“The Palm Springs International Shortfest returns to the Palm Springs Cultural Centre this month.
Running from June 22 to 28, the festival is already an important date in the industry calendar. It’s the largest short film festival in North America, a designated awards-qualifying event for the Oscars, Baftas and their Spanish equivalent the Goyas, and offers prizes of up to $25,000 for winners.
This year, however, Shortfest takes on even greater significance as the first festival in California to hold all of its screenings in cinemas, albeit with limited capacity, and stringent cleaning and mask-wearing policies in place, after more than a year of online festivals brought about by the pandemic.
Eight films from the Arab world will be among the 295 titles screening at this year’s event, which includes 32 world premieres…”

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