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iW NEWS | Palm Springs Short Fest Sets ’07 Line up

iW NEWS | Palm Springs Short Fest Sets '07 Line up

Showcasing its 13th edition August 23 – 29, the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest) has unveiled its roster of 332 films from 35 countries. Included in the line up are 54 world premieres as well as 12 North American and 20 U.S. debuts. The selection is organized into 50 themed programs which cover a variety of topics including war, security issues, immigration, animation, crime, romance, sex, horror, musicals, Jewish-related issues and gay and lesbian life among others. Also this year is a special focus on films from the United Kingdom as well as Kenya. “This year’s line-up exemplifies the exciting surge of new vitality and talent emerging in the field of short filmmaking worldwide,” commented festival director Darryl Macdonald in a statement. “Both the official festival line-up and the film market are overflowing with smart, provocative and entertaining new work – a testament to the huge number of exceptional young talents flooding into the world of filmmaking.” A jury of five industry professionals will screen this year’s short films selected for competition in nine categories for a total of $14,000 in cash prizes including Best Animation, Documentary, Live Action, “Best of Festival” and the “Future Filmmaker Award.” The Panavision Grand Jury Award winner will receive a digital or film camera package valued at $60,000 and two days studio time courtesy of Casablanca Studios. An additional $7,500 in Kodak film stock will be presented to the film winners in the student award categories. Foir more information including the full line up, visit the festival’s website. [Brian Brooks]

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