Now in its 22nd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 327 films including 46 World Premieres, 63 North American Premieres and 13 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 54 countries around the world. There are 56-curated programs, which will screen June 21-27, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. More than 4,100 of the festival submissions are available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view. The complete line-up will be posted on www.psfilmfest.org on June 12 with the online box office launch on June 14.
Festival Director Helen du Toit says, “After a 31% jump in submissions this year, our programing team, led by the sharp-minded and quick-witted Penelope Bartlett, is exhausted but exhilarated. Our audiences will see a broader international representation of stories than ever before. Much like with their feature films, Romania appears to be breeding especially bold and original filmmakers while France’s long entrenched policy of supporting the arts, continues to bear fruit as well. With the new crop of talented filmmakers emerging around the world, the future looks bright indeed.”
Programming Director Penelope Bartlett is excited to be embracing some of the evolving trends in world cinema, “We are showing more documentaries, more experimental films, and more of the hard to categorize, hybrid films which play with film form in exciting ways. We cast the net far and wide to ensure we had more films from less represented regions, like Africa and the Middle East, and films by indigenous filmmakers and filmmakers of color. In terms of female director representation, although there is still a ways to go to achieve parity, we are heartened to see that a third of our program is by female directors.”
This year’s star-studded shorts feature Academy Award® winners and nominees, as well as film and television stars including Richard Kind in Black Swell (USA); Boy (Canada) directed by Connor Jessup; Aitana Sánchez-Gijón in Disco Inferno (Spain); Robert Emms and Sarah Parish in Dunroamin (UK); Jack O’Connell in Home (Kosovo/USA); Beck Bennett and a cameo by Conan O’Brien in How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps (USA); The Lagoon (Mexico/USA) directed by PSIFF alumnus Aaron Schock; Oscar Isaac and the voice of Kristen Wiig in Lightningface (USA); Guy Pearce in Lorne (Australia); Steve Buscemi, Jane Krakowski and Zosia Mamet in Mildred and the Dying Parlor (USA); the US premiere of A Most Peculiar Man (USA) directed by Dan Ireland; The Mulberry Bush (USA) directed by Neil LaBute; Caroline Lagerfelt in Napoleon in Exile (USA); Randy Harrison in Photo Op (USA); Tyrese Gibson and Jennifer Hudson in Shame (USA); Kevin Rahm and Ray Wise in Taking Flight (USA); Aiden Guillen in Violet (Ireland) and James Franco, Jack Kehler and Abigail Spencer in A Walk in Winter (USA).
First place winners in four categories will automatically become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for a possible Academy Award® nomination. Over the course of 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award® nominations. Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 26 at a Closing Night screening and reception.
Also, submissions are still being accepted for the 60 Seconds to Impact film competition, a collaboration between the Palm Springs International ShortFest and the University of California, Riverside, designed to inspire young people to vote. To submit a video or find out more, visit www.60secondstoimpact.com. Throughout the campaign, the public is encouraged to view videos and vote for their favorites at www.60secondstoimpact.com.
About Palm Springs International ShortFest
Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA and BIFA as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world.
The Standard Magazine Film Picks
USA – Director: Michael Paulucci – 9 minutes
A teenager from the South Side of Chicago decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest.
These C*cksucking Tears
USA – Director: Dan Taberski – 15 minutes
The man behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release.
Mother Knows Best
Sweden – Director: Mikael Bundsen – 13 minutes
The family’s mother has absolutely no problems with her son having just introduced his boyfriend to her. She only wants to give him a little well-meaning advice.
Thanks for Dancing
Norway – Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken – 18 minutes
We follow two elderly men and former athletes in the last winter that they will spend living together. A sweet and deeply moving testament to lifelong love.
Brazil – Director: Leandro Goddinho – 30 minutes
On a quest to understand her grandmother’s past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who’s created homage to her memories inside an empty pool.
The Cricket and the Ant (La Cigale et la Fourmi)
Germany – Director: Julia Ritschel – 15 minutes
In the most forbidden of affairs, secrecy and intense passion encase these lovers in a tornado of emotion.
Alzheimer’s: A Love Story
USA – Directors: Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzzelli – 17 minutes
In one of the most visceral documentations of unconditional love, the film follows Michael as he visits the love of his life, Greg, in a care facility where he battles Alzheimer’s.
For complete schedule, information and tickets, call (760) 778-8979 or (800) 898-7526 or visit the website: www.psfilmfest.org.
Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Palm Springs Restaurant Week is back to celebrate ten years of showcasing the diverse dining and travel landscape found in the Coachella Valley region. With a selection of dining deals, exclusive hotel packages, and special rates at area attractions, spas, and more.
Savor every flavor Palm Springs has to offer with a week of delicious dining, culinary creations and indulgent menus handcrafted specifically for Restaurant Week, June 3-12, 2016. Restaurant Week lets you taste your way from Palm Springs to Palm Desert to Indio with more than 100 participating restaurants offering a three-course, fixed price menu for just $26, $38 and $48 per person.
Dig into lobster bisque, delight in a flawlessly seared steak and discover perfection with local restaurants serving their best on one convenient menu. The choice is yours, and with plenty of days to indulge, you can pick your favorites and find a few new ones, too. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week® is a 10-day event showcasing the Valley’s best restaurants, hotels and attractions. As part of Restaurant Week’s “Eat. Stay. Play.” promotion, participating hotels and attractions offer discounted rate packages during this period. No passes, tickets or coupons are required to dine at a restaurant. Instead, diners may simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the 10 days to enjoy the special prix fixe dinner menus. It is strongly recommended that diners make reservations in advance. Over 100 restaurants, hotels & attractions across the Greater Palm Springs area will participate. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are appreciated. There is no guarantee that walk-in guests will be accommodated. To make a reservation, diners may contact restaurants directly. The idea of Restaurant Week is to look at all of the menus and decide what looks best and figure out the restaurants that you would like to try. All of the restaurants will offer three-course dinners, which will include several menu options for each course. Remember, the $28, $38 and $48 per person DOES NOT INCLUDE beverages or tax and gratuity, (not to be combined with other offers). Some of the restaurants will also offer their regular menu as well. Diners are encouraged to try the special Restaurant Week menu but it is not required.
Visit www.opentable.com for participating restaurants.