The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.

thoughts and opinions by Sarah Scheideman

Aaahhhh… a festival that I feel was made just in time for my generation. We’ve been rumored to have attention deficit disorder and crave information overload. Well, honestly, can’t say I’m not guilty of either of the two. Guess that’s why the PSIFF is one of my favorite times of the year. Okay, maybe my second favorite time of the year, second to our CVAS parties, of course.

Anyways, via blog posts, emails, Formspring, text, and Twitter, I have had some internet kids asking me some interesting questions like…

What’s the difference between the Palm Springs Short Film Festival and a good late night Youtube session? I say… everything.

For the next couple of days you can order up a pack of films, light ‘em up, and inhale each one slowly until it starts burning away at your finger tips tempting you buy another pack to satisfy the satisfaction to the craving. And you don’t even gotta be 18 to buy a pack.

In fact, the best part about buying a pack of film fest tickets is that you get to be apart of a culture. You get a moment to step away from your computer, put your gnarly ‘Youtube short film fest sessions’ at rest, and see some great films that have been hand selected by pros in the industry. Not to say that you aren’t a great Youtuber – or anything like that – but you know you’ve watched that Panda sneezing too many times already.

In addition to watching some top notch shorts, you also get to contribute to an art scene that makes Palm Springs… well, Palm Springs. It’s that old Hollywood art and film scene that lives on out here. And I love Palm Springs for exactly that reason and charm. If we can build upon and contribute to that culture as a young, artistic, super cool community, then the festival and city will soon cater to us.

So… come on little munchkins… come out, come out wherever you are… and meet these new directors that are about to be stars…



Here are some hand picked favorites that we are really looking forward to checking out!!

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Art Themed Shorts:


Czech Republic, 2010, 11 Minute Running Time
Topic: Art/Architecture/Film

A Student Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short, this delightful tale traces the path of two graffiti tigers through a modern European cityscape.

DIRECTOR: Libor Pixa


Spain, 2010, 13 Minute Running Time
Topic: Animation
Language: Spanish

In a bizarre, animated world, a birdboy gets help from an unexpected source when a girl befriends him and saves him from his tormentors.

DIRECTOR: Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vasquez
Screenwriter: Pedro Rivero



A Work of Persol
USA, 2011, 28 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary

An artwork’s truest beauty lies in the layers of work that most will never see, and this striking new film celebrates this dedication to the artistic process by exploring the works of international artists working in various fine art disciplines around the world.

DIRECTOR: Joe Kayser
Producer: Jennifer Golub
Editor: Jeff Buchanan



Specky Four-Eyes
Cul de bouteille
France, 2010, 9 Minute Running Time
Topic: Animation
Language: French

In this animated delight, a young boy with eye problems is forced to wear glasses, but he likes the world just fine the way he sees it.

DIRECTOR: Jean-Claude Rozec
Producer: Mathieu Courtois
Editor: Jean-Claude Rozec
Screenwriter: Jean-Claude Rozec
Music: Arnaud Bordelet



PS Your Mystery Sender
Scotland, 2010, 9 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary

For the last 20 years, the prominent fashion designer Paul Smith has been the recipient of an odd collection of unwrapped packages sent by a mysterious person. Unwrap the mystery in this delightful and artful documentary.

DIRECTOR: Benjamin Wigley
Producer: Benjamin Wigley


Sun City Picture House
Haiti, 2010, 27 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
Language: English

After watching the last of the old movie theaters get destroyed in the Haiti earthquake, a local man enlists the help of a priest, two young aid workers, and the entire community to make his dream come alive on a hill above a tent city.

DIRECTOR: David Darg
Producer: Bryn Mooser
Editor: David Darg, Bryn Mooser


USA, 2011, 4 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topic: Art/Architecture/Film

On a wintry night in New York, a surprising and magical event escapes everyone’s notice except the filmmaker’s watchful eye.

DIRECTOR: Brian Herman


Two Steps Behind…
Dwa Kroki Za…
Poland, 2010, 7 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topic: Animation
Language: Polish

In this haunting, fabulously animated tale, a boy leaves his country home for the big city, but returns after a series of strange encounters.

DIRECTOR: Paulina Majda
Editor: Janusz Czubak
Screenwriter: Pauline Majda
Music: Julita Gorecka


Here is the schedule.

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Of course, there is way more to this festival then the information we have provided… so, make sure to check out their website to learn more:


And I hope to see you there!