The Palm Springs Intl. Short Film Festival runs Aug. 6-10, kicking off with a gala screening at the Annen-berg Theatre and a post-screening party with live music at Taqueria. Tix are available beginning Aug. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center Box Office or Ticketmaster. Tix: opening night $20, regular $5-$8. Info: (760) 778-8979, (800) 898-7256.
* * *Phillip K. Hammond has joined Alpine Pictures as CFO. He comes to the film and TV production outfit after stints with the Carnation Co. and the National Center for Deafness.
* * *Producer Gary Scurka has joined “Inside Edition,” working out of the newsmag’s New York offices. Before joining the King World-produced syndie, Scurka was with Enterprise Telefilms.