Like OMG, WTF does PSISF mean?
Plastic Surgery Is So Fugly? No.
Popsicles & Sunglasses In the Shade Forever ? No.
Palm Springs International ShortFest? YES.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. As the weather warms up we slowly, but surely, watch the “snow birds” melt away. All that remains are the native desert animals (aka “desert rats”) whom are nestled away in their burrows (aka “being couch potatoes”). Resulting in summertime in the desert filled with hot, stagnate air, lacking life and productivity.
However, just when you almost get to the point of insanity from isolation, a flock of 400+ young creative people fly into town. These 400+ summer birds are the young directors, actors, producers, and all around creatives that are featured artists involved with this year’s Palm Springs International ShortFest.
If you are in town, or anywhere near it, we recommend you flock this way as well. The PSISF provides you enough inspiration to keep you creative all summer long.
Below is our complete run-down of everything you need to know about the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 2013. Scroll all the way through for video, photo, info and more.
What is a Short Film?
A short film is any film not long enough to be considered a feature film. No consensus exists as to where that boundary is drawn: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits”. The term featuretteoriginally applied to a film longer than a short subject, but shorter than a standard feature film.
The increasingly rare term short subject means approximately the same thing. An industry term, it carries more of an assumption that the film is shown as part of a presentation along with a feature film. Short is an abbreviation for either term. Short films can be professional or amateur productions. Short films are often screened at local, national, or international film festivals. Short films are often made by independent filmmakers for non profit, either with a low budget, no budget at all, and in rare cases big budgets. Short films are usually funded by film grants, non profit organizations, sponsor, or out of pocket funds. These films are used by indy filmmakers to prove their talent in order to gain funding for future films from private investors, entertainment companies, or film studios. Short films do qualify for Academy Awards if screened in Los Angeles. – via Wikipedia
Palm Springs International ShortFilm Festival
Official Website: www.psfilmfest.org
The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. With a year-round program of screenings and special events, the PSIFS hosts two major annual festivals and presents monthly screenings of contemporary international films, many with special guests attending for post-screening Q&A’s
Palm Springs International Film Society strives for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge and tolerance prevail. We believe film as an art form has the power to bridge cultures and illuminates the universality of the human experience.
CHOOSING THE FILMS
300 out of 3,000 submissions are chosen to screen next week during one of North America’s largest short film festivals. 300 could seem like a staggeringly high number of movies to watch but all of these films range from 3 minutes to 35 minutes; the majority are under 15 minutes.
After these 300 films are chosen they will be placed in a ‘program’ with 2-4 other short films with related patterns or themes. Each program is roughly the length of an average film (90 minutes or so) and costs $11.
Some of the directors are students, some have screened in festivals throughout Europe and the East Coast, others will be watching their films for the first time on a real theater screen.
June 18th – 24th
After Opening Night, movies will start to screen around 1030am and run all day until about 700pm or 800pm.
Festival books can be found in coffee shops, art galleries and boutiques all over Palm Springs. The Desert Sun also printed a version that can be found in Palm Desert inside of their offices.
A non-transferable photo identification pass good for all regular film programs, panel discussions, Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Awards Gala programs. Members must be logged in prior to adding the pass into their cart to receive discount.
Regular Individual Screening Tickets
General Admission: $12
Matinee (screenings starting before 3:00 p.m.): $11
Reel Deal 6-Pack: $54
Good for six regular priced screenings and panels (does not include Galas). Reel Deal 6-Pack tickets can be selected online or in person at a Festival Box Office. Please note that this value pack is only available for purchase through June 18, 2013.
Opening Night Screening
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. – Camelot Theatres: $35
Opening Night Party immediately following screening
Closing Night Awards Gala
Sunday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. – Camelot Theatres: $25
Wrap Party immediately following screening
Filmmaker Parties: $25
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Meet the filmmakers behind the best short films in the world.
Forums: $11 each
Masterclasses: $12 each
To purchase tickets & get more information, please visit:
** All photos provided by the Palm Springs International Film Fest website