By Heidi Simmons

Perhaps the best part of being in the CV during summer is the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. It provides the perfect summer activity: A cool theater with even cooler events and entertainment.

Over 54 countries and 328 films will showcase at the Camelot Theater beginning Tuesday, June 21 thru Monday, June 27

This festival offers attendees an up-close experience with filmmakers from around the world. Screenings, parties, forums, roundtables and a film market, make the PSISFF one of the best in the world for emerging talent, industry professionals and film-buffs.

This is the 22nd year for the ShortFest and the PSISFF is an award-qualifying festival for AMPAS, BAFTA and BIFA. The concurrent Short Film Market has more than 4100 short films available to view in the library and is the only Short Film Market in North America.

There is plenty see and lots of great things to do during the week of the ShortFest. Here are some of the events to consider as the week unfolds.

Opening Night and Closing Night Awards are a wonderful way to be immersed in the creative culture of short filmmaking. These events are the best and most fun! Unlike its sister festival in January, these two nights are far more casual, relaxed and easy-going.

Keeping with tradition, Opening Night will feature a variety of favorite short submissions at the Camelot Theatre beginning at 6pm, followed by a reception at the popular LuLu California Bistro. The selection of six films spotlights the most talented of emerging international directors. This is sure to be a blast.

It is amazing how the week of film bliss goes by so quickly. The Closing Night Awards highlight and honor winning films and filmmakers. The winners are selected by ShortFest judges, industry professionals and as audience favorites. This year, the Closing Night Wrap Party will be held at the Hyatt Palm Springs.

Now in its sixth year, the ShortFest Online is a treasury of carefully curated short films that includes live-action, documentary and animation.

If you want to just chill at home and participate in the fest, be sure to check out the online ShortFest. These eight films are a delight to watch and are available free to anyone who has access to the Internet. It is easy to view these films. Simply go to 2016 ShortFest Online and scroll through the slides at the top of the page and click “Watch The Film” button. From there you are good to go.

And, be sure to mark your favorite! A ShortFest Online Film Festival Award will be announced at the Closing Night Awards Show so enjoy these gems and cast your vote before Saturday, June 25th at 6:00.

Interested in a “Virtual Reality Experience?” In partnership with the University of California, Riverside, the ShortFest is hosting a free event at the Renaissance Hotel Thursday, June 23. Doors open to the Virtual Reality Lounge at 10am. Until 5pm, guests can experience VR in its many forms.

This is a great opportunity to get a good look at what is coming next in visual entertainment, and virtual reality’s impact on our changing world. This event will feature three incredible VR experiences and speakers all day long.

The technology focused forums promise to immerse participants in a thrilling experience. So be sure to get there early for a taste of the immense potential Virtual Reality has in overcoming economic, physical, social and geographical boundaries.

Thursday’s VR forums and Tech Talks will require tickets. Keynote speaker Peter Samuelson (President of ASPIRE, the Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Education) will talk about VR cinema, technology and social justice in the morning. Throughout Thursday, different panel discussions will address VR as it applies to web streaming platforms and video gaming.

These Tech Talks explore innovations in film, games, technology and more. Each talk requires a ticket priced at $13. Tickets are available at the Camelot Theatre box office or psfilmfest.org. Check the website for more details and the panel of participating experts.

Partying and parties are one of the best times and ways to get know filmmakers at the ShortFest. Some of the parties require tickets, while others will pop-up during the week so keep an ear to the ground. Here is what is scheduled. Keep up with the creative talent because as the ShortFest gets going so do the parties.

Wednesday night, June 22 starting at 9pm kicks off the fun with a “Bowie Tribute Party” at the cool new Arrive Hotel. Hangout by the pool, where a DJ will celebrate the late great David Bowie.

Gay!La may be one of the all time favorite dance parties. Held at Toucan’s Tiki Lounge Thursday June 23, this party celebrates diversity in life and in cinema. The boogie night begins at 9:30pm.

ShortFest Formal is Friday, June 24 at 9:30 but in spite of its name this is a casual fun-filled night that celebrates like prom though dress is desert casual.

Every year, the French throw a soirée. This year’s C’est Si Bon! Party is Saturday night, June 25 beginning at 9:30pm at the Snapshot Studios in Palm Springs.

How nice to “Immerse Your Imagination” this week in short films. The ShortFest and its sister festival in January are conducted by the amazing Palm Springs International Film Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness.

The Film Society believes film as an art form has the power to bridge cultures and illuminate the universality of the human experience. As an organization, it strives for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge and tolerance prevail.

The Palm Springs International Film Society’s members, volunteers and dedicated staff make the ShortFest a celebration of filmmaking while providing a timely educational experience for the emerging talent.

Filmmaker Roundtables are a major component in making the ShortFest a favorite among filmmakers. These informative discussions are designed for participating filmmakers to get professional insight into cinematic techniques, funding and technology.

Thursday, June 23, at the Renaissance Hotel Filmmakers Lounge, filmmakers have the chance to experience the “Future of Drones” which will highlight the incredible versatility of using drone technology in filmmaking both indoors and out.

Whether it’s dealing with the press, pitching an idea or choosing music, ShortFest filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in ten informative events over two days to learn more about the business, art and craft of making movies.

With all the fun and educational things to do throughout the week, the best part is the incredible array of short films. With over 50 Film Programs there is something for everybody in the family — animals, animation, action, adventure, thrills, chills and more.

Experienced programmers work hard to put together these incredible screenings of short films. Each program has five to eight short films in a screening that runs an average of 90 minutes.

From “The Things We Do For Love” that includes six films about the lengths people will go for love (Friday, June 24, 2:pm), to seven short films set in different parts of the world in the program “Sundrenched,” (Saturday, June 25, 1:30). If you need help zeroing in a film or program, go to the website where you can browse the films by genre, country and or director

This week is suppose to have record breaking temperatures, so get your tickets and enjoy the cool world of the ShortFest.

For more information and tickets go to the newly revamped, well-organized and easy to use colorful website: www.psfilmfest.org


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TUESDAY, JUNE 21

OPENING NIGHT 

6:30 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 86 MINUTES     

Major award winners from the world’s top film festivals make up this delightful package of films—designed to spotlight the most talented emerging international directors.

Mdudu Boy

Pickle

Spoetnik

Sunday Lunch (Le repas dominical)

Talgar The Hunter

Thunder Road

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

THE LIFE CYCLE

10:30 AM – CAMELOT 2 – 90 MINUTES  

Birth, youth, adulthood, the end, it’s all here in this memorable selection of films about the journey of life from all around the world.

El Tiempo Pasa

Eisenherz

In Deep Waters (Dans les eaux profondes)

Mast Qalandar

Phil’s Camino

 

ANIMAL NATURE

11:00 AM – CAMELOT 1 – 87 MINUTES  

A bear on the rampage, a highly evolved iguana, and a peeping tom cat feature in an eclectic lineup that blurs the boundaries between man and beast, and explores our complex relationships with the animal kingdom.

Berlin Metanoia

The Hen

I

The Noise of Licking (A nyalintás nesze)

Pickle

Urban Cowboys

 

OUTSIDERS & UNDERDOGS

11:30 AM – CAMELOT 3 – 100 MINUTES

You’ll be rooting for this collection of films about extraordinary outcasts.
Blown Air (Aire Quemado)

Life at a Snail’s Pace

Light of Day (Luz de Día)

Ninnoc

Vow (Neder)

 

CROSSROADS

1:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 103 MINUTES

The youths in this program stand at a juncture, confronted with lives ahead that will be anything but easy in a world that has forced them to fend for themselves.
Babor Casanova

Frankenstein’s Bride (La novia de Frankenstein)

Ithaca (Ítaca)

Monaco

Never Steady, Never Still

The Send-Off

 

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER

2:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 87 MINUTES     

In motherhood, nothing is as absolute as the love you feel for your child.  Whether they are near or far, easy or difficult, real or plastic, the job title comes with incredible challenges.  ShortFest is proud to present this collection of shout outs to some pretty special moms.
Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung

Cold Kisses (Besos fríos)

Dollhouse

Minh Tâm

Napoleon In Exile

 

IM/MIGRATION

2:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 87 MINUTES

Exceptional and poignant films for a world defined by the movement of people, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes through desperation, across borders.

Bon Voyage

High Chaparral

Home
Irregulars

Sueños verticales

Swimming Lessons (Svømmetimen)

We All Love the Seashore (Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer)

 

BOYS AND MEN

4:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 104 MINUTES   

Crises of masculinity abound in this selection of films, in which gender roles are questioned, relationships are tested and sexuality is cast into sharp relief.

Bird Hearts (Fuglehjerter)

The Manliest Man

Peacock

Pronouns

Toast

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES

5:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 87 MINUTES

Film festivals offer a firsthand insight into what is happening around our planet – without having to get on a plane. Featuring stories from Kyrgyzstan, India, Mexico, Indonesia and Canada.

The Lagoon (La Laguna)

Mobilize

Playgrounds

Seide

Water from the Moon (Air Dari Bulan)

 

THE CHOICES THAT DEFINE US

5:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 97 MINUTES

Abandon all themes, ye who enter here! The Short Collages offer a varied selection of films that have no use for a common motif – what they share is quality filmmaking and a need to be seen!

Benjamin

Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Enemies Within (Ennemis intérieurs)

With Love (Con Amor)

 

THE ’90s – SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

7:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 93 MINUTES     

Do you remember 4 Non Blondes, dial-up internet, slap bracelets, cassette tapes and the “Rachel”? Did you scrawl the lyrics to your favorite grunge songs in your journal with a gel pen? Join us on a trip down 90’s memory lane!

1992

The Board

Deer Flower

Lamps Lit on the Towpath

Shan and Kate

The Van

 

FORBIDDEN FRUIT

8:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 100 MINUTES

Diving into taboo territory, this collection of films explores desire, sensuality and the complex and contradictory feelings that emerge from them. Warnigng: many films in this program are sexually explicit.

The Carpenter

The Copyist

Green Romances (Les Amours Vertes)

Lick us, Meow, Meow! (Léchez-nous, Miaou, Miaou!)

Mushkie

Rate Me

 

WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW

8:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 88 MINUTES     

Sometimes comedic, some heartbreaking, the protagonists of these shorts find themselves in bad situations with nowhere to run.
219

dark_net

Living Legend

A Short Guide To Re-Entry

Telepata (Cho-Neung-Ryuk-Ja)

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

POWER & SOLITUDE

10:30 AM – CAMELOT 2 – 91 MINUTES

Loneliness and death are the connecting thread that weave through these disparate and moving films, at times challenging the balance of power and at others evoking compassion in the characters either on screen or before it.

Another City

Juan’s Sundown (El ocaso de Juan)

Limbo

Severed (Le dernier raccourci)

 

MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY

11:00 AM – CAMELOT 1 – 93 MINUTES  

And just like that, your life will never be the same.  This line-up celebrates the chance encounter, the blind date, the unexpected romance, the online connection, and all the thrills of meeting someone special for the first time.

All Cats Are Pink in the Dark (La nuit, tous les chats sont roses)

Apolo81

Dark Water

How to Survive a Breakup

Love, Love

 

THE REST OF US               

11:30 AM – CAMELOT 3 – 82 MINUTES

Though fractured and divided, the subjects of these films journey to be made whole no matter what the cost.

Afuera

Breathe

The Cobbler (Mochi)

I, Destini

Under the Sun (Ri Guang Zhi Xia)

 

EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER

1:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 91 MINUTES     

Love, loss, anxiety, longing… life is rich with emotions. Join us on for a moving ride through the mind’s extremes.

How Was Your Day?

I’m Sorry To Tell You

Join the Club

Opt Out

Panic Attack!

Shepherd

Summer of Sarah (Belle gueule)

Tenderness (Czułość)

 

ELEMENTS OF NATURE 

2:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 84 MINUTES

Unique films about people encountering and being changed by the natural world.

The Art of Flying

Mining Poems or Odes

Night Without Distance (Noite sem distância)

People of the Delta

Tisure

 

FAR FROM HOME

2:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 82 MINUTES     

Unforgettable stories of people far away from where they come from but still finding something called home. 

American Baghdad

My Aleppo

Sea Breeze

Ummi

 

YOUTH & ENERGY

4:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 93 MINUTES                     

A fast-paced group of films with young protagonists from New Zealand to Norway trying to make sense of the world and their peers, urban acrobats exploding with energy in Austria, and Indian kite flyers leaping across rooftops. Perfect for teenagers, or anyone who ever was one.

Camping with Ada (Campingliv)

Famous In Ahmedabad (Amdavad Ma Famous)

The Geneva Convention (La Convention de Genève)

Mr. Bernstein

Zero-G (Schwerelos)

 

PARABLES, FANTASIES & FABLES

5:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 93 MINUTES                     

Films about the stories and fantasies that define our lives and always mean more than they seem.

237 YEARS

I Was a Winner (Jag var en vinnare)

Jukai

The Last Jaguar (El Último Jaguar)

[Out of Fra]me

The Sea is Blue

Talgar the Hunter

 

RADICALS & REACTIONARIES     

5:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 94 MINUTES     

Bold stories about people who refuse to go along with the status quo and who stand up for the things they believe in.

Batrachian’s Ballad (Balada de um Batráquio)

Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton

The Culprit

Leeches

The Provider

 

GIRLS ON TOP

7:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 92 MINUTES                     

This Gay!La collection of shorts from the lesbian persuasion offers up thigh-slapping laughs, ugly-cry tears, and of course some beautiful ladies.  Journey with us through awkward dates, forbidden trysts, crushing grief, and maybe a little costume play.

The Cricket and the Ant (La Cigale et la Fourmi)

Happy

Heads or Tails

Pool (Piscina)

Spunkle

Vamonos

 

MALE GA(Y)ZE 

8:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 102 MINUTES   

This Gay!La presentation explores the many definitions, struggles and pleasures of what it means to be a gay man. From stories of friendship to companionship, acceptance to guilt, discovery to saying good-bye, and even a little country music, this cross-section serves as a reminder that a rainbow is not a flag but a diverse spectrum.

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story

Buddy

Crazy House

Filip

Reluctantly Queer

The Society

These C*cksucking Tears

Zebra

 

A WORLD IMAGINED    

8:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 86 MINUTES     

From science fiction to the fantastic, this eclectic mix of inventive films boasts arresting visions of imagined worlds, from dancing dolls to floating gloves to giant worms.

Ernie

Glove

Ossa

Rated

They Will All Die In Space

Uncanny Valley

What A Beautiful World This Will Be

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

BEST OF ST KILDA

10:30 AM – CAMELOT 2 – 71 MINUTES

The St Kilda Film Festival showcases some of the top films by emerging Aussie filmmakers specially selected by St Kilda Film Festival programmers. Enjoy!

The Autumn

Compers

Goodnight Sweetheart

Hope City

Making Maude

Overtime

Perry

The Spa

 

ODD COUPLES  

11:00 AM – CAMELOT 1 – 86 MINUTES

Sometimes the best stories come in the strangest packages. This program showcases the beauty that can result from unexpected couplings.
Beneath the Spaceship (Under Rymdskeppet)

The Carer

Desk

Freakwave

The Monster

Parners

 

SALT IN THE AIR

11:30 AM – CAMELOT 3 – 84 MINUTES  

From sandy beaches to the deep blue sea, these waterlogged tales follow those who live their lives by the sea, exposed to the elements and dreaming of distant shores.

Geist

Islander’s Rest

Northbound (Mot nord)

Papé

Sea Child

Victor XX

 

FEMALE GAZE   

1:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 102 MINUTES

Whether by directed by women, featuring female leads, or a topic more focused on the female perspective, these stories skew distinctly feminine.

Dots

Gabber Lover

One Last Night (Laila Acharon)

Problem Play

Rod Zegwi Dan Pikan

Superbia

 

THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE

2:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 94 MINUTES

There are few things we wouldn’t do for the ones we love. This collection of films shows the lengths some of us are willing to go to for love—from the sweet and silly to the dark and troubling.

Before Midnight Cowboy

Breaking up with Jenny

Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness (Pieniä kömpelöitä hellyydenosoituksia)

Oh My Father

o negative

The Threshold (Daaravtha)

 

SIBLING STORIES             

2:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 82 MINUTES

With life’s myriad challenges, the bond that exists between siblings can at time comfort in ways no others can… or exacerbate the conflict even further.

The Bathtub (Die Badewanne)

December 17

Noni & Elizabeth (Noni och Elizabeth)

Varicella

Without You (Sensiz)

 

AWKWARD…!  

4:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 108 MINUTES

In love, loss, and family, putting yourself out there can leave you open for that awkward moment. Laugh and squirm along with our protagonists in this program packed with misunderstandings, the best fake orgasm since When Harry Met Sally, and cats…lots of cats.

Discontinuity

Her Friend Adam

Isla Traena

Small Talk

Sorry

Thunder Road

 

AMERICA THE WEIRD    

5:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 82 MINUTES

White picket fences, soccer moms, college cheerleaders … delusion, depravity, decay. The darker, weirder side of the illusion of apple pie Americana is explored in these shorts. David Lynch fans, get in line!

The Dean Scream

The First Men

Greener Grass

Pigskin

Twinsburg

Wally’s Will

 

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE             

5:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 98 MINUTES

As far as we’ve come, violence and its ensuing tragedies remain commonplace all over the world. And as always, there is much to learn from it.

Animated daily

Dirt

Eden (El Edén)

Empire

Isabella Morra

Speaking Is Difficult

Tattoo You

Wild Animals

 

THRILLS AND CHILLS      

7:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 83 MINUTES

Thrill seekers, rejoice! This collection of genre films will have you gripping your armrests in suspense. Forget the gym, this is how you get the heart racing.

The Babysitter Murders

Montag (Mong-ta-ju)

Neonatal

Night of the Slasher

No Evil

 

FILM NOIR         

8:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 90 MINUTES

Whether it’s a femme fatale on the rampage, a burglary with a twist or a car hijacking, these six films take their cues from the visually iconic, morally ambiguous language of film noir.
A Coat Made Dark

In Pursuit

Ramona

The Swelling

Where have the Flowers Gone?

A Wolf’s Mind (L’Esprit du Loup)

 

FREAKS & GEEKS             

8:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 89 MINUTES

Whether you’ve ever felt like an outcast or not, you’ll be cheering on these films about outsiders and lovable losers. Eccentrics, weirdos, nerds and dweebs, we celebrate you!

Arts + Crafts Spectacular #3

The Burden of Memory (Die Last der Erinnerung)

The Dogcatcher (Hycel)

Duellum

Pink Velvet Valley

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

 

WHAT. THE. F**K.

11:00 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 84 MINUTES

Warning: this program is deliciously weird and risqué. Like “I can’t believe I just saw this” weird or “I might need to sit alone for a bit” weird. Also, if you don’t want to make eye contact with people afterward, we won’t blame you. Needless to say, some may be offended by some of the content.

Disco Inferno

Don’t Tell Mom (Okasan Ni Naisho)

The Egg

The Frozen Eye (L’Oeil Silencieux)

Gwilliam

The Procedure

Stick To Your Gun

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

SHORTIES RULE!              

10:30 AM– CAMELOT 2 – 91 MINUTES

This family-friendly program features animated and live-action stories of children from all across our world and into the realm of the imagination, from a Moroccan rooftop to a high school cafeteria to the other side of the looking glass. Aimed at children 10 and up. Some films are subtitled.

Alike

Aya Goes to the Beach (Aya wal bahr)

Bittersweet

Catch It

Daisy Chain

Mdudu Boy

Moom

Taking Flight

Violet

 

SECRETS & LIES

11:00 AM – CAMELOT 1 – 92 MINUTES

Misinterpretations, deliberate distortions, and shocking revelations—these films pull back the curtain on the things we keep hidden from ourselves and from each other. To say anything more would be giving away the secret…

Dunroamin

Killer

The Mulberry Bush

Thanks for Dancing (Takk for turen)

The Translator (Çevirmen)

 

ALL YOU CAN EAT           

11:30 AM – CAMELOT 3 – 92 MINUTES

Food, glorious food! We need it to survive but whether it’s a pleasure, an art or a taboo (or all three!) depends largely on your mindset. Here ShortFest offers you a varied tasting menu of outrageous, thoughtful, humorous, and transgressive films about nourishment of many kinds.

Bacon & God’s Wrath

Cherry Cake                       

The Chop                            

Meat the Vegans

Noodle Deli (Jia Xiang Xiao Guan)

The Scent of Fish Sauce

Spoetnik

 

SUNDRENCHED

1:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 87 MINUTES

A collection of sizzling shorts perfect to beat the heat on any June Palm Springs day. From a springtime celebration in India to taking in some fireworks on the Fourth of July, these films will leave you reaching for water.

Dolfun

The Girl From the Bunker (La fille du bunker)

Grand Finale

Holika

Plaster (Gips)

Swimming In Your Skin Again

Ten Meter Tower (Hopptornet)

 

G’DAY!

2:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 88 MINUTES

Australia has long had a great track record as fertile ground for new talent. This selection runs the gamut from coming-ofage stories through psychological thrillers to black comedies—all the way from the Land Down Under.

The Audition

Kill Your Dinner

Lorne

My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling

Perry

The Spa

The Trophy Thief

We’re Here Now

 

THE VALLEY BETWEEN US           

2:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 99 MINUTES

Abandon all themes, ye who enter here! The Shorts Collages offer a varied selection of films that have no use for a common motif – what they share is quality filmmaking and a need to be seen!

Bridge

Business
The Enemy (El Enemigo)

A Most Peculiar Man

Overpass (Viaduc)

 

DEPARTURES    

4:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 92 MINUTES

Moving on is difficult, and the protagonists of these shorts find themselves at the end of their respective paths, preparing for the unseen futures that await them.

Boy

Cristina

Fata Morgana

Night Painting (Éjszakai Festés)

 

PROGRAMMERS’ PICKS

5:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 95 MINUTES     

The programmer’s plight to pick and place with precision produces pressure for a profound payoff, but perhaps patterns are poppycock. In other words, folks, these are films the staff loved but couldn’t find a place for.  Enjoy.

Boniek and Platini (Boniek i Platini)

Law of Lamb

Ears, Nose and Throat

Moriom

The Party

Supporting Film

 

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…              

5:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 95 MINUTES

In the spirit of its Monty-Python-inspired name, this program offers a little bit of everything and nothing is out of bounds. Stop motion animation, amateur taxidermy, a nude nature frolic, and a surprising amount of zaftig women, entrails and classical music. Not for the squeamish, often funny and always strange, it’s a celebration of the good-natured weirdness that the short form allows.

The Black Bear

The Bloop

Forgotten Reason

Jack in the Box

La Voce

Madam Black

Mr Madila

 

C’EST SI BON     

7:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 100 MINUTES

Many different faces with one common language. Four stories of identity, agency, and the fluid definitions of family and nationality.

French (Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux)

The Guy From Work (Le gars d’la shop)

Ineffaceable (Ineffaçable)

Mother(s) (Maman(s))

Opération Commando

 

STAR POWER    

8:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 89 MINUTES

A-list talent is featured in this group of shorts.

Black Swell

Lightningface

Mildred and The Dying Parlor

Photo Op

Shame

A Walk In Winter

 

HEAVEN AND HELL

8:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 80 MINUTES     

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare
A collection of dark and twisted films so devilishly good, you’ll want to make sure you checked under the seat.

Bloody Mary

Catch a Monster (Coger un Monstruo)

Coil

Market St.

Nasty

Pandora

Swallowed

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

PUBLIC SPACES, PRIVATE LIVES

10:30 AM – CAMELOT 2 – 82 MINUTES  

The city looms large in these stories, where the inhabitants must navigate an urban landscape that acts as a protagonist in its own right.

The Above

Balcony

Goodbye

Remember

Woman Outside

 

A FAMILY AFFAIR

11:00 AM – CAMELOT 1 – 90 MINUTES  

They can be our best friends or our worst enemies, but our families are inescapable. This selection of shorts delves in to a range of family dynamics, from the sweet to the sour.

Family Dancing (Bal de famille)

Mother Knows Best (Mamma vet bäst)

Toys

Travelling (Kroki)

Zoya

 

MIND OVER MATTER     

11:30 AM – CAMELOT 3 – 94 MINUTES

Let go of logic and take a free fall into madness with this set of psychological and experimental shorts featuring found-footage hypnosis, mental breaks both live-action and animated, and a striptease in purgatory.

Economic Forecasters (Talousennustajat)           

Francine

My First Analyst (Première séance)

Pombo Loves You

What Happens In Your Brain If You See a German Word Like…?

When You Awake

Willa

 

TALK OF THE TOWN       

1:30 PM – CAMELOT 2 – 89 MINUTES

Word gets around fast in these stories about small communities, where it’s hard to avoid your neighbors and everyone knows your name.

The Good Life (Het Goeie Leven)

I Am Yup’ik

The Return of Erkin

Underclothes (Roupa de Baixo)

 

LAUGH & HIDE

2:00 PM – CAMELOT 1 – 82 MINUTES

Comedies, action and a touch of the macabre come together in this raucous and offbeat collection.

Bingo!

How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps

The Job

Last Call Lenny

Macabre

Pregnant (Zwanger)

Roast Battle

Walk It Out

 

ON THE ROAD  

2:30 PM – CAMELOT 3 – 95 MINUTES     

Stories that take us places, what we experience in transit opens up new perspectives and can lead to unexpected destinations.

The Bus Trip (Bussresan)

Canary

Cart (Garry)

Chandra

Le Barrage

Millions of tears (Des millions de larmes)

Velodrool

 

CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS SCREENING & PARTY               

6:30 PM – CAMELOT 1

This year’s audience and jury award-winners get the royal treatment, featuring award presentations and repeat screenings of the 2016 Festival’s most crowd pleasing films at the Camelot Theatres, followed immediately by a fabulous wrap party.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 27

BEST OF THE FEST DAY

The best of the best from ShortFest 2016 as chosen by our Juries and you, the audience! Be among the crowd to enjoy a selection of award-winning and audience favorites presented at the Camelot Theatres.

10:00 AM, BEST OF FEST: PROGRAM 1

12:00 PM, BEST OF FEST: PROGRAM 2

2:00 PM, BEST OF FEST: PROGRAM 3

4:00 PM, BEST OF FEST: PROGRAM 4

6:00 PM, BEST OF FEST: PROGRAM 5

8:00 PM, BEST OF FEST: PROGRAM 6

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

ONLINE

psfilmfest.org

BY PHONE

760-778-8979

IN PERSON

Camelot Theatres

2300 E. Baristo Road

BOX OFFICE HOURS

6/14-6/20: 10 AM to 5 PM

6/21: 10 AM to 7 PM

6/22-6/27: one hour before first show until half an hour after last show

SHORTFEST ONLINE

ShortFest goes digital for the sixth annual edition of ShortFest Online, a special selection of 8 great short films in different genres and formats including live action, documentary and animated films. Each film in the package is eligible to win the ShortFest Online Film Festival Award, to be announced at the Closing Night Awards Show, June 26, at the Camelot Theatres.

VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM – psfilmfest.org/2016-shortfest

 

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