nowhere Bastards (Mexico) Director: Mario González Jiménez
•        The Path of Least Resistance (USA) California Premiere. Directors: Aldo Chacon, Salvador Chacon
•        Phyllis and Francesca 48 Years On (Australia) Director: Edwina Storie
•        Sage (USA) Director: Gabe Dinsmoor
•        Seeds of Deceit (Netherlands) California Premiere. Director: Miriam Guttmann
•        Shirley Temple (Canada) U.S. Premiere. Director: Audrey Nantel-Gagnon
•        Shout At Me! (Mexico) Director: Laura Herrero Garvin
•        Small Talk (USA) Director: Paul Szynol
•        Smile (Australia) California Premiere. Directors: Harriet McKern, Remy Varga
•        Sole Doctor (USA) Director: Paula Bernstein
•        Stay Close (USA/China) California Premiere. Directors: Luther Clement, Shuhan Fan
•        Swatted (France) California Premiere. Director: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
•        Sweetheart Dancers (USA) Director: Ben-Alex Dupris
•        This Is Not a (Iranian) Film (USA/Iran) North American Premiere. Director: Azar Kafaei
 
Live Action
•        100 EUR (Austria) North American Premiere. Director: Aleksey Lapin
•        Abu Eli (Israel) World Premiere. Director: Maya Louzon
•        The Afghanistans (Romania) North American Premiere. Director: Adrian Silisteanu
•        After You Left (USA) Director: April Maxey
•        Ah Gong (Taiwan) Director: Clifford Miu
•        Ahmed's Song (France) North American Premiere. Director: Foued Mansour
•        Alien (South Korea) North American Premiere. Director: Jegwang Yeon
•        Alien Culture (United Kingdom) California Premiere. Director: Iesh Thapar
•        All in Good Time (Ireland) Director: Bonnie Dempsey
•        Alma (Colombia) California Premiere. Director: Santiago León Cuéllar
•        The Amazon (France) Director: Alexandra Naoum
•        Artem Silendi (France) California Premiere. Director: Frank Ychou
•        The Artisan (Cuba) World Premiere. Director: Adrián Cárdenas
•        Ashmina (United Kingdom/Nepal) Director: Dekel Berenson
•        Astres (Canada) World Premiere. Director: Andrée-Anne Roussel
•        Atomic Ed (France) Director: Nicolas Hugon
•        Autumn Waltz (Serbia/USA) Director: Ognjen Petkovi 
•        Ave Eva (Greece) Director: Oliwia Twardowska
•        Aylin (Turkey) World Premiere. Director: Ozan Yoleri
•        Bad People (Georgia) California Premiere. Director: Giorgi Tavartkiladze
•        Bajo la sombra del guacarí (Colombia) California Premiere. Director: Greg Méndez Lopéz
•        Balloon (USA) World Premiere. Director: Jeremy Merrifield
•        Bastard (Azerbaijan/United Kingdom) World Premiere. Director: Daniel Guliyev
•        Baya (Belgium) World Premiere. Director: Alice Gadbled
•        Beautiful Loser (France) California Premiere. Director: Maxime Roy
•        The Big Break (USA) California Premiere. Director: Philip Andelman
•        Birthday Night (Iran) California Premiere. Director: Omid Shams
•        Blackmaria (Colombia) California Premiere. Director: Juan Pablo Caballero
•        Blackwood (Australia) California Premiere. Director: Kalu Oji
•        The Blue Cape (USA) California Premiere. Director: Alejandra López
•        Bob & Dale (USA/Canada) World Premiere. Director: David Rosfeld
•        Bodega (USA) California Premiere. Director: Rebecca Halfon
•        Boléro (USA) World Premiere. Director: Sarah Gross
•        Bootyful (France) California Premiere. Director: François Barbier
•        Boy (Belgium) Director: Isabelle Schapira
•        Boy Gets Eaten (Norway) North American Premiere. Director: Sebastian Lagerkvist
•        Brain Jail (USA) World Premiere. Director: Carleton Ranney
•        Bronzed (USA) Director: Mike Egan
•        Brooklyn Park (USA) World Premiere. Director: Nikola Duravcevic
•        Brotherhood (Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden) Director: Meryam Joobeur
•        Bug Bite (USA) California Premiere. Director: Emily Ann Hoffman
•        Bulles d'air (France) California Premiere. Director: Daouda Diakhate
•        The Bumbry Encounter (USA) Director: Jay K. Raja
•        By a Hair (France) California Premiere. Directors: Yvonnick Muller, Lauriane Escaffre
•        Cadelas (Brazil) International Premiere. Director: Rita Toledo
•        Capital (United Kingdom) California Premiere. Director: Freddy Syborn
•        Caucasus (Lithuania) North American Premiere. Director: Laurynas Barei a
•        Ceremony Night (Iran) World Premiere. Director: Behnam Abedi
•        The Chairs (Azerbaijan/United Kingdom) North American Premiere. Director: Orkhan Aghazadeh
•        Chaos (Germany) World Premiere. Director: Samuel Auer
•        The Christmas Gift (Romania/Spain) California Premiere. Director: Bogdan Muresanu
•        Clear Valley Report (USA) World Premiere. Director: Michael Rubin
•        The Cocoa Fondue Show (USA) Director: Andrew Arnold
•        Coda (USA) Director: Zoe Jarman
•        The Colour of Your Lips (Canada/Canada) California Premiere. Director: Annick Blanc
•        Constellations (United Kingdom/Canada) California Premiere. Director: Anna Maguire
•        Crude Oil (USA) Director: Christopher Good
•        The Culture (Norway) California Premiere. Director: Ernst De Geer
•        Curandera (Peru/USA) Director: Mauricio Rivera Hoffman
•        Curated (USA) California Premiere. Director: Gillian Jacobs
•        Debris (USA/Peru) California Premiere. Director: Julio O. Ramos
•        Deep Tissue (USA) California Premiere. Director: Meredith Alloway
•        Difficult People (India/USA) Director: Sohil Vaidya
•        Dissect (Iran) North American Premiere. Director: Siavash Shahabi
•        Dog (Canada) World Premiere. Director: Pascal Sanchez
•        The Do It Up Date (USA) Directors: Emily Ting, Andrew Barchilon
•        The Dressing (USA) World Premiere. Director: Patrick Moser
•        The Drink (United Kingdom) Director: Cosima Spender
•        Dunya's Day (Saudi Arabia/USA) Director: Raed Alsemari
•        Dziadzio (Canada) California Premiere. Director: Aaron Ries
•        Elephant in the Room (Switzerland) California Premiere. Director: Chanelle Eidenbenz
•        Ella (Norway) International Premiere. Director: Tommy Næss
•        Ellinikon (Greece) World Premiere. Director: Konstantinos Prepis
•        Engaged (USA) Director: David Scala
•        Eva Sola (Germany/Spain) International Premiere. Director: Lara Rodríguez Cruz
•        Exit (USA/Canada) U.S. Premiere. Director: Claire Edmondson
•        Family (Belgium/France) U.S. Premiere. Director: Catherine Cosme
•        A Family Affair (United Kingdom) U.S. Premiere. Director: Florence Keith-Roach
•        Farewell (Israel) International Premiere. Director: Vitali Agronov
•        Far Out (Germany) North American Premiere. Director: Jan-Peter Horstmann
•        Father and Daughter (France/France) World Premiere. Director: Eric Du Bellay
•        Father Figurine (USA) California Premiere. Director: Matt Kazman
•        Fatiya (France) U.S. Premiere. Director: Marion Desseigne-Ravel
•        F*ck Bunny (USA) Director: Wesley Wingo
•        Feathers (USA) California Premiere. Director: A.V. Rockwell
•        The Fight (United Kingdom) World Premiere. Director: Georgi Banks-Davies
•        The Fisherwoman (Dominican Republic/USA) California Premiere. Director: Lorena Durán Jiménez
•        Five Secrets to Mom (USA) Director: Charles Dillon Ward
•        Fixed Water (USA) World Premiere. Director: Christine Haroutounian
•        Floating (Spain/Argentina) Director: Frankie De Leonardis
•        Floss (China/Norway) World Premiere. Director: Popo Fan
•        Frida Think (Ireland/Ireland) North American Premiere. Director: Maya Derrington
•        Fuck You (Sweden) Director: Anette Sidor
•        Fun Factory (Norway/Germany) International Premiere. Directors: Lisa Brooke Hansen, Even Hafnor
•        Garage (Switzerland) World Premiere. Director: Lorraine Perriard
•        The Gentleman (Sweden) U.S. Premiere. Director: Hanna Westerlind
•        God Never Dies (USA/Ireland) Director: Barbara Cigarroa
•        The Golden Legend (Spain) California Premiere. Directors: Chema García Ibarra, Ion de Sosa
•        Golden Malibu (Mexico) California Premiere. Director: Natalia Bermúdez Fierro
•        Good Morning (USA) Director: Elaine Mongeon
•        The Good Shepherd (Estonia) North American Premiere. Director: Evar Anvelt
•        Grand Bouquet (Japan) North American Premiere. Director: Nao Yoshigai
•        Green (USA) Director: Suzanne Andrews Correa
•        The Guy (USA) Director: Jon Fusco
•        Hank (USA) Director: Hongyu Li
•        Heads or Tails (Canada) California Premiere. Director: Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas
•        The Hedgehog's Dilemma (Switzerland) World Premiere. Director: Francesca Scalisi
•        Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre (Finland) California Premiere. Director: Ilja Rautsi
•        Hi, This Is Heather (USA) World Premiere. Director: Steven Stauffer
•        Homesick (France/Japan) North American Premiere. Director: Koya Kamura
•        Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. (USA) Director: Adamma Ebo
•        How I Got to the Moon by Subway (USA) Director: Tyler Rabinowitz
•        How to Be Alone (USA) Director: Kate Trefry
•        Hush (New Zealand) U.S. Premiere. Director: Armagan Ballantyne
•        I Am My Own Mother (USA) Director: Andrew Zox
•        I Came Here Alone (Canada) World Premiere. Director: Connor Gaston
•        If This Isn't Love (Canada) U.S. Premiere. Director: Luiza Cocora
•        I'm Dead (United Kingdom) International Premiere. Director: Dan Sully
•        Incel (USA) Director: John Merizalde
•        Intercontinental (Switzerland) North American Premiere. Director: Louis Hans-Moevi
•        In Your Place (Italy) California Premiere. Director: Giuseppe Carleo
•        The Iron Wall (USA) World Premiere. Director: Michael Formanski
•        It's Your Call (USA) World Premiere. Director: Jacquie Phillips
•        Jack (USA) Director: Nick Paonessa
•        Jaeborn By Numbers (Canada/France/Japan/UK) U.S. Premiere. Director: Roger Gariépy
•        Jim (USA) California Premiere. Director: Christopher Black
•        Josef Markus Julian (Austria) World Premiere. Director: Özgür Anil
•        Joy Boy (Australia) International Premiere. Director: Stef Smith
•        Just Me and You (Canada/Quebec) U.S. Premiere. Director: Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers
•        The Katy Universe (USA) Director: Patrick Muhlberger
•        King Wah (I Think I Love You) (USA) California Premiere. Director: Horatio Baltz
•        Kinship (Canada) International Premiere. Director: Jorge Camarotti
•        La Bruja (USA

The festival will also feature a series of forum panels - read more about them on the ShortFest website. 


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