2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival: January 2-13, 2020

Submissions for the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival will open on July 1st, 2019.

2019 Palm Springs International ShortFest: June 18-24, 2019

Submissions for ShortFest 2019 are closed.

Unfortunately, we don't have any flexibility in the deadline for ShortFest this year and we are not granting any deadline waivers.

ShortFest | Submitting Your Film

How do I submit my film?
We accept short films with a runtime of 40 minutes or less via FilmFreeway and Withoutabox. You must submit officially through one of these platforms to be considered. We do not accept links via email or via physical submission copies sent to our offices.

What are the deadlines and fees for ShortFest 2019?
Earlybird Deadline (Oct. 1, 2018 - Dec. 3, 2018):
- Standard: $40 USD
- Student: $30 USD
Regular Deadline (Dec. 4, 2018 - Jan. 7, 2019):
- Standard: $50 USD
- Student: $40 USD
Late Deadline (Jan. 8, 2019 - Feb. 25, 2019):
- Standard: $60 USD
- Student: $50 USD

What are the submission requirements?
- Completed entry on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.
- Digital screener - Vimeo link (preferred) or Secure Online Screener
- Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.
- Paid entry fee

Is my film eligible for ShortFest 2019?
- ShortFest 2019 eligibility requirements:
- Films must have been completed in 2018 or 2019.
- Films must be no more than 40 minutes in length, credits included.
- If selected, films must be available for projection in DCP.
- All non-English-language films must have English subtitles.

Do you accept works-in-progress?
ShortFest accepts work-in-progress cuts that are picture locked and includes an opening slate listing what still needs to be completed (color-correction, sound mix, special effects, etc.). Please note that we will only review one cut.

Do you accept films that are already available online?
Yes! ShortFest does not require a premiere status, so online films are eligible.

Do I need to submit a DCP?
You will only need a DCP if you are selected in the Official Program. You do not need to have a DCP for consideration.

Do I need to submit a press kit or any other materials?
You do not need to provide any publicity materials with your official submission. The programming department will reach out to you directly with materials requests if they are needed.

When will I know if I've been selected?
Final notifications are sent in May via FilmFreeway and Withoutabox. Please check your messages on the submission platform you used if you do not receive an email.

ShortFest | Attending the Festival

What is ShortFest?
The Palm Springs International ShortFest and Film Market, now in its 25th year, is one of the largest showcases of short films in North America. The seven-day competitive festival is Academy Award, BAFTA and Goya-qualifying and screens more than 300 short films from all over the world. ShortFest currently has 20 awards with prize money and services cumulatively valued at over $70,000.

Why should I attend ShortFest?
ShortFest is an excellent opportunity to network while having fun. This is a filmmaker's festival and every part of ShortFest is designed to engage our guests, from the screenings to the parties.

Does the festival cover travel and accommodations?
Unfortunately, we do not have the budget to offer travel or accommodations.

How many times do Official Selection films play?
Most Official Selection films will play once, but there are a few exceptions.

How are films programmed?
The Official Selection films are grouped into 90-minute programs by theme.

ShortFest | Film Market

What is the ShortFest Film Market?
The ShortFest Film Market runs concurrently with ShortFest and consists of 4,000+ titles available for viewing on secure screening stations open to accredited sales agents, distributors and other industry representatives. Every film that submits to ShortFest is automatically included in the ShortFest Film Market, unless the filmmaker opts out.

Is the Film Market the same as Official Selection?
No, the Film Market includes every film that was submitted to ShortFest, unless the filmmaker opted out.

Are there laurels for films in the Film Market?

How do I participate in the Film Market?
Every film that submits to ShortFest is automatically included in the ShortFest Film Market, unless the filmmaker opts out.

How do I opt out of the Film Market?
If you would like to opt out of the Film Market, please email:

Do I need to send a DVD or other materials for the Film Market?
It's not required, but you are more than welcome to bring DVD's, press kits, buttons, postcards, and other publicity materials (get creative!) with you to promote your film while you are here at ShortFest.

Does the Film Market affect my premiere status?
No. The Film Market isn't considered a public screening so it won't affect a film's premiere status.

Can I buy tickets to the Film Market?
No. The Film Market is open only to accredited ShortFest industry and filmmakers.

ShortFest | Awards

Is my film in competition for an award?
The entire Official Selection is eligible for competition, and the programming team will internally narrow this list down in early June. We do not announce shortlists, but instead wait for the awards ceremony to announce the winners.

What awards do you offer?
Best of the Festival Award*
Best International Short
Best North American Short
Best U.S. Short
Best Animated Short*
Best Documentary Short*
Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes*
Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under*
Bridging the Borders Award
Best Student Animated Short
Best Student Documentary Short
Best Student Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
Best Student Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under
Local Jury Award Vimeo Award Future Filmmaker Award
Best Emerging Student Filmmaker Award
Kids' Choice Award (jury aged 13 and under)
Young Cineastes Award (jury aged 14-17)
Audience Award for Best Animated Short
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
Audience Award for Best Live-Action Short
Audience Award for Best Student Short

*Academy-award qualifying

Which awards qualify for the Oscars©?
Winners of the Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under, and Best of the Festival Awards are eligible for Oscar© consideration.

Is my student film eligible for any of the Oscar© qualifying awards?
Yes! Official Selection student films are eligible for all five of our Oscar© qualifying awards.