Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Gaspar Noé's List of 10 Favorite Films Makes Perfect, Terrifying Sense Gaspar Noé's List of 10 Favorite Films Makes Perfect, Terrifying Sense Jon Hamm Wants You to Know There's Hope for Don Draper After 'Mad Men' Jon Hamm Wants You to Know There's Hope for Don Draper After 'Mad Men' Women Fight Back at Cannes, From Megan Ellison to Emily Blunt Women Fight Back at Cannes, From Megan Ellison to Emily Blunt Of Time & Life: How 'Mad Men' Remade Television Of Time & Life: How 'Mad Men' Remade Television Nikki Finke Returns Nikki Finke Returns Cannes Goes Crazy for Jeremy Saulnier's Gruesome Neo-Nazis vs. Punks Horror 'Green Room' Cannes Goes Crazy for Jeremy Saulnier's Gruesome Neo-Nazis vs. Punks Horror 'Green Room' Cannes Festival Is Dominated by Two Hollywood Masters Cannes Festival Is Dominated by Two Hollywood Masters Top Ten Takeaways: Sequels Rule as Women Boost 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Also Strong Top Ten Takeaways: Sequels Rule as Women Boost 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Also Strong Cannes: Directors from Fincher to Scorsese Revisit Truffaut's Famous Interview with Hitchcock Cannes: Directors from Fincher to Scorsese Revisit Truffaut's Famous Interview with Hitchcock 'Pitch Perfect 2' Outperforms 'Mad Max: Fury Road'; 'Ultron' Is Now Top 2015 Release 'Pitch Perfect 2' Outperforms 'Mad Max: Fury Road'; 'Ultron' Is Now Top 2015 Release Kristen Stewart Re-Teams with Her 'Sils Maria' Director for Ghost Story Set in Fashion World Kristen Stewart Re-Teams with Her 'Sils Maria' Director for Ghost Story Set in Fashion World Watch: Netflix's Ted Sarandos Heckled at Cannes, Gets Weinstein on His Feet During Heated Debate (VIDEO) Watch: Netflix's Ted Sarandos Heckled at Cannes, Gets Weinstein on His Feet During Heated Debate (VIDEO) George Miller and DP John Seale Go Inside 'Mad Max: Fury Road': "It Was Like Being in a Video Game" George Miller and DP John Seale Go Inside 'Mad Max: Fury Road': "It Was Like Being in a Video Game" Natalie Portman's Passion Project 'Tale of Love and Darkness' Splits Cannes Critics Natalie Portman's Passion Project 'Tale of Love and Darkness' Splits Cannes Critics Cannes: 'Dogtooth' Director Yorgos Lanthimos Scores with Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' (Review and Roundup) Cannes: 'Dogtooth' Director Yorgos Lanthimos Scores with Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' (Review and Roundup) Weinstein Co. Offers Strong Slate at Cannes Weinstein Co. Offers Strong Slate at Cannes 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Auteur George Miller Does It His Way, No Matter How Long It Takes 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Auteur George Miller Does It His Way, No Matter How Long It Takes The Top 20 Episodes of 'Mad Men' The Top 20 Episodes of 'Mad Men' How the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Score Paid Homage to Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' How the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Score Paid Homage to Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A)

Palm Springs International Shortfest Winners and Panel Takeaways

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2014 at 12:28AM

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 $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.
0
'Carry On'
'Carry On'

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 $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories. 

Among the jury awards, "Carry On," Yatao Li’s World War II drama set in China, won the Best of the Festival award, which makes it eligible for Oscar submission. "Whisker" won Best Future Filmmaker. Frank Meli’s live-action "Dragula," Ned McNeilage's doc "Showfolk" and "Bendik & the Monster" took home audience awards. 


I participated in Part One of two well-attended Filmmaker Forums on The Business, moderated by Preferred Partners' Kevin Iwashina, along with The Exchange's Brian O'Shea, CAA's Nick Ogiony, ICM's Peter Trinh, and Jeremy Kay, of Screen International. Part Two, moderated by critic John Anderson, featured Nickelodeon's Brian Banks, Anonymous Content's Alix Madigan, TNT's David Poynter, Variety's Pat Saperstein and Participant Media's Diane Weyermann.

The takeaway from both panels was much the same: there is far more opportunity for financing and finding an audience via television and emerging digital platforms than the ever-narrower indie film market. It's flooded with aspiring short and feature filmmakers from all over the world hoping to get a foothold in the relatively large and seemingly robust American entertainment industry. But as the Hollywood studios are more focused on big-budget action tentpoles--much was made of the ascension of Gareth Edwards from "Monster" to "Godzilla," and Rian Johnson from "Brick" to the "Star Wars"--for most they are more out of reach than ever.

It's still possible to raise production funds via foreign financing, equity investors and crowd sourcing. But getting your work seen and appraised is a tall order. Self-releasing is one option. Several panelists complained about the lack of transparency with VOD numbers.

Shorts are one way to get attention with a popular hit. Gillian Robespierre's current feature "Obvious Child" grew from a short, as did Oscar-winner Shawn Christensen's "Curfew." Sure the agencies use festivals like Palm Springs to cull talent--most likely the ones who win awards and go on to Oscar nominations--but it was clear that the gulf between emerging indies and real sustaining careers in film has never been greater. 

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held January 2-12, 2015. 

See the full list of the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest award winner below:

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Palm Springs International Film Festival , Shorts, Shorts, Short Film, Oscars, Awards, Awards


E-Mail Updates






Festivals on TOH