So, it’s date night and you don’t know what to do or where to go….  

Look no further.  

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is the perfect date night, or group-of-friends-night-out, or solo mission in Palm Springs.  It’s going on now till Monday – so start planning it out today.

We have compiled a list of shows that we recommend, simplifying it by just choosing one themed group showing per day.  As you may, or may not, know by now even though these films individually are short, when grouped together in these categories (about 5 per showing) they make for a feature length film (90 – 120 mins).  The best part about is it that you don’t have to stay committed to one 2 hour film, they switch every 20 minutes or so – kinda like a Youtube session.

Each of the categories that we have chosen we thought you guys might be interested in – however, don’t just take out word! Make sure to go to the website and/or pick up a print publication to check them out for yourself!!  

*In the meantime, make sure to check out the Local Sightings screening taking place this Sunday!  Bet you knew we’d love that one 😉

Hope to see you around at some of these – come and say “HI!”

d X

all ShortFest films screened inside the

Camelot Theaters

2300 East Baristo Rd. Palm Springs, CA

Tickets are sold at the door, no longer online.

Make sure to show up at least 30 min early just in case there is a line!

And yes, they have a full bar and cafe there!!!  Yay!



ShortSlam: Programmer’s Picks

87 Minute Running Time

Program: ShortFest Film Packages

Five formidable shorts that share little in common except for their excellence, these striking films were selected by ShortFest programmers to highlight the auspicious talent of the directors who made them. Voila: ShortFest – the Director’s Cut!


love hacking

Love Hacking

Love Hacking
USA, 2011, 21 Minute Running Time 
Topics: DocumentaryRomance
Language: English

Tim is a Silicon Valley computer whiz; Sarita lives in a modest home in Nepal. Three months after they meet on a Latter Day Saints dating site, they will marry in a traditional Nepalese ceremony. A fascinating and humorous look at love in the contemporary world.

DIRECTOR: Jenni Nelson 
Producer: Jenni Nelson
Editor: Jenni Nelson
Screenwriter: n/a
Cinematographer: Jenni Nelson
Music: Beau Sorenson
Principal Cast: Tim William Grayson Heath,Sarita Heath


USA, 2012, 14 Minute Running Time 
Topics: Science FictionThriller
Language: English

Val goes to extraordinary lengths to secure and lock herself in her bedroom one night. But what kind of protection is she seeking — and protection from whom, exactly, will this provide? She’s been trying to tell people for some time that aliens are abducting her, but since no one believes her, will this do the trick?

DIRECTOR: Joey Ciccoline 
Producer: Joey Ciccoline, Sean Wilson
Editor: Joey Ciccoline
Screenwriter: Joey Ciccoline, Sean Wilson
Cinematographer: Joey Ciccoline
Principal Cast: Rachael Kahne,Robin Moore

Russia, 2011, 18 Minute Running Time 
Topic: Drama
Language: Russian

DIRECTOR: Svetozar Golovlev 
Producer: Svetozar Golovlev
Editor: Andrey Bazik
Screenwriter: Svetozar Golovlev
Cinematographer: Ivan Burlakov, Mikhail Kelim
Principal Cast: Eva Aveeva,Ivan Pachin

and more…..




Zombies, Ghouls and Ghosts

87 Minute Running Time

Program: ShortFest Film Packages

Deliciously perverse, these seven twisted films about the undead include four comedies, two flat-out horror shorts and one bizarre Asian oddball we don’t know how to classify. We like to call it ‘horror with a heart’, but hey – you be the judge…

The Bride of Frank
USA, 2011, 18 Minute Running Time
Topic: Black Comedy
Language: English

The amnesiac bride of a lonely butcher named Frank, kept isolated in his shop’s meat locker, tries to adjust to her surroundings but starts seeing disturbing flashes of her past life.

DIRECTOR: Kristi Uribes
Producer: Michael Greischar, Jessica Stephens, Kristi Uribes
Editor: Emily Peters
Screenwriter: Kristi Uribes, Shannon Latimer
Cinematographer: Alex Dillon
Music: Sam Jones, Alexis Marsh
Principal Cast: Sarah Hagan,Greg Travis,Madonna Cacciatore,Emily Gomez,Emily Peters,Lia Burton

brain sucker

brain sucker

Attack of the Brainsucker
Canada, 2012, 14 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: HorrorScience Fiction
Language: English

Samantha, a little girl growing up in the sixties, loves classic b-movies and monsters. That is, until they start to invade her bedroom and her obsession compels her parents to seek help from the latest scientific breakthrough sweeping the country.

DIRECTOR: Sid Zanforlin
Producer: Martin Henri, Marie-Claire Lalonde
Editor: Alexandre Mailhot
Screenwriter: Sid Zanforlin
Cinematographer: Bobby Shore
Music: Michael Richard Plowman
Principal Cast: Keyanna Fielding,Alex Weiner,Arthur Holden,Janine Thériault,Neil Napier,Jeff Lefebvre

Undying Love
Ódau leg ást
Iceland, 2011, 11 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Science FictionThriller
Language: Icelandic

Living in the world of the dead, each day is like running an obstacle course to find food and substance. For one man, alone in his battle to survive, the unexpected encounter with a stranger in trouble may now make all the difference in the world.

DIRECTOR: Omar Orn Hauksson
Producer: Kristin Andrea Thordardottir
Editor: Eiríkur Sigur arson, Olaf de Fleur, Omar Orn Hauksson
Screenwriter: Omar Orn Hauksson
Cinematographer: Bjarni Felix Bjarnason
Music: Orri Páll D rason
Principal Cast: Hilmir Jensson,Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir,Bjorn Thors,Ólafur Darri Olafsson,Vignir Rafn Val órsson, orbjörg Helga orgilsdóttir,Ævar ór Benediktsson,Magnús Jónsson,Ingibjörg Huld Haraldsdóttir,Gu rún Tara Sveinsdóttir

and more…..




Twisted Tales

91 Minute Running Time
Program: ShortFest Film Packages

These twisted tales of people caught in a dilemma that’s just a little to the left of center – strike that, make it a lot left of center – are alternately amusing, engrossing or just plain weird.

The Fourth Friday
Germany, 2011, 11 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topic: Horror

In this terse thriller, when a woman retorts to the graffiti that she finds on a bathroom wall, she sets in motion an anonymous dialogue that threatens to spiral out of control.

DIRECTOR: Ameen Muhairez
Producer: Ameen Muhairez
Editor: Ameen Muhairez
Screenwriter: Ameen Muhairez
Cinematographer: Ameen Muhairez
Music: Ameen Muhairez
Principal Cast: Zoë McIvor,Katherine Greer

Small Time
Ireland, 2012, 12 Minute Running Time
Topics: ComedyScience Fiction
Language: English

When a pompous professor steals credit for his student’s breakthrough, their bitter rivalry zigzags its way back and forth across time.

DIRECTOR: Ged Murray
Producer: Ian Hunt Duffy
Editor: Kevin Herlihy
Screenwriter: Ged Murray
Cinematographer: David Grennan
Principal Cast: Alan Stanford,Gavin Fullam,Charlie Murphy

A Good Thing
USA, 2011, 22 Minute Running Time
Topic: Thriller
Language: English

An elderly couple running an isolated desert gas station are shaken by reports of an elusive killer who stalks his prey in their region. Things heat up considerably when a man fitting the killer’s description suddenly arrives on their doorstep…

DIRECTOR: Mark Tobey
Producer: Lisa Tobey
Editor: Aaron Rottinghaus
Screenwriter: Mark Tobey
Cinematographer: David Mullen
Music: Keith Sterling
Principal Cast: Michael Petted,Tom Bower,Anne Gee Byrd

 and more…..




Local Sightings

73 Minute Running Time 
Program: ShortFest Film Packages

Five striking films with one tie that binds: each was shot in Palm Springs, or enlisted the talent of Palm Springs-based filmmakers to tell their stories.

arm's race

Arm’s Race

Arms Race
USA, 2012, 5 Minute Running Time 
World Premiere 
Topic: Comedy

Sometimes the most entertaining part of going to the movies is watching the audience. An amusing reprise from the local talent who brought you last year’s Smartie Pants.

DIRECTOR: Michael Kontaxis 
Producer: Michael Kontaxis
Editor: Michael Kontaxis
Screenwriter: Michael Kontaxis
Cinematographer: Michael Kontaxis
Principal Cast: Ryan Tower,Ron Hanks,Benjamin Stewart

children of the Deployed

Children of the Deployed

Children of the Deployed
USA, 2012, 5 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topics: DocumentaryWar

Children from the Morongo Valley Elementary School near the 29 Palms Marine Base provide rarely heard and moving perspectives on what it is like to be the child of someone who is currently deployed to the Middle East.

DIRECTOR: Brad Pulliam
Producer: James Egan, Judith Paixao, Kev Lombard
Editor: Brandon Delfiorentino
Cinematographer: Brandon Delfiorentino
Music: John Colley, Bob Cole


jungle documentary

Jungle Documentary

USA, 2011, 40 Minute Running Time 
North American Premiere 
Topic: Documentary

In this fascinating documentary portrait with local production ties, Kid Jungle, an extremely talented hiphop dancer from Chicago tries to make his dreams come true while balancing his responsibilities as a young father. Warning: be prepared for some amazing dance moves!

DIRECTOR: Bake Phouikham 
Producer: Nancy Tom ,Yuchia Chang
Screenwriter: Nancy Tom ,Yuchia Chang, Bake Phouikham



USA, 2011, 14 Minute Running Time 
Topic: Gay/Lesbian
Language: English

Set in Palm Springs and inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem, Slant tells the story of a gay man looking for a romantic connection long after the loss of his partner to AIDS. Initially setting his sights on a younger gardener, he ultimately finds a more meaningful connection with an acquaintance who shares a similar history.

DIRECTOR: Stephen Soucy 
Producer: Michael Toubassi
Editor: Brian Hoey
Screenwriter: Stephen Soucy
Cinematographer: Bradford Whitaker
Principal Cast: Christopher Fairbanks,Granville Ames,David Calderon,Grant Garner

2012, 9 Minute Running Time
Topics: AnimationComedy

A deliciously amusing tale of a garbage can, a banana peel, and a styrofoam cup. Winner of the top prize at the Palm Springs Student Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Sonya Curiel, Ricardo Lebron
Screenwriter: David Barrita, Sonya Curiel, Elizabeth Casas
Cinematographer: Sonya Curiel
Principal Cast: Ricardo Lebron Derriana Riley, Robet Del Campo, Walter Taylor




All day!!! It’s Best of the Fest!!!

Best of the Fest – Audience Favorite – Animations
Monday, June 25, 12:00 PM
Camelot Theatres

Best of the Fest – Audience Favorite – Jury Award Winners 1

Monday, June 25, 12:30 PM
Camelot Theatres

Best of the Fest – Audience Favorite – Documentaries

Monday, June 25, 3:00 PM
Camelot Theatres

Best of the Fest – Audience Favorite – Live Action/Comedies

Monday, June 25, 3:30 PM
Camelot Theatres

Best of the Fest – Audience Favorite – Jury Award Winners 2

Monday, June 25, 6:00 PM
Camelot Theatres

Best of the Fest – Audience Favorite – Live Action/Comedies

Monday, June 25, 6:30 PM
Camelot Theatres

* * * *

for more information, please visit: