Awards and Jury

AWARDS

Audience Award winners will be announced at Closing Night, all others will be announced at the Filmmaker Awards Brunch.

Best of the Festival Award Greater Palm Springs CVB
$5,000 courtesy of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to a student or non-student film which, do we dare say it again, is the best of the festival.... The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration. 

Best International Short
$2,000; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to the best student or non-student film produced outside of North America. 

Best North American Short
$1,000; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to the best student or non-student film produced in North America.

Best Animated Short
$2000; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to a non-student film.... The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration. 

Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
$2000; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to a non-student film.... The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under
$2000; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to a non-student film.... The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Best Documentary Short
$2000; Awarded by the ShortFest Jury to a non-student film.... The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.  

Best Student Animation
$500; Awarded by ShortFest Jury

Best Student Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
$500; Awarded by ShortFest Jury

Best Student Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under
$500; Awarded by ShortFest Jury

Best Student Documentary
$500; Awarded by ShortFest Jury

Future Filmmaker Award
$1,000; Awarded by the ShortFest programming team and honors a non-student filmmaker whose work demonstrates that they're poised to take a significant next step in their career.

Best Emerging Student Filmmaker
$1000; Awarded by the ShortFest programming team and honors a student filmmaker whose work and vision point to a bright, prospective career in cinema

Local Jury Award
$250; Awarded by a local jury to a film that, in the spirit of "neighborliness," promotes understanding and acceptance between people. 

Bridging the Borders AwardGo Energistics
$2,500 courtesy of Go Energistics; Awarded by Cinema Without Borders to a film that is most successful in bridging and connecting the people of our world closer together. 

Youth Jury Awards
Awarded by ShortFest youth juries composed of local students interested in cinema and the arts. The Kids' Choice jury is composed of students aged 8-13 and the Young Cineastes jury is composed of students aged 14-17.
Kids' Choice; $250
Young Cineastes; $250

AUDIENCE AWARDS 

Best Animated Short
$250; Awarded to a student or non-student film which scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience.

Best Documentary Short
$250; Awarded to a student or non-student film which scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience.

Best Live-Action Short
$250; Awarded to a student or non-student film which scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience.

Best Student Short
$250; Awarded to a student or non-student film which scored the highest on ballots submitted by the audience.

 

JURY

Jury members will be announced soon...please check back.

2019 ShortFest