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300 shorts to unspool in desert

Palm Springs fest includes kudos, free screenings

Nearly 300 films will unspool at the eighth annual Palm Springs Intl. Festival of Short Films Aug. 6-12 at the Camelot Theaters.

Festival features shorts, live-action pics, documentaries and animation entries. Event kicks off with a presentation of award-winning films followed by a reception at Las Casuelas Terraza. Film screenings, organized into 90-minute programs, begin Aug. 7.

New shorts packages will unspool every two hours from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

On Aug. 11 fest will award 18 prizes in 10 categories including animation, live action (both over and under 15 minutes) and docus, as well as best of fest and future filmmaker’s awards. The former three categories also recognize the work of student filmmakers. Ceremony will be held at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram.

A panel of judges will select first and second place winners in each category. Along with a cash award of $2,000, first place winners are automatically eligible for Oscar consideration by AMPAS.

Event culminates with a screening of the award-winning films and audience favorites.

Each year the festival features more than 275 films from 30 countries. Fourteen films from past festivals have been nominated for Academy Awards and five have received awards in the animation and live-action shorts categories.

Last summer’s presentations “Stubble Trouble” and “Artists & Orphans: A True Drama” were Oscar nominees this year.

Tickets may be ordered from festival headquarters at (760) 322-2930.

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