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Palm Springs short-films fest unveils slate

Late Lemmon, Hudson among thesps featured

The seventh annual Palm Springs Intl. Festival of Short Films has announced a roster of roughly 280 films, culled from more than 1,200 entries worldwide. Selection includes 44 U.S. and 75 world premieres. Event runs Aug. 7-13.

Among the actors who will be featured in selections are the late Jack Lemmon in the biographic film “The Living Century: Three Miracles,” Kate Hudson in the Hollywood satire “The Cutting Room,” Kenneth Branagh in the thriller “Schneider’s 2nd Stage,” Sally Kirkland in “The Audit” and Pat Morita narrating the baseball bio “Diamonds in the Rough.”

Television stars include “7th Heaven’s” Beverly Mitchell in “Mean People Suck,” which also stars Dominique Swain, and “Seinfeld’s” Jason Alexander and “Cheers” alumnus George Wendt in “Odessa or Bust.”

Other stars include John C. Reilly in “Frank’s Book,” Michelle Yeoh in “Grit & Polish” and Minnie Driver and Mimi Rogers in “The Upgrade.”

This year’s opening night screening will be highlighted by seven award-winning live-action and animated entries from Italy, France, Canada, England and the United States, including the 2001 Cannes Palm d’Or winner for best short film, “Beancake.”

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