Jennifer Aniston's directorial effort Room 10 is among the expected highlights at the the 13th Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest), which runs from Aug 23-29.

All in all the festival will showcase 332 films, including 54 world premieres, 12 North American premieres and 20 US premieres.

The line-up includes new work with James Gandolfini, Louis Gossett Jr and Joe Mantegna in Club Soda (US), Patrick Stewart and Joanna Lumley in The Audition (UK), Hugo Weaving narrating The Girl Who Swallowed Bees (Australia), Richard E Grant in Always Crashing In The Same Car (UK), and John Hannah in Stone (UK).

Bryce Dallas Howard makes her directorial debut in Orchids (US) starring Alfred Molina and Katherine Waterson.

A jury of five industry professionals will screen this year's short films selected for competition in nine categories for a total of $14,000 in cash prizes including Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Live Action, Best of Festival and the Future Filmmaker Award.

The Panavision Grand Jury Award winner will receive a digital or film camera package valued at $60,000 and two days of studio time courtesy of Casablanca Studios. An additional $7,500 in Kodak film stock will be presented to the film winners in the student award categories.

The Festival will continue to present two special prizes. The Alexis Award named after the late promising film-maker Alexis Echavarria will recognise emerging student film-makers, while the Hard C Hi Five To Lo Fi Award for Best Low Budget Short will be presented by director Jason Reitman's production company Hard C Productions.

The roster of events includes seminars and panel discussions. For more details visit