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    Palm Springs International Shortfest Winners and Panel Takeaways

    A record 500 filmmakers from 37 countries attended the 20th annual Palm Springs International Shortfest (June 17-23). The largest short film festival and only short film market in North America screened 330 short films out of 3000 submissions. The Fest awarded more than $115,000 in prizes, including...

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    Palm Springs ShortFest Announces Lineup of Forums for 2014 Festival

    The Palm Springs International ShortFest's main draw, naturally, is its role as an Oscar launching pad: the first-place winners of each of its four competitions qualify to compete for the Academy Award. (You can see our report on this year's shorts lineup here.)

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    300+ Films to Vie for 4 Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest

    The Palm Springs International Shortfest is a big deal: one of only 70 or so Oscar-qualifying festivals for shorts, it qualifies the first-place winners of its four competitions to compete for the Academy Award; only the sprawling Los Angeles Film Festival qualifies more for Oscar contention.

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    Review: Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' a Riveting Reconstruction of Paradise Gone to Hell

    Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that Hell is other people. Several of the ill-fated subjects at the center of Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s riveting historical mystery documentary “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” would have probably agreed with him.

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    Review: Oscar Nominated 'Omar' a Taut Thriller about Paranoia's Occupation of the Soul

    Hany Abu-Assad’s smart thriller “Omar,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is like a modern-day “Romeo & Juliet” tale, if Romeo were a double agent in the middle of the West Bank.

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    Why the Palm Springs Film Festival Has Secret Oscar Powers

    Each year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival showcases a large portion of the foreign-language Oscar submissions from all over the world.

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    CINE-LIST: Five International Cinema Highlights from the Palm Springs Film Festival

    Palm Springs International Film Festival excels in its foreign cinema selection, offering up the must-see buzzy titles, but also the lesser-known, equally worthy entries. By this point everyone knows that, say, Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" or Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" can't be missed. But what a...

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    Palm Springs International Film Fest to Honor Lupita Nyong'o and Composer Thomas Newman

    The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her turn as young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave,” and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at its annual Awards...

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    Festival Circus: Are Film Festivals Too Focused On Oscar Season?

    It might be the effect of attending too many film festivals, but one way of looking at the October-December glut of Oscar contenders is as the "Awards Festival."

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