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The City of Palm Springs

is proud to be the

Title Sponsor of the 2020

Palm Springs International ShortFest

er h t o n a r o f s r o s on a! p s m e d n n i a c e rs g e d k e a m g n i m tt fil u r c u o g n o i t t n e ou y s e k r n p a f h T ro a e y l u f s succes

Until Next Year!


Rhea Lewis-Woodson Managing Director Liliana Rodriguez Artistic Director FESTIVAL OPERATIONS Lauren Turletsky Operations Manager Christina Sasse Film Awards Director of Operations Felicia Alford Accountant Rita Huber-Germsheid Accounting Assistant Jazzmine Kivett, Accounting Assistant Deshun Leary Box Office Support

CHAIRMAN Harold Matzner VICE CHAIRS David Baron Helene Galen Kevin McGuire

Jack Grundhofer JoAnn McGrath

MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT Kristin Bloomer Sponsor & Development Manager Zack Solomon Membership & Education Manager Tony Ramos Marketing & Communications Coordinator Nadine Koehler Development Associate Caroline Polly Social Media Coordinator Molly Standley Film Society Coordinator

TREASURER David Baron ASSISTANT TREASURER Marshall Gelfand SECRETARY Sidney Craig ASSISTANT SECRETARIES Patrick Mundt

John Pinkney

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Stephen Breimer James Bob Deville Robert Dickey Michele Finney Jaci Fitzsimonds Fritz Frauchiger Eric Garner Marshall Gelfand Patti Grundhofer Gary D. Hall Wendy Heckmann Carol Kaplan Terri Ketover Garry Kief Geoff Kors Michelle Krans

Mary Ann LaBahn Donna MacMillan Peter Mahler Katherine Malkin Tristan Milanovich Lee Morcus Marie E. Pinizzotto M.D., MBA David Ready, ESQ,.PH.D Janet Salta Aubrey Serfling Linda Shirvanian Dominique Shwe Ellen Sneider Elizabeth Gelfand-Stearns Scott White

EMERITUS Mark C. Adams Tim Hanlon James R. Houston in memoriam Cydney Osterman Madeline Redstone Lois Schlecht in memoriam

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PROGRAMMING Linton Melita Sudeep Sharma Jessica Eskelin Jesse Knight Dominique Oneil Stephanie Owens Céline Roustan Robert John Torres Phillip Segal Renae Faris

Co-Director of Programming Co-Director of Programming Programming Coordinator Programmer Programmer Programmer Programmer Programmer Program Coordinator Program Intern

GUEST RELATIONS Scarlett Wilmsen Alyssa Davis

Guest Relations Manager Guest Relations Assistant

PUBLICITY Steve Wilson Ashley Patterson

Scenario PR Scenario PR

CREATIVE Martin Foster

Designer

FORUM Clay Pruitt Harrison Harvey Jody Cole

Forum Producer Forum Coordinator Forum Support


C O N T E N T S

2 Board and Staff 4 About ShortFest 2020 6 Thank You Patrons 7 Sponsors 9 Forum 11 ShortShots 13 Official Selections 44 Audience Favorites 46 Juries 53 Messages

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6,064 Total Film Submissions 332 Official Short Selections 69 Countries Represented 51% of Films Directed by Women 19 Awards Given 22 Forum Sessions 118 Industry Guests 23,163 Website Total Visits 47,428 Website Page Views


Hello ShortFest Community, Earlier this year (and like so many other organizations), we were tasked with reimagining the festival experience. What could and should ShortFest look like in the middle of a global pandemic? How could we help our community stay connected during these trying times? There was no question that the safety of filmmakers, patrons, and our staff was at the center of our concerns. Our priority was finding a way to share safely and virtually the amazing stories and voices that moved us during the film selection process, a process that was well underway since October 2019. Pivoting online was a necessary adjustment if we wanted to continue our mission of bringing cinema to an audience, and an audience to filmmakers. Fortunately, we were in a position to provide a festival experience that was accessible and easily navigable. We invited 330+ amazing short films to participate in our Official Selection, 100+ of which were available to screen directly from your homes, free of charge. We put more films in competition for awards than we had in the past, and invited more jurors than we had ever hosted previously. Additionally, our ShortFest Forum was available to filmmakers and the public, a first after many years. It was a true community experience. In this guide, you’ll get a sense of what ShortFest 2020 looked like, the films we selected, the sessions we hosted, and the people who made it all happen. Poolside chats under the desert sun were put on hold this year, but we remain grateful that we got to share the festival online with you all. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to future editions. Warmly, Lili Rodriguez Artistic Director

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The Forum, which took place June 16-22, 2020 consisted of virtual panels and roundtables featuring industry representatives, filmmakers, and additional guests. Shortfest is dedicated to providing a space to facilitate connections between creators, industry, and our audience. ShortFest Forum 2020 covered a range of topics including, writing, working with actors, festival strategy, and more.

I N D U S T R Y

P A R T I C I P A N T S

Aaron Moorhead Rustic Films Abbey Hendrix Walker Adrian Salpeter Random Bench Aimee Lynn Barneburg High Pony Pictures Alaa Alasad Tabi360 Alex Hughes Smuggler Amanda Salazar SFFILM Amy Seimetz Corey Ave Ana Souza Sundance Institute Andrew Ahn Writer/Director Andrew Carlberg Western Skies Productions, LLC Andrew Houchens Filmmaker & Festival Consultant Angela Lee Film Independent Anne Thompson Indiewire Asher Landay Keshet Studios Bob Sobhani Authentic Talent and Literary Management Bojana Sandic New Filmmakers Los Angeles Brandi Nicole Payne Sweet Revolution Productions Brandt Wrightsman Independent Breven Warren Angaelica Carlos Aguilar LA Times Catherine Wharton ViacomCBS Chief Wakil Composer Christina Raia Seed&Spark Christopher Racster Christopher Racster Film and Non-Profit Consulting Christopher Rodriguez Revry Clare Tucker SuperFilms! Clint Bowie New Orleans Film Festival Colman Domingo Actor P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Constanza Castro Craig Johnson Alex Strangelove Cullen Conly Dana Merwin Darrien Gipson Dave Binegar Deanna Brigaldi Derry O’Brien Diana Ward Dilcia Barrera Domenica Castro Dyana Winkler Ean Weslyn Emily Kelleher-Best Enrico Vannucci Erica Chon Erika Canchola Florian Fernandez Frank Garcia Georgina González Rodríguez Giulia Caruso Guido Gotz Ina Pira Isabel Ivars Jacqueline Coley James Cartwright James Sweeney Jared Milrad

271 Films The Skeleton Twins; Mosaic International Documentary Association SAGindie Showtime 5th House Casting Network Ireland Television Darley Street Disco Sundance Film Festival 271 Films Sweet Ninja Films Television Writer Seed&Spark Venice Film Festival GKIDS! Ramo Law PC Cannes Short Film Corner DreamWorks TV Cinepolis Producer Slate PR Vimeo Films Boutique Rotten Tomatoes Bad Sneakers Filmmaker A Show For A Change


Working with Actors

Roundtable: Labs, Grants & Artist Development

Roundtable: Shorts Distribution

The Co-Pro

Working in Episodic

Meet the Programmers

How to Rock the Doc

Distribution 101

How to Pitch Like a Pro

Roundtable: Agents & Managers

The Path from Short to Feature

Creating Impact with Your Film

Make a Splash: Working with Press & PR

Call My Lawyer: Understanding Entertainment Law Pump Up the Jams!

Anatomy of a First Feature

Creating While Quarantined

Producer’s Paradise Official Selection: Smart Festival Strategy Cel-ing Out: How to Work in Animation Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Bringing Art to the Brands

“Despite a global pandemic keeping us all at home, Palm Springs ShortFest was able to produce a 22-event Forum over the course of a week, connecting 350+ filmmaking teams with 116 film industry leaders at times of the day when we could maximize access around the world. Not only was the Forum much more robust this year, but we were able to include people from all around the world who might never have had the resources to attend the in-person festival. I am incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish this year, and the countless emails of appreciation from filmmakers and industry alike tells me it was all worth the incredible effort.” Clay Pruitt, ShortFest 2020 Forum Producer Jason Sondhi Short of the Week Jason Todd H264 Distribution Jeremy Podeswa Rebelfilms Inc Joan Wai Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Jon Tolins Nemorino Productions Jonathan Epstein Strategy PR Consulting Jude Dry Indiewire Kim Sherman Independent Producer Kyle Alvarez Director Lauren Dineley Writ Large Lauren McBride Novel Pictures Lauren Williams Echo Lake Management Laurent Crouzeix Short Film Market Clermont-Ferrand Lena Vurma Filmwelt Verleihagentur Leslie Wasserman Richard Hicks Casting Linda Olszewski ShortsTV - TV Cortos, Oscar Shorts Linda Pianigiani Ghetto Film School Liz Manashil Picture Motion Malina Saval Variety Martina Fiorellino Premium Films Megan Costello HamptonsFilm Melora Waters Actor Meredith Alloway ATW Productions Mette Norkjaer BOOM! Studios Mikey Schwartz Wright UTA Monique Henry-Hudson Simply Robotix Nathan Barr Trylee True Music, Inc. Nick Borenstein Topic.com Nick Ogiony Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Paige Murray Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Paige Simpson Pat Saperstein Patrick Gomez Paul Sloop Penny Bartlett Pin-Chun Liu Rahdi Taylor Ramin Zahed Rebecca Green Rona Edwards osa Morales Ruby Kaye Ryland Aldrich Sabrina Spence Sandrine Cassidy Sarah Steele Shelagh Rowan-Legg Shelby Knox Sheri Bradford Sheryl Santacruz Siqi Song Stephanie Owens Steve Green Steven Wilson Sydney Neter Taneka Stotts Trenton Waterson Verona Meier Whitney Loveall Zandashé Brown

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Scrap Paper Pictures Variety The A.V. Club Cleveland International Film Festival Criterion Channel 120E Films Concordia Studio Animation Magazine Dear Producer Rona Edwards Productions SFFILM CAA Screen Anarchy OUAT Media USC School of Cinematic Arts Actor Screen Anarchy The Dilemma of Desire Comedy Central Outfest Siqi Song PSISF/Sundance Indiewire Scenario PR SND Films Hasbro The Collaborate Ape&Bjørn Titmouse New Orleans Film Society


Filmmakers introduced their films in short videos on social media, online and YouTube. A spotlight into the motivation, process and realization of their short film. Revealing POV, understanding and making a personal connection with viewers. 4Watch the Shortshots

Lanterns Director Juan Pablo Hernรกndez Valdez

Funfair Actor/Producer Soroush Saeidi

Birth Right Writer/Director Inbar Horesh

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Pangu Director Shaofu Zhang

Goldplated Director/Screenwriter Chloé Léonil

Pharmacopei Director/Screenwriter Tania Taiwo

Hoss Director Ryan McGlade 12


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S H O R T F E S T

O F F I C I A L

S E L E C T I O N S

3 Generations 3 Days Hong Kong, Chu Hoi-ying

Family Relations

4More Information

22:47 Linie 34

4622 Stillwater Circle

Drama, Social Issues

Relationships

Switzerland, Michael Karrer

USA, Kati Rehbeck

4More Information

4More Information

99¢ Dreams

Adeline, The Great

The Adventures of Whit

Coming of Age, Social Issues

Comedy, Politics, Race/Ethnicity

Comedy, Crime

USA, Tasnim Boufelfel

USA, Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

USA, Andrew Barchilon

4More Information

Afloat

Air Conditioner in Panmunjom

Aline

Health, Family Relations, Romance

Comedy, Politics

Drama, LGBTQ, Romance

France, Ève-Chems de Brouwer

South Korea, Lee Tae-hun

France/Switzerland, Simon Guélat

All Inclusive

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land Alma in the Herd

Comedy, Fantasy

Class/Economics, Documentary, Social Issues

Finland, Teemu Nikki 4More Information

Pakistan, Hira Nabi

4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Switzerland, Agnese Làposi

Coming of Age, Drama, Nature 4More Information


Among the Almond Trees Belgium/France, Marie Le floc’h

Drama, Borders/Migration 4More Information

All Cats Are Grey in the Dark

Any Instant Whatever

Animals, Documentary

Animation, Art/Design, Experimental

Switzerland, Lasse Linder

UK, Michelle Brand 4More Information

4More Information

Applesauce

Arabian Alien

Are You Hungry?

Animation, Comedy

Drama, LGBTQ, Science Fiction

Comedy, LGBTQ

Austria, Alexander Gratzer 4More Information

USA, Meshal Aljaser 4More Information

Finland, Teemu Niukkanen 4More Information

The Audition

Beautiful You

Beauty Boys

Drama, Music, Relationships

Drama, LGBTQ, Family Relations

Drama, LGBTQ, Performance

Austria, Guy Lichtenstein 4More Information

Germany, Bernadette Kolonko 4More Information

France, Florent Gouelou 4More Information

Beer! Beer!

The Best Is Yet to Come

Béton amer

Comedy, LGBTQ, Romance

Black/African Diaspora, Coming of Age

Margot Lançon | Documentary, Politics, Sports 4More Information

Germany, Popo Fan 4More Information

UK, Abena Taylor-Smith 4More Information

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Switzerland/Greece, Chloé Simonin,


Between a Rock and a Hard Place Beyond Noh

Bird of Paradise

Disability, Drama, Family Relations

Crime, Thriller, Politics

Denmark, Mads Koudal

USA/Japan, Patrick Smith

4More Information

4More Information

Animation, Documentary, Experimental

France, Mareike Engelhardt 4More Information

Birth Right

Israel, Inbar Horesh

Drama, Politics, Youth 4More Information

Birthday Girl

Biters

Bittu

Drama, Family Relations, Romance-

Environment, Horror

Drama, Social Issues, Youth

UK, Portia A. Buckley 4More Information

USA, Matt Sherwood 4More Information

India/USA, Karishma Dev Dube 4More Information

Black Goat

Blackheads

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Coming of Age, Religion/Spirituality

Animation, Comedy, Health

Black/African Diaspora, Comedy

Nepal/USA, Tang Yi 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

USA, Emily Ann Hoffman 4More Information

USA, Sev DeMy

4More Information


Blieschow

Germany, Christoph Sarow | Animation,

Coming of Age, Family Relations 4More Information

Broken Bird

USA, Rachel Harrison Gordon

Blocks

USA, Bridget Moloney Coming of Age, Black/African Diaspora, Comedy, Fantasy 4More Information Religion/Spirituality 4More Information

Busy Tuesday

Bye Bye, Body

Calladita

Technology, Social Issues

Coming of Age, Drama, Women

ics, Erotic/Sex, Work/Labor

Canada, Roger Gariépy 4More Information

USA, Charlotte Benbeniste 4More Information

Spain/UK, Miguel Faus | Class/Econom4More Information

Call Center Blues

Cayenne

Character

Migration, Documentary, Social Issues

Crime, Thriller

Biography, Documentary, Film-related-

USA/Mexico, Geeta GandbhirBorders/ 4More Information

Canada, Simon Gionet 4More Information

USA, Vera Brunner-Sung 4More Information

Charlie’s Lot

Chemo Brain

Chen Chen

Biography, Documentary

Episodic, Health, Relationships

Disability, Family Relations, Youth

USA, Thomas Carroll 4More Information

Denmark, Kristian Håskjold 4More Information

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Hong Kong/China, Kargo Chen 4More Information


Christy

Citric Acid

Class/Economics, Coming of Age

Elenie Chung | Art/Design, Drama

USA, Lael Rogers Comedy, Horror, Music, Science-Fiction

Cloudy Days

Coffee Shop Names

Colors - Black Pumas

Drama, Erotic/Sex, Family Relations

Comedy, Race/Ethnicity

Family Relations, Music, Race/Ethnicity

Ireland, Brendan Canty 4More Information

USA/Trinidad and Tobago/China, 4More Information

The Claw

4More Information

Colette

USA/France/Germany, Anthony Giacchino

Documentary, History, War 4More Information

Taiwan, Chuang Yung-hsiang 4More Information

USA, Deepak Sethi 4More Information

USA, Kristian Mercado 4More Information

Community Gardens

Cooties

Cosmic

Family Relations

Comedy, Coming of Age

Aging/Seniors, Romance

Lithuania, Vytautas Katkus​ 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

USA, Kat Gueli

4More Information

Canada, Meredith Hama-Brown 4More Information


The Couple Next Door USA, Abbesi Akhamie

Black/African Diaspora, Relationships 4More Information

Container

Crucifixion

Borders/Migration, Documentary, War

Mystery, Psychological

Greece/USA, Daphne Maziariaki

Lithuania, Danielius MinkeviÄ?ius

4More Information

4More Information

Cruz

Darling

Da Yie

Class/Economics, Social Issues

Coming of Age, LGBTQ, Music

Crime, Drama, Youth

Mexico, Andrea Rosales 4More Information

USA/Pakistan, Saim Sadiq 4More Information

Day Release

Austria/Germany, Martin Winter

Class/Economics, Social Issues 4More Information

Day Trip

Daughter

Drama, Social Issues, Youth

Animation, Family Relations

Sweden, Theodor Solin 4More Information

Czech Republic, Daria Kashcheeva 4More Information

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Belgium/Ghana, Anthony Nti 4More Information


Dear Joel

Greece/France, Thanasis Trouboukis

Borders/Migration, Documentary, Family Relations 4More Information

Dead Woman’s Pass

Deseo

Documentary, Social Issues, Women

Drama, Psychological

Peru/Qatar, Lali Houghton

USA/Spain, Chloe Wallace

4More Information

4More Information

Deserter

The Devil’s Harmony

Ding-Dong

Family Relations, Politics, War

Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

Comedy, Science Fiction, Thriller

Dirty

The Distance Between Us and the Sky

Czech Republic/Ukraine, Sasha Stelchenko UK, Dylan Holmes Williams 4More Information

USA, Matthew Puccini

LGBTQ, Romance, Youth

4More Information

USA, Suki-Rose

4More Information

Don Broco - Action

USA, Benjamin Roberds | Action/Adventure,

4More Information

Greece/France, Vasilis Kekatos | LGBTQ, Romance 4More Information

Animation, Comedy, Music

The Dream

Eau Vive

The Edge

Comedy, Film-related

Coming of Age, Documentary, Youth

Camissar | Animation, Fantasy

USA, Ron Najor

4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Switzerland, Lucia Martinez Garcia 4More Information

4More Information

Switzerland, Zaide Kutay, Géraldine 4More Information


Dummy

Lithuania, Laurynas Bareisa

Crime, Drama

4More Information

Educated

Egg Cup Requiem

El remanso

Coming of Age, Drama, LGBTQ

Art/Design, Biography, Documentary

Drama, Family Relations, Mystery

Eli

Emergency Action Plan

The End of the Season

Animation, Disability, Health, Music

Dark Comedy, Social Issues

Aging/Seniors, Documentary

UK, Tom Nicoll

4More Information

USA, Nate Milton

4More Information

New Zealand, Prisca Bouchet, Nick Mayow Colombia, Sebastián Valencia Muñoz 4More Information

USA, Dylan Redford 4More Information

4More Information

Poland, Stanisław Cuske 4More Information

Every Thorn Has Its Day

Exam

Ex Disposer

Comedy, Romance

Drama, Thriller

Drama, Health, Music

Brazil, Tadeu Bijos

4More Information

Iran, Sonia K. Hadad 4More Information

USA, Daniel Ferrer

4More Information

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The Fabric of You

UK, Josephine Lohoar Self

Animation, LGBTQ 4More Information

Extinct Animals

Fabiu

A Fallen Fruit

Drama, Coming of Age

Aging/Seniors, Drama, LGBTQ

Drama, Family Relations, Youth

Chile, Lucas Quintana 4More Information

Austria, Stefan Langthaler 4More Information

Cambodia, Amit Dubey 4More Information

Fantasmia

The Feeling

Figurant

Animation, Art/Design, Fantasy

Black Comedy, Family Relations

Drama, Film-related, Psychological

Germany, Luise Fiedler 4More Information

USA, Bridey Elliott

4More Information

France/Czech Republic, Jan Vejnar 4More Information

Flesh

Flick

Flower Shadow Serenade

Animation, Documentary, Social Issues

Comedy, Horror, Psychological

Family Relations, Fantasy, Religion/ Spirituality

Brazil, Camila Kater 4More Information

USA, Ariel Zengotita 4More Information

Singapore/Australia, Lin Yuan Goh

4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G


Foreign Powers

USA, Bingham Bryant

Drama, Urban

4More Information

Former Cult Member Hears Music for the First Time

Norway/USA, Kristoffer Borgli | Comedy, Music4More Information

For Your Sake

Germany, Ronja Hemm

Documentary, Family Relations, Youth 4More Information

Fourteen Fractures UK, Richard Melkonian

Drama, Family Relations, Psychological 4More Information

Friends Like That

Funfair

LGBTQ, Romance

Class/Economics, Drama

USA, Francesca de Fusco 4More Information

Iran/Canada, Kaveh Mazaheri 4More Information

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Fort Irwin

USA, Quinn Else

Disability, Social Issues, War 4More Information


From the Top

Girl and Body

Girl Callin’

Drama, LGBTQ, Music

Dance, Disability, Psychological

Comedy, Crime

USA, Neal Mulani

4More Information

Australia, Charlotte Mars 4More Information

Give Up the Ghost

Jordan/Germany/Sweden, Zain Duraie

Drama, Family Relations, Social Issues 4More Information

Girl of the Wind

France, Camille Walter

Drama, Nature, Youth 4More Information

Goldfish

Gold Plated

Animation, Fantasy

Class/Economics, Coming of Age

USA, Daniel Zvereff 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Belgium, Chloé Léonil 4More Information

USA, Tiffany Johnson 4More Information


Goodbye Golovin

Good Thanks, You?

GRAB MY HAND: A Letter to My Dad

Coming of Age, Drama

Drama, Social Issues 4More Information

Animation, Documentary, Family Relations 4More Information

The Great Malaise

Growth

Grub

Animation, Women

Comedy, Horror, Psychological

Comedy, Horror

Canada/Ukraine, Mathieu Grimard 4More Information

Canada, Catherine Lepage 4More Information

UK, Molly Manning Walker

USA, Allison Miller

4More Information

USA, Camrus Johnson, Pedro Piccinini

France, Pierre Mazingarbe 4More Information

Gujiga

Gun Killers

Hannahs

Documentary, Environment, Experimental 4More Information

Documentary, Social Issues

Drama, Psychological

Germany/South Korea/Brazil, Sunjha Kim

Canada, Jason Young 4More Information

USA, India Donaldson 4More Information

Happy Birthday, Great Grandma Thailand, Paphawee JInnasith

Family Relations, Youth 4More Information

Henet Ward

Haute Cuisine

Drama, Race/Ethnicity, Social Issues

Food, Horror, Psychological

Egypt, Morad Mostafa

France, Merryl Roche

4More Information

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Heading South

China/USA, Yuan Yuan

Coming of Age, Family Relations 4More Information

Heatwave

Hell and Such

Hibiscus Season

Animation, Comedy

Comedy, Family Relations

Animation, Coming of Age, War

UK/Greece, Fokion Xenos 4More Information

The Heart Still Hums

USA, Savanah Leaf, Taylor Russell

Black/African Diaspora, Documentary, Social Issues 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Spain, Enrique Buleo 4More Information

Canada, Éléonore Goldberg 4More Information


A HOLE

Home

Homegoing

Animation, Comedy, Science Fiction 4More Information

Black/African Diaspora, Drama, Family Relations 4More Information

Black/African Diaspora, LGBTQ, Social Issues 4More Information

Home Sweet Home

Hoss

How to Say I Love You at Night

Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction

Comedy, Drama, Religion/Spirituality

Drama, LGBTQ, Psychological

USA, Molly Murphy

Poland, Agata Puszcz 4More Information

USA, Adewale Olukayode

USA, Ryan McGlade 4More Information

USA, Carlton Daniel, Jr.

USA, Andree Ljutica 4More Information

Hungry Joe

UK, Paul Holbrook, Sam Dawe

Horror, Family Relations, Psychological 4More Information

Huntsville Station

Hydebank

Documentary, Social Issues

Animals, Crime, Documentary

USA, Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone

UK, Ross McClean 4More Information

4More Information

I Am in the World as Free and Slender as a Deer on a Plain

Icebound

If Anything Happens I Love You

Action/Adventure, Animation, History

Animation, Drama, Social Issues

Erotic/Sex, Romance, Youth

4More Information

Canada, Sofia Banzhaf 4More Information

USA, Drew Christie

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USA, Will McCormack, Michael Govier 4More Information


I Know Her

I’ll End Up in Jail

I Lost My Mother’s Ashes

Comedy, LGBTQ, Romance

Crime, Thriller

Comedy, Family Relations

USA, Fawzia Mirza 4More Information

Canada, Alexandre Dostie 4More Information

USA, Caitlin Gerard 4More Information

I Love Your Guts

Important Police Shit

Infinite While It Lasts

Comedy, LGBTQ, Thriller

Psychological, Social Issues, Women

Romance, LGBTQ

USA, David Janove 4More Information

USA, Andrew T. Betzer 4More Information

Brazil, Akira Kamiki 4More Information

The Inner Code

Inside me

Instructions to Let Go

Fantasy, Relationships 4More Information

Animation, Documentary, Women, Social Issues 4More Information

LGBTQ, Romance

In the Dark Park

Into the Flame

It’s Nothing

Comedy, Fantasy, Horror,

Animation, Fantasy, Psychological

Drama, Health, Psychological

Spain, Pau Subirós

Argentina, Nicolás Schujman 4More Information

Germany, Maria Trigo Teixeira

USA, Sean McClintock 4More Information

Mexico, Gustavo Gamero 4More Information

Canada/UK, Anna Maguire 4More Information

JACKED

Jamie

Jane

Comedy, Drama, Social Issues

Drama, Health, Youth

Drama, Family Relations, Social Issues

USA, Ethan Nelson 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

UK, Esmé Creed-Miles 4More Information

USA, Kathryn Prescott 4More Information


Jay

Jesa

Josiah

Coming of Age, Family Relations, LGBTQ

Animation, Documentary, Religion/Spirituality

Drama, Film-related, Race/Ethnicity

Taiwan/USA, Szu-Wei Chen

4More Information

USA/South Korea, Kyungwon Song

4More Information

USA, Kyle Laursen

4More Information

Kama’aina

USA, Kimi Howl Lee

Coming of Age, LGBTQ, Social Issues 4More Information

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Kachalka

Keep It Quiet

Drama, Psychological, Youth

Documentary, Sports

Family Relations, Health, Social Issues

Belgium, Michèle Jacob 4More Information

Ireland/Ukraine, Gar O’Rourke 4More Information

USA, Yaya

4More Information

Kangaroo Court

Kapaemahu

Kelly

Comedy, Performance

Hamer, Joe Wilson Animation, LGBTQ, Religion/Spirituality

Comedy

USA, Jason Begue

4More Information

USA, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean

4More Information

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UK/Netherlands, Joseph Roberts 4More Information


Kindling

USA, Xinyi Zhu

Health, Social Issues, Women 4More Information

Korea, My Love

La Gloria

Borders/Migration, Family Relations

Coming of Age, Family Relations, LGBTQ

France, Yoonyoung Choi 4More Information

USA, Mary Evangelista

4More Information

Lanterns

The Last Day of Autumn

The Last Ferry from Grass Island

Culture, Documentary, Social Issues 4More Information

Perreten |Animation, Family Friendly, Nature4More Information

Comedy, Crime, Drama

La Traque

Lázaro

Lazy Susan

Animation, Action/Adventure, Fantasy

Documentary, Health, Social Issues

Comedy

Mexico, Juan Pablo Hernández Valdez

Switzerland, Natacha Baud-Grasset 4More Information

Switzerland/Belgium/France, Marjolaine

Mexico, Mario González Jiménez 4More Information

USA/Hong Kong, Linhan Zhang 4More Information

USA, Terri Timely 4More Information

Learn to Swim

Lena

The Letter Room

Drama, Family Relations, Nature

Family Relations, Social Issues, Youth

Comedy, Drama, Work/Labor

Germany, Gaya von Schwarze 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

USA, Gosha Shapiro 4More Information

USA, Elvira Lind

4More Information


Liliana

Line Dry

Lions in the Corner

Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Drama

Documentary, Social Issues, Sports

Slovenia, Milanka Fabjančič 4More Information

USA, Anna Baumgarten 4More Information

USA, Paul Hairston 4More Information

Little Chief

Little Con Lili

Little Miss Fate

Drama, Race/Ethnicity, Social Issues

Comedy, Family Relations

Animation, Fantasy

USA, Erica Tremblay 4More Information

USA, Gabriela Garcia Medina 4More Information

Switzerland, Joder von Rotz 4More Information

LOCA

The Lost Astronaut

Comedy, Romance

Biography, Documentary, Race/Ethnicity Animation, Crime, Fantasy

Spain, Maria Salgado Gispert

The Lost Wedding Ring

USA, Ben Proudfoot

Germany, Elisabeth Jakobi

4More Information

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The Manchador

Marcy Learns Something New

4More Information

4More Information

Mary Celeste

Más Bowls

Meudon

Drama, Mystery

Coming of Age, Health, Relationships

Animation, Art/Design, History, Women

4More Information

Majority

UK, Tessa Hoffe

Aging/Seniors, Drama, Social Issues 4More Information

UK, Harry Baker

4More Information

Norway/Iran/Germany, Kaveh Tehrani

USA, Julia Kennelly Comedy, Family Relations, Social Issues Comedy, Erotic/Sex

USA, Max Tullio

4More Information

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USA, Leah Dubuc

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Matriochkas

Belgium/France, Bérangère Mc Neese

Coming of Age, Family Relations, Social Issues4More Information

The Missfits USA, Ellie Wen

Documentary, Education, Youth, Women 4More Information

The Midsummer’s Voice

Missing

Coming of Age, Music

Drama, Mystery, Psychological

China/USA, Yudi Zhang

USA, Alexander Hankoff

4More Information

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Mizuko

A Mother

Motivated Seller

Animation, Documentary, Health

Drama, Family Relations, Social Issues

Class/Economics, Drama

USA/Japan, Kira Dane, Katelyn Rebelo 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

USA, Natasha Ngaiza 4More Information

USA, Chris Cascarano 4More Information


The Motorist

UK, Ciaran Lyons

Fantasy, Horror, Psychological 4More Information

Mizaru

Mr. Somebody

Drama, Social Issues

Documentary, Race/Ethnicity, Social Issues

India/USA, Sudarshan Suresh

USA, Brian Wertheim

4More Information

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Mthunzi

My Father the Mover

My Own Landscapes

Drama, Race/Ethnicity, Social Issues

Dance, Documentary, Social Issues

Documentary, Experimental, War

South Africa, Tebogo Malebogo 4More Information

South Africa, Julia Jansch 4More Information

My Hero

USA, Logan Jackson

Drama, Family Relations, Health 4More Information

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France, Antoine Chapon 4More Information


The Name of the Son Argentina, Martina Matzkin

Coming of Age, Family Relations, LGBTQ 4More Information

Nero

The Nights Alone

Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction

Erotic/Sex, Fantasy, Psychological

Switzerland, Jan-David Bolt 4More Information

France, Olivier Strauss 4More Information

Night Factory

Nightvisit

Nina

Coming of Age, Dance, Drama

Crime, Drama, Women

Crime, Drama, Social Issues

France/China, Baer Xiao 4More Information

No Crying at the Dinner Table Canada, Carol Nguyen

Documentary, Family Relations 4More Information

Germany, Joana Vogdt 4More Information

Bulgaria, Hristo Simeonov 4More Information

Normal Holidays

Nymph

4More Information

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France, Margot Bernard

USA/Cuba, Maria del Mar Rosario Coming of Age, Drama, Family Relations Borders/Migration, Erotic/Sex

The Oceans Are the Real Continents OmĂŠ

Opera Glasses

Drama, Romance

Documentary, Music, Work

Italy/Cuba, Tommaso Santambrogio 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Lebanon/Qatar, Wassim Geagea

Drama, Family Relations, Religion/Spirituality4More Information

Germany/Ukraine, Mila Zhluktenko 4More Information


Oracle

The Other Side of Night

Pancakes

Horror, Psychological, Youth

Crime, Family Relations, Social Issues

Disability, Family Relations

Canada, Aaron Poole 4More Information

USA, Jaclyn Noel

4More Information

USA, Kai Torres | Coming of Age, 4More Information

Pangu

Parachute

The Particles

Animation, Family Relations, Fantasy

Borders/Migration, Coming of Age, Race/Ethnicity

Drama, Family Relations

USA/China, Shaofu Zhang 4More Information

USA, Katherine Tolentino

Argentina, Malena Vain 4More Information

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Party Day

Portugal, Sofia Bost | Class/Economics,

Drama, Family Relations 4More Information

Pharmacopeia

Per Aspera Ad Astra

Comedy, Race/Ethnicity, Social Issues

Animation, Fantasy

USA, Tania Taiwo

France, Franck Dion

4More Information

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Pipe Dream

A Portrait of Frances, Enclosed

Pulsiรณn

Animation, Action/Adventure

Comedy, Coming of Age

Animation, Crime, Psychological

Australia, Benoit McCullough 4More Information

USA, Katie Schiller, Jacob Levy 4More Information

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Argentina/France, Pedro Casavecchia 4More Information


The Present

Palestine, Farah Nabulsi

Borders/Migration, Drama 4More Information

Purpleboy

Pushing Mongo

Query

ira Animation, Fantasy, LGBTQ

Comedy, Sports

LGBTQ, Romance

Red Ants Bite

Regret

Portugal/Belgium/France, Alexandre Sique- USA, Alex Phillips 4More Information

Switzerland/Georgia, Elene Naveriani

4More Information

Canada, Santiago Menghini

Borders/Migration, LGBTQ, Race/Ethnicity Horror, Psychological

USA, Sophie Kargman 4More Information

Renchik

USA, Andrew Theodore Balasia

Coming of Age, Family Relations, Sports

4More Information

4More Information

Riga’s Lilac

Rio

Rouge

Animation, Comedy, Documentary

Borders/Migration, Comedy, Youth

Family Relations, Social Issues, Women

France/Latvia, Lizete UpÄŤte 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Russia/Finland, Zhenia Kazankina 4More Information

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Greece, Kostis Theodosopoulos 4More Information


Rubbed in Pink

Colombia/USA, Kathy Esquenazi Mitrani

Ruby

Portugal, Mariana Gaivão

Coming of Age, Family Relations, Fashion Drama, Environment, Youth

The Rudeness of a German Lady Croatia/Hungary, Silva Ćapin

Comedy

4More Information

4More Information

Ruwatan

SAN

Second Team

Disability, Family Relations, Social Issues

Animation, Fantasy

Comedy, Film-related

Indonesia, Ernest Lesmana

South Korea, Jin Woo 4More Information

4More Information

USA, Ria Pavia

4More Information

4More Information

See You Soon

USA, Tyler Rabinowitz

Drama, LGBTQ, Romance 4More Information

SH_T Happens

Shānzhài Screens

Mihalyi, David Stumpf | Animation, Erotic/Sex 4More Information

Borders/Migration, Documentary, Work

Czech Republic/Slovakia/France, Michaela

France/China, Paul Heintz | Art/Design, 4More Information

Silent Storm

Single

Sloan Hearts Neckface

Migration, Documentary, Experimental

Comedy, Disability, Romance

Comedy, Romance

Switzerland, Anaïs Moog | Borders/ 4More Information

USA, Ashley Eakin

4More Information

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USA, Justin Fair

4More Information


The Sleepwalkers India, Radhika Apte

Environment, Psychological, Thriller 4More Information

The Smell of Coffee

Sole Mio

Song of Clouds

Family Relations, Religion/Spirituality

Drama, Family Relations, LGBTQ

Experimental, Family Relations, Religion/Spirituality

Singapore, Nishok Nishok 4More Information

France, Maxime Roy 4More Information

Nepal, Ankit Poudel

4More Information

Soukoon

Souvenir

So What if the Goats Die

Drama, Social Issues, Women

Canonica Animation, Family Relations

Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

Lebanon/USA, Farah Shaer 4More Information

Spain, Cristina Vilches Estella, Paloma 4More Information

France/Morocco, Sofia Alaoui 4More Information

Space Clouds

The Spark

The Speech

Animation, Documentary, Family Relations 4More Information

Drama, LGBTQ, Work/Labor

Health, Education, Youth

Canada, Tally Abecassis

P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

France, Elvire Munoz 4More Information

USA/China, Haohao Yan 4More Information


Stallions

The Starr Sisters

Starry Night

Animals, Documentary, Social Issues

Aging/Seniors, Comedy, Documentary

Coming of Age, Family Relations

USA/Palestine, Elise Coker 4More Information

USA, Beth Einhorn, Bridey Elliott 4More Information

Ireland, Emma Smith 4More Information

Status Pending

USA, Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz | Borders/

Migration, Documentary, Politics 4More Information

Sticker

Stay Awake, Be Ready

Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Drama, Mystery

North Macedonia, Georgi M. Unkovski 4More Information

Still Wylde

Vietnam/South Korea/USA, Pham Thien An 4More Information

A Story Without You

Stray Dogs Come Out at Night

4More Information

4More Information

Stuff

Such a Beautiful Town

Swimmer

Comedy, Crime, Psychological

Animation, Drama, Psychological

Comedy, Crime, Drama

USA/Canada, Ingrid Haas

Comedy, Health, Relationships 4More Information

Netherlands, Malu Janssen 4More Information

Germany/Mexico, Michael Nathansky

Pakistan/UK, Hamza Bangash Biography, Documentary, Family Relations Drama, LGBTQ, Work/Labor

Poland, Marta Koch 4More Information

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Sweden, Jonatan Etzler 4More Information


Still Working

Switzerland, Julietta Korbel

Technology, Work/Labor 4More Information

Symbiosis

France/Hungary, Nadja Andrasev

Animation, Erotic/Sex, Relationships 4More Information

T

Sundays at the Triple Nickel

Art/Design, Race/Ethnicity, Social Issues 4More Information

Aging/Seniors, Documentary, Music

USA, Keisha Rae Witherspoon

USA, Jess Colquhoun 4More Information

Tadpole

Take Me to Prom

Tantrums

Animation, Family Relations, Fantasy

Documentary, LGBTQ

Drama, Family Relations, Psychological

France, Jean-Claude Rozec 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Canada, Andrew Moir 4More Information

USA, Zander CotĂŠ

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Tapes

USA, Dara Katz, Betsy Kenney

Comedy, Family Relations 4More Information

Tattoo

Tape

Drama, Politics, Social Issues

Coming of Age, LGBTQ, Sports

Iran, Farhad Delaram 4More Information

USA/Canada/Finland, Jojo Erholtz 4More Information

Tea Shop

Tehrangeles

Tender Age

Drama, Family Relations, Youth

Comedy, Race/Ethnicity

Coming of Age, Drama, Youth

Taiwan/USA, Jessie Lee 4More Information

There Were Four of Us

USA, Saumene Mehrdady 4More Information

France, Julien Gaspar-Oliveri 4More Information

USA/China, Cassie Shao

These Streets Will Never Look the Same

They Salivate

4More Information

Youth Drama, LGBTQ, Romance

4More Information

Animation, Experimental, Fantasy

Switzerland, Léonard Vuilleumier

France, Ariane Boukerche

Fantasy, Erotic/Sex, Horror

4More Information

Things Like

Thirsty

Tiger and Ox

Family Relations, Psychological, Social Issues

Animals, Comedy, Romance

Documentary, Family Relations

Austria/Hungary, Kálmán Nagy

4More Information

USA, Nicole Delaney 4More Information

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South Korea, Seunghee Kim | Animation, 4More Information


To Calm the Pig Inside

Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves

Touch

Animation, Comedy, Erotic/Sex

4More Information

Triple Swear

Umbilical

Undercut

Coming of Age, Social Issues, Women

Animation, Documentary, Politics, Women

Crime, Social Issues, Sports, Youth

Philippines, Joanna Vasquez Arong

Documentary, Environment, Social Issues 4More Information

Estonia/Croatia/France, Chintis Lundgren

Israel, Nir Berger

Coming of Age, Comedy, Technology

4More Information

The Tongues

Norway, Marja BĂĽl Nango, Ingir BĂĽl

Crime, Culture, Social Issues, Women 4More Information

Australia, Dannika Horvat 4More Information

USA/China, Danski Tang

4More Information

USA, Kelly Pike

4More Information

Unfinished Business

Union County

Uprising!

Comedy, Horror

Drama, Health, Social Issues

Comedy, Science Fiction

USA, Mary Dauterman 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

USA, Adam Meeks 4More Information

USA, Ben Hansford | Action/Adventure, 4More Information


Verisimilitude

Victor in Paradise

Virago

Disability, Film-related

Art/Design, Work/Labor

Comedy, Fantasy

UK, David Proud

4More Information

USA, Brendan McHugh 4More Information

Estonia, Kerli Kirch Schneider 4More Information

Viktor on the Moon

Denmark, Christian Arhoff

Comedy, Romance 4More Information

Visible

The Visit

Volcano

Coming of Age, LGBTQ, Social Issues

Drama, Family Relations, Politics

Comedy, Drama, Social Issues

Norway, Liv Mari Ulla Mortensen 4More Information

Iran, Azadeh Moussavi 4More Information

Canada, Karen Moore 4More Information

Wade

Waffle

Wally Wenda

Sanghvi Animation, Environment, Science Fiction 4More Information

Comedy, Horror

Comedy, Nature, Women

India, Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, Kalp

USA, Carlyn Hudson 4More Information

USA, Diane Russo

4More Information

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Wanted: Strong Woman Canada, Marilyn Cooke

Drama, Sports, Women 4More Information

Waters of March

The Water Will Carry Us

4More Information

4More Information

We Want Our Money Back

What Did You Dream?

USA, Chase Johnson

China, Shasha Huang Coming of Age, Family Relations, Health Culture, Work/Labor

Welcome Strangers USA, Dia Sokol Savage

Borders, Documentary, Spirituality 4More Information

Wednesday

USA, Daniel Willis

USA, Ethan Mermelstein

Class/Economics, Coming of Age, Fam- Comedy, Relationships 4More Information ily Relations

South Africa, Karabo Lediga

Class/Economics, Family Relations 4More Information

4More Information

What We Were

When Birds Fly Low

White Eye

4More Information

4More Information

Germany, Hannah Martin, Melanie Waelde Netherlands, Luca Meisters

Drama, Family Relations 4More Information P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Israel, Tomer Shushan Coming of Age, Family Relations, Health Crime, Drama, Social Issues


AUDIENCE FA V O R I T E S 4622 Stillwater Circle

Why Slugs Have No Legs

A Woman

Animation, Fantasy

Family Relations, Social Issues

Switzerland, Aline Höchli 4More Information

Azerbaijan, Tahmina Rafaella 4More Information

All That Perishes at theEdge of Land Beauty Boys

World

USA/Armenia, Christine Haroutounian

Family Relations, Psychological 4More Information

Worth

Switzerland, Alejandra Jenni Health, Women 4More Information

The Best is Yet to Come Bye Bye, Body

XYU

Yes-People

Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Animation, Comedy, Relationships

France, Donato Sansone 4More Information

Iceland, Gísli Darri Halldórsson 4More Information

Former Cult Member Hears Music for the First Time Growth Heading South Jay

Young Mother

Your Monster

Drama, Family Relations, Health

Comedy, Fantasy, Psychological

UK/Ireland, John Robert Brown 4More Information

Zoe and Hanh USA, Kim Tran

Comedy, Family Relations, Race/Ethnicity 4More Information

USA, Caroline Lindy 4More Information

Congratulations to all the winners and jury special mentions - I’ve so enjoyed watching shorts over the last two days (I started viewing late). Thank you to everyone who shared their films - hoping to meet many of you at some point in the future with more films outside of zoom. And thank you Palm Springs for inviting us and curating a great virtual festival space

Hira Nabi

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

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Mizaro My Hero The Speech Your Monster


P S F I L M F E S T. O R G


Puppetmaker

K.J. Relth

Film Programmer, Writer and Professor

Marie-Louise Khondji

BEST DOC SHORT JURY

Executive and Producer, Black List

B E S T A N I M AT E D S H O R T J U R Y

BEST OF THE FEST JURY

Megan Halpern

Lizzy Hogenson

Rowena Santos Aquino, Ph.D.

Professor, California State University, Long Beach

Harry Vaughn

Founder and Programmer, Le CinĂŠma Club

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Siqi Song

Director, Animator

Jacqueline Lyanga

Sandra Winther

Founder, Global Cinematheque

Director

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GOE BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD JURY

Marcy Garriott

Independent Documentary Filmmaker

Chale Nafus

Bambadjan Bamba

Boardmember, Austin Film Society, OUTsider Fest Advisor, IndieMeme, Cine Las Americas

Actor, Filmmaker, Immigrant Rights Advocate

Susan Morgan Cooper

Director, Producer and Writer

Adam Shepherd

Rodrigo Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer of Go Energistics (GoE)

Film Director

Daria Mashouf

Director of Development, MOZAIK Aspen, Consultant, Athena Film Festival

Bijan Tehrani Michael Franck

Documentarian, Director and Producer

P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Founder and Director of I, Immigrant, Founder of Cinema Without Borders, CineEqual, Author, Children’s Books, Short Films, Human Rights Advocate Writer, Magnet Film, Cinema Scandinavia


Former Inspector General- Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. General Services Administration Pacific Rim

Roxanna Garcia

Coachella Valley Cinephile

Raymond Johnson

BEST COMEDY SHORT JURY

Former Operations Chief of the Treasurer and Tax Collector Department of Los Angeles County

Diane P. Haaga, Ph.D.

BEST MIDNIGHT SHORT JURY

LOCAL JURY

Liza Ivins

Mitch Davis

Director of International Programming,Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Co-Festival-Director, Filmmaker

Kier-La Janisse

Retired Human Resources Professional and Organizational

Film Writer and Programmer, Founder of Spectacular Optical Publications and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Author

Mia Galuppo

Staff writer,The Hollywood Reporter

Peter Kuplowsky

Jim Cummings

Film Curator, Producer, Writer, Hat Enthusiast

Filmmaker, Sundance and South by Southwest winner

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Michael Lerman

Overlook Film Festival

Farida Zahran Writer, Director

P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Program Manager, Hamptons Film

Violet Lucca

Harper’s Magazine

BEST LGBTQ+ SHORT JURY

European Film Market

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINS JURY

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT UNDER 15 MINS JURY

Themba Bhebhe

Megan Costello

Mike Dougherty

Director of Festival Programming, Outfest

Andrew Murphy

Director of Programming, Inside Out

Berthold Wahjudi

Director, University of Television and Film Munich

Alice Royer

Film and Media Programmer, Scholar, and Archivist


YOUNG CINEASTES

Chase Carroll

Palm Desert Resident

Daniel Lorette

Shelby Armor

Yucca Valley High School Student

2020 Graduate Palm Valley School. Lindsay Frazer Palm Desert High School Student, Graphic Designer and Aesthetics Coordinator

Leo Milmet

Graham Bennett Actor

Palm Valley School Senior, Actor, Cinephile

William Harris

Palm Springs High School Senior Biweekly News Segment and

Angie Carroll

Daniela Uribe

Xavier College Prep High School Student, Athlete, Performer

La Quinta Resident

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Kate Erbland

Deputy Editor, Film of IndieWire

Programmer, Arts Curator, Writer

Malin Kan

Programmer, American Film Institute

Shali Dore

Programmer, Arts Curator, Writer

Victoria Rivera Writer, Director

Andrew Stephen Lee Director, Writer

Landon Zakheim

Short Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival,Interactive Curator & Shorts Programmer, Denver Film Festival, Co-Director & Co-Founder Overlook Film Festival

Angie Driscoll

Senior Shorts, Senior International Programmer, Hot Docs Toronto, Programmer Shortsfest Aspen, Consultant, Athena Film Festival P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

B E S T U N I T E D S TAT E S S H O R T J U R Y

Festival Director, VP of Programming, Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca TV Festival

B E S T S T U D E N T I N T E R N AT I O N A L S H O R T J U R Y

B E S T S T U D E N T A N I M AT E D & D O C S H O R T J U R Y

Cara Cusumano

Sarah-Tai Black

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A F E W M E S S A G E S O F A P P R E C I A T I O N A N D T H A N K S F R O M P A R T I C I P A N T S

Hi Clay. I wanted to thank you and all the Palm Springs ShortFest staff for such a fantastic experience last week. The online forums, webinars and roundtables were so inspiring and inclusive. I loved every one and I think I watched more short films than I would have been able to had I attended the fest in person. I really appreciate all the hard work that went into making the festival work digitally. I hope that more festivals moving forward take your admirable lead. Thank you again. I really appreciate it. All the best for you and your loved ones.

Joe

Thank you so much for this! I was at the fest last year as well and I have had such great experiences both years. Everyone has been so inspiring and kind. Briana (I Lost My Mother’s Ashes)

Most sincere thanks to the Palm Springs staff for putting this festival together amid a pandemic and all the talented filmmakers in this group! It was an absolute delight to watch all the films in the past week and my god, so much wonderful talent and voices everywhere!! I hope that I get to see some of you under the California sun next year.

Jungyoon Kim

hey all! I have really loved watching your films. excited to be in such a smart, talented group. here’s my film, bye bye body. thanks to all the PSFF programmers for putting this together! stay safe/healthy, keep fighting, keep protesting

Charlotte Benbeniste

Torn tween wanting to talk one more time w everyone – and watching all your films. PSFF you rock.

Clay & Scarlett & Squad! Amazing Distribution roundtable. Super fun meeting the distributors in breakout rooms.

Ben Hansford

I feel like I just got home from vacation, the films and panels this week transported me far from my living room and that’s very much appreciated! My plan is to keep watching until the wheels fall off at 9am PST and if you’re looking for some scares to stream late-night may I humbly suggest Biters, it’s directed by me and really good. Thank you to the Palm Springs Film Society, the staff, volunteers and all the filmmakers for this unique ShortFest 2020 experience!

P S F I L M F E S T. O R G

Matt Sherwood

Ben Hansford

Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020 truly set the president for all festivals during this pandemic. The way the hard-working team managed this whole thing, the happy half hours, the lovely forums, the meetings and constantly updating us with information and making everyone feel so welcome was nothing short of grace. It has been an incredible experience ad what an amazing lineup of films. Big Congrats to the all winners, we are very humbled to have got the Special Mention Award at this lovely festival, we look forward to connecting with you all next year! Lots of love from the Funfair Kaveh Mazaheri


T H A N K Y O U T O A L L O F T H E 2 0 2 0 S H O R T F E S T F I L M M A K E R S A N D P A R T I C I P A N T S

Congrats to all the winners! And to the Palm Springs International Film Festival team for winning at the pivot to virtual film festival. You guys are the ones that every other festival needs to learn from (seriously, give a masterclass to all other festival directors). You managed to create an incredible experience for filmmakers, still create networking/ mentorship opportunities, and make us feel celebrated in the world’s crappiest time. Pulling this off in a matter of weeks must have been insanely hard. A BIG THANK YOU!!

Hamza Bangash

Thank you Palm Springs ShortFest for an amazing festival so happy to have been a part of it

Hi everyone! As I’m sitting in rainy Brussels tonight, I can’t tell you how much I would have loved being with all of you in Palm Springs. I was there two years ago I believe with my previous film and it was undoubtedly one of the best festivals I ever attended. Take care all of you! And hopefully we’ll meet soon!

An epic thank you to our Palm Springs ShortFest fearless leaders... What better way to dive into the (restructured) festival world than with YOU! The Happy Hours provided more human connection than many of us have experienced in months. The art we’ve shared is inspirational. The forums have been eye opening. Almost makes you forget about the pandemic. Almost. With gratitude, Ria Pavia

An absolutely wonderful experience, despite it being virtual this year. The festival did an incredible jobcreating a sense of community among the filmmakers and providing us with a forum filled with fantastic speakers. Everything was very professionally run and the communication was great. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

Ellie Wen

This was an outstanding experience. I’m very grateful ShortFest was quick to adapt to a virtual format. I’ve experienced the biggest sense of community from fellow filmmakers and industry persons alike through this festival - I have new filmmaker friends! This festival is an incredible gift and a resource. I’m so honored to have been invited.

Beth Einhorn

Berangere Mc Neese

Hi everyone! Thank you for sharing your amazing films And thank you Jessica Eskelin & Lili Rodriguez and everyone involved for making the most out of these circumstances and creating a festival experience. Hope to see you all in the various events and eventually, hopefully, next year.

Nir Berger

Once again, bless your heart for being amazing. Having these posted is incredibly helpful because like I’m sure many, I plan to go back and listen to them again and take notes. The first time around I just wanted to listen and participate so this is a perfect opportunity to take notes. I keep saying this because it continues being true, but you’re defining a new standard of excellence with everything you’re doing. Truly unbelievable. Thank you for all of it. Happy Hour - These are sooo good I can’t even put it to words...thank you for all of your INCREDIBLY diligent and hard work.

Amelia Spitler

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