Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films Reveals 2004 Roster
by Adam Burnett
The 2004 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films has announced its line-up of 308 films selected from 2,000 worldwide submissions, making it the largest festival of its kind in North America, according to organizers. Held from August 31 - September 6 at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, CA, the films have been structured into 100-minute long programs of similar themes and subject matter. A program covering "International Award Winners" will open the festival.
"The short film is still the entertainment format for the future of filmmakers around the world," said director of short film programming Helen du Toit in a statement. "Short filmmakers have fewer commercial motives, so it is easier for them to express and say what they want to say in their films without having to be filtered or censored."
43 different themed programs will be screened covering varied topics including gay and lesbian lifestyles, celebrity, criminal fiction, travel, family-friendly, political, romance, and dark humor. An AFI showcase will highlight the best shorts coming from students of the American Film Institute.
"Famous Directors: Take One" will cover the early films of David Lynch, Jane Campion, Spike Jonze, Francois Truffaut, Martin Scorsese, Luis Bunuel, and Tim Burton. The "Star Power" program will include appearances by Kathy Bates in "The Ingrate," Allison Janney in "Chicken Party," Julie Delpy in "Notting Hill Anxiety Festival," and Darryl Hannah & Jeff Goldblum in Illeana Douglas' short "Supermarket." "Star Power" will also include short films directed by celebrities including Andrew McCarthy's "News for the Church," Hank Azaria's "Nobody's Perfect" and Vincent Spano's "Betrunner."
The opening night "International Award Winners" program will include Cannes Jury Grand Prize "Flatlife," Berlin Film Festival Audience Award-winner "Passing Hearts," Cannes Best Short Film "The Man Without a Shadow," and Youth Jury Prize at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival "7:35 in the Morning."
Five industry professionals will judge this year's films in nine categories including Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Live Action, Best of Festival and a Future Filmmaker Award. First place winners will immediately become eligible for an Academy Award nomination. A total of $14,000 in prizes, $6,000 in Kodak film stock, $2,500 worth of studio time in Casablancas Studios and $4,000 in filmmaking software programs will be awarded during the festival.
[ For more information, please visit the festival website: http://www.psfilmfest.org. ]