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Palm Springs ShortFest Announces Lineup of Forums for 2014 Festival

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 17, 2014 at 1:49PM

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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Palm Springs ShortFest

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.)

But, of course, there's more than just shorts to look forward to in Palm Springs, and ShortFest has just announced its lineup of forums and panels for this year's festival.  Two master classes are planned, one with Fandor CEO Ted Hope and another with director Allison Anders and her daughter Tiffany to discuss the use of music in film.

In addition, ShortFest has panels planned on everything from reality television to casting to publicity to festival programming.  And on the last evening of the festival, ShortFest will have its Industry Roundtables, which it describes as a "unique blind-dating formula which pairs industry professionals with festival filmmakers."  Participants from this year include representatives of Dreamworks SKG, AMPAS, KQED, SXSW and BMI.

You can see the full list of forums and panels here, on ShortFest's website.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.