More than 300 new shortfilms will screen from 30 countries. High-profile guests to the 12th festival at
International selectionsinclude Balint Kenyeres' Before Dawn, Jens Johnson's Linerboard, Jean-Gabriel Periot's EvenIf She Had Been A Criminal and Jannicke Systad Jacobsen andKarin Beate Nosterud's The Clown Children.
Aside from screenings, otherevents will include talks by Kapadia and Russell, aday devoted to the animation industry, a screenwriting class, a "desert islandflicks" presentation, and an awards ceremony with prizes of more than $18,654 (£10,000).
"Short filmmaking iscurrently experiencing a healthy upsurge in production which is reflected inthe 20% increase in entries we've received this year," said festival directorSue Lion, who noted that there were more than 1,500 films submitted including100 regional films.
Jury members will includePeter Ignacio from Atom Films,