Palm Springs Fest sprouts dot-com offers
NEW YORK — ReelFilm.com has picked up the short “Passenger” and BigFilmShorts.com has picked up Louis Taylor’s “Esther Baby and Me,” Daniel Oron’s “Roy” and “XXXposed” by Andrea Mann at the sixth annual Palm Springs Intl. Festival of Short Films.” ‘Esther Baby’ is totally unique in the world of shorts,” BigFilmShorts.com co-director David Russell told Daily Variety. “It’s about the interracial relationship of a white pregnant wife and what the father is going through during the pregnancy. I’m always looking for films that have truth and an entertaining appeal, so then my job is make everyone else see what I see.” The Palm Springs event was held Aug. 1-7. ‘Networking “With the rise of the dot-com world for short filmmakers, festivals like the Palm Springs fest are more important than they were before in order to establish relationships with filmmakers and tell them what the Internet can offer them,” said Ifilm’s Jon Fitzgerald. Screening more than 250 short films including 50 world preems and 40 U.S. preems, fest opened with five award-winning shorts, including Oscar winner “The Old Man in the Sea.” Joseph Vilsmaier’s feature “Marlene” closed the fest to usher in the approaching Palm Springs Feature Film Festival, to be held in January. Fest also presented numerous prizes, as Sabrina Dhawan’s “As Night Falls” took best short film. Guy Lampron’s “Sentinelles,” Michael Horowitz and Gareth Smith’s “This Guy Is Falling,” Isabelle Vossart’s “Trivial Killer” and Phil Bertelsen’s “The Sunshine” were also honored.