The 28th annual Palm Springs International ShortFest today announced programs and participants in its annual Forum, as well as jury members who will bestow Oscar-Qualifying Awards, Student Short Awards and Special Jury Awards.
The ShortFest Forum will take place June 22-26, bringing together festival filmmakers, prominent industry representatives and others for a series of panels, roundtables and meetings covering a wide range of emerging trends and new practices in the global film community.
Virtual panels and events will take place on June 22-23, and in person from June 24-26 at the Hilton Palm Springs.
The following are our forum events open to the public:
Strategizing for Success at Festivals (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Being accepted into festivals is only the start! How do you select the right ones for your film, and make the most of your experience? Hear from our virtual panel of industry experts about the process of navigating the festival circuit and setting up your film for success and the right exposure from the get-go.Featuring: Sandrine Cassidy (USC), Rona Edwards (Rona Edwards Productions), Monika Skerbelis (American Pavilion), Paul Sloop (Cleveland FF), Jennifer Reeder (Filmmaker). Moderated by: Michelle De Lateur (No Film School).
Everywhere All at Once: Distributing Your Short (Virtual)
Thursday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
What opportunities exist for short films in today’s ever-changing content world? How can you ensure you’re finding wide audiences and partnering with the right companies to set your film up for success? Industry veterans guide us through the current shorts distribution landscape and how to help your film go further. Featuring: Florentina Almonte (ShortsTV), Amos Geva (T-Port), Andrea Goncalvez (Manifest), Wouter Jansen (Some Shorts), Kelly Lui (OUAT Media). Moderated by: Ryan Lattanzio (Indiewire)
The following events are open to passholders. Reservations required.
From Short to Feature (In Person)
Friday, June 24, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
It’s true that making the leap from short to feature filmmaking can be a challenge, but our panel of filmmakers who have gone through it all before are here to help ease that transition. Hear their perspectives on what worked, what didn’t, and how best to prepare yourself as you move into the world of features. Featuring: Giulia Caruso, Kate Tsang, Mimi Cave. Moderated by: Ania Tzebiatowska (Sundance).
Finding Your Collaborators (In Person)
Saturday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Creative collaborations are the bread and butter of filmmaking, but where do they come from? How do you find the right people to help you craft your best work, and grow those relationships into long standing connections? Hear from our panel of distinguished guests as they discuss their processes with the cast and crew. Featuring: Shaz Bennett, Valerie Steinberg, Carey Williams, and Apoorva Charan. Moderated by: Pat Saperstein (Variety).
Pitch Like a Pro: A Masterclass (In Person)
Sunday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The art of pitching takes practice! Join us for a lively conversation with distinguished industry executives on the dos and don’ts of presenting your project and what they look for in a winning idea. Submit your
pitch ahead of time for the chance to pitch directly to the panelists and receive feedback live. Featuring: Dave Fonseca (Attn), John McGrath (UTA), Bao Nguyen (Filmmaker), Yira Vilaro (Amazon). Moderated
by: Kauveh Carrera.
Meet the Programmers (In Person)
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
A Forum favorite! Join us for an open and candid conversation with festival programmers and curators as they reveal their approaches to finding films, how their selection processes work, and give insider perspectives on approaching your next festival submission. Featuring: Opal Hope Bennett (POV), Megan Leonard (Seattle IFF), Bojana Sandic (New Filmmakers LA), Sheryl Santacruz (Outfest), Mike Plante (Sundance). Moderated by: Patrick Gomez (Entertainment Weekly).