Official selection filmmaker or market filmmaker, plenty of opportunities to play, work, learn.    Join us!


    Hear first hand what industry professionals want you to know.    Discover and grow.


    Because after a long day, keep going. Dance, drink, relax.    We'll be there with you!


    Promote your film and watch films from our library of 4200+ submissions.    How many can you see?


    Here a ShortFest filmmaker pitches her project to Director Michael Polish during Speed Pitching    Filmmakers


    Open daily for filmmakers and those who love them. Snacks, beverages, and daily happy hour.    It's on us!


    Official selections are screened at the Camelot Theatre. Our audience looks forward to the Q&A with you afterward.    Don't miss it!


    Join us Sunday, June 24 for the Filmmaker Awards Brunch. Award winners announced joined by guest speakers. Here, Matthew Modine addresses filmmakers at the 2017 brunch.    Filmmakers

Welcome Filmmakers!

Welcome Filmmakers and hello from sunny Palm Springs!

The team at ShortFest is overjoyed to be sharing our 24th anniversary with all of you! Our festival is designed with filmmakers in mind. This is your event and we hope you will make the best out of this opportunity. In the end, it is our wish that you'll remember ShortFest as one of the best festivals you've been to.  Yes, our primary goal is to help you promote your film, grow your networks and all that good stuff ... but who's to say you can't have some fun along the way!? With that in mind, we have put together some information that will help you plan your trip and navigate the festival. 

ShortFest Filmmakers
We have two types of filmmakers attending ShortFest and both are essential to the success of ShortFest: (1) Official Selection and (2) Market Filmmakers 

The Official Selection is the group of 330+ films selected for presentation from the thousands of submissions.

If you have not made Official Selection, ShortFest would still like you to attend as a Market Filmmaker. As a Market Filmmaker, you will have access to the Film Market, the Filmmaker Lounge, screenings and the entire Forum with your badge. You may also upgrade your badge for access to parties, opening & closing night.


Registration  |  Schedule at a glance | Hotel info  |  Airport info  |  Checklist


PLAY |  Parties  |  Lounge  |  Village Fest  |  other desert stuff
WORK |  Networking  |  Film Market  |  Industry
LEARN |  Forum 


Shuttles  |  Rental Cars  |  Uber  |  Lyft  |  Taxi


Attend  |  Schedule - patience!  |  Q&A's


Attend  |  Schedule  |  Brunch


Programming  |  Guest Relations  |  Materials  |  DCP



All filmmakers wishing to attend ShortFest must complete a registration form.  Links to the proper registration form are included in your notification letter from Withouabox or Film Freeway.

PASS PICK-UP: Passes must be picked up at Registration located inside the Rivera Hotel & Spa conference Center, Tuesday June 19-Sunday, June 24 | 9am-8pm

FILMMAKER PASS: A pass offered to all Official Selections Filmmakers, those films screening in the festival.  An all access pass that includes access to the Filmmaker & Industry Lounge, Film Market, Forum, nightly parties, film screenings, opening & closing night and awards brunch.

MARKET PASS: A pass offered to all filmmakers with films available in the Film Market, but not screening in the festival.  Includes access to Filmmaker & Industry Lounge, Film Market, Forum, screenings, and Awards Brunch. Excludes parties and opening & closing night screenings and receptions.

MARKET ALL ACCESS PASS: An optional all access upgrade to the market pass which includes all filmmaker parties and opening & closing night screenings and receptions.

All registration questions should be directed to GuestRelations@psfilmfest.org

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19 | Lounge & Film Market Opens | Opening Night Screening | Opening Night Reception
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 | First full day of film screenings | Film Market | Lounge & Happy Hour | Party
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 | First day of Forum | Screenings | Film Market | Village Fest | Lounge & Happy Hour | Party
FRIDAY, JUNE 22 | Forum | Screenings | Film Market | Lounge & Happy Hour | Party
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 | Forum | Screenings | Film Market | Lounge & Happy Hour | Party
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 | Awards Brunch | Screenings | Film Market | Lounge | Closing Night | Closing Night Reception
MONDAY, JUNE 25 | Best of Fest screenings | Lounge closes at 12 noon

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Our local hotels offer great discounted rates to filmamkers and festival guests.  A list of partner hotels, special rates, and discount codes may be found here.

Our host hotel is the Riviera Resort & Spa. Registration, Filmmaker & Industry Lounge, Film Market, Forum, and Awards Brunch are located in the conference center.

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  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP): Located centrally in PS, this is the ideal airport to fly into, although the airport is small and therefore flights are limited and can be more expensive.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): Located about 120 miles west of Palm Springs, a large airport with many flight options.
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT): Located about 70 miles west of Palm Springs, flight availability can be slightly less than LAX but flights can be cheaper.


  • LOS ANGELES (LAX) to PALM SPRINGS (PSP): The best way to travel from Los Angeles to Palm Springs is by car (about 2 hours without traffic). The bus and train are inconsistent during summer months and neither will bring you directly into downtown Palm Springs; you would still need to pay for a cab from the bus/train stop to your hotel.  
  • ONTARIO (ONT)to PALM SPRINGS (PSP): Ontario, California (Not be be confused with Ontario, Canada) airport is slightly closer to Palm Springs than LAX (about 1 hour drive without traffic) and sometimes flights into Ontario can be cheaper.  The best way to travel from Ontario to Palm Springs is also by car.
  • For travel from either LAX or Ontario Airport, consider a one-way car rental and drive to Palm Springs. Many hotels have their own shuttles service available; inquire when you make your hotel reservation if they will be able to meet you when you drop off your rental in Palm Springs.

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We've created a handy checklist for you.  An easy way to ensure you are ready for this amazing time we call ShortFest! DOWNLOAD CHECKLIST

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PARTIES | Every night's a party at ShortFest! We'll kick it off Tuesday, June 19, with our Opening Night Party and we'll keep it going until Closing Night June 24 (the 25th is Best of Fest screenings only).  Come out and enjoy the company of your fellow filmmakers and industry guests, sip on cocktails, and enjoy the warm summer nights.

Our festival shuttles leave nightly from the Camelot theatre and host hotel to party venues.  The last shuttle leaves the party at 11:00pm...if you stay later, you're on your own.  Talk to guest relations about other travel options and make sure you pack your dancing shoes.  *A Filmmaker badge, Market All-access Badge or a party ticket is required for entry at all parties. Market-Only badges will not be accepted.

LOUNGE | The Filmmaker & Industry Lounge is the casual hangout spot located at our host hotel, Riviera Resort & Spa. Here, you'll find snacks, refreshments, a daily happy hour from 5pm-7pm, and, most importantly, fellow filmmakers and industry guests to talk to. Don't be shy - say hello!

Filmmaker & Industry Lounge Hours:
June 19-June 23: 9am-7pm
June 24: 9am-6pm
June 25: 9am-noon
Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm (daily June 20-23) 
*A Filmmaker, Market, or Market All-Access Badge is required for entry

VILLAGE FEST | A weekly event in Palm Springs, Village Fest is the place to be Thursday evening.  Join our staff and volunteers at the ShortFest tent to help promote your screening !  Hundreds of locals and tourists attend this event each week, a great way to promote your film and build the audience.  Sign-up with GuestRelations@psfilmfest.org.

OTHER DESERT STUFF | Palm Springs - with its dreamy landscape - has a ton of things you can to do when you're not watching movies or hanging out at the lounge. See some ideas below.

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NETWORKING | With over 150 industry professionals and 400 filmmakers in attendance each year, the opprotunities to network are endless.  Enjoy face to face time with industry during the forum, relax with filmmakers and industry in the lounge, enjoy a cocktail together at our nightly parties, and promote your film in the film market.  Don't be shy!

FILM MARKET | The ShortFest Film Market is the ideal setting to promote your film, whether you are a part of the Official Selection or a Market Filmmaker. It offers industry, media and filmmakers the chance to view films while providing the rare opportunity to network in person. 

The Market is set up with screening stations that hold a digital library of 4,200+ titles. We use the screener you submitted via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway and you will not need to submit additional materials, though you are welcome to bring screening copies, press kits, buttons and postcards to hand out to industry and media for additional exposure.

Industry will have priority for the viewing stations.  Time limits for watching will be enforced at 1 hour each session.  If you wish to use a station you MUST check-in with our Film Market Staff at the designated counter. Located at our host hotel. 

Film Market Hours:
June 19-23 9am-6pm
June 24 9am-5pm

INDUSTRY | We welcome industry professionals from various working sectors including distribution, acquisition, production, casting, agents, and other festivals.  An industry contact list will be available to all film makers June 19. 

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The ShortFest Forum is the "classroom" educational component of the Festival where we hold panels, lectures, intimate conversations and provide filmmakers actual face time with working industry professionals. They focus on the art and industry of filmmaking and offer filmmakers a first-hand opportunity to listen, learn, and network with a group of industry professionals specializing in their fields.

You do not need to sign-up for most events... just show your Filmmaker, Market, or Market All-Access Pass for entry. Arrive early, seats are limited.

Some events may require pre-registration.  Emails regarding these events will be sent closer to the festival.

Please check back for a schedule and topics in May!

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Enterprise offers a 15% discount rate for festival attendees
Use code: XZB4018
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Free Festival Shuttles run each day during the festival between our host hotel, Riviera Resort & Spa (Filmmaker & Industry Lounge, film market, registration, forum) and Camelot Theatres (all film screenings) starting at approximately 9:30am until 9:30pm.

Shuttles will also help you get to our evening parties! Party shuttles will leave from the Camelot Theatres and host hotel starting 15 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled party.  The last shuttle back to partner hotels will leave at 11PM from the party venue.  If you aren't on the shuttle by 11pm, you are on your own.  Uber and taxi's are available...talk to guest relations about options.


Uber and Lyft vehicles operate in Palm Springs.  You must download the apps on your mobile device to use these services.


There are various taxi companies in the desert. We'd like to suggest Yellow Cab, 760.340.8294

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Filmmaker, Market, and Market All Access passes grant free entry to all screenings.  Simply arrive at the Camelot Theatre and enter the 'passholder' line.  Lines begin forming 1 hour before showtime and entry is not guaranteed. *When attending the screening of your film, check-in upstairs at the theatre with our programming team.

Complimentary tickets are not available for friends/family who will be attending your film screening.  Tickets for screenings are available for purchase via our website.


Please be patient regarding the screening schedule.  Our team is working diligently to properly program 330+ films.  We will inform you via email regarding your particular films schedule as soon as possible.

The complete film schedule will be posted online.


A Q&A will take place after each program screening.  We ask that one representative from each film join a member of our programming team on stage after to provide insight and answer audience questions.

Please be sure to check-in at the Camelot upstairs 15 minutes before your screening.  We find it helpful knowing you are here!

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The ShortFest Forum is the "classroom" educational component of the Festival where we hold panels, lectures, intimate conversations and provide filmmakers actual face time with working industry professionals. They focus on the art and industry of filmmaking and offer filmmakers a first-hand opportunity to listen, learn, and network with a group of industry professionals specializing in their fields.


For most forum event you do not need to sign-up ... just show your Filmmaker, Market, or Market All-Access pass for entry. Arrive early, seats are limited.

Some events may require pre-registration.  Emails regarding these events will be sent closer to the festival.


The forum program takes place over three days June 21-June 23.  Please check back for a schedule and topics in May!


Join us for award announcements and complimentary breakfast on Sunday, June 24 at 10:30AM @ Riviera Resort & Spa.  The best way to start of the last day of film screenings and hear from a special industry guest.

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Materials | Film Schedule | DCP | Anything film related

Our official DCP sponsor is Simple DCP and offers a 20% dsicount to our filmmakers

Registration | Travel | Hotel | Forum | Venues | anything else!

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