LA Shorts Fest 2009 (July 23-31) promises to be particularly star-studded, with Courteney Cox, Demi Moore and Scarlett Johansson all expected to attend.

The festival will open with Cox’s The Monday Before Thanksgiving starring Laura Dern; plus the world premiere of Johansson’s directorial debut These Vagabond Shoes, starring Kevin Bacon.

Writer Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, who worked on The House Bunny, Legally Blonde and The Ugly Truth, makes her directorial debut with The Spleenectomy starring Anna Farris.

Demi Moore will present her directorial debut short Streak, starring Brittany Snow and Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis, on July 24. She will also be on hand for a Q&A.

The 13th-annual LA Shorts Fest will be held at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood.

Other festival highlights include the world premiere of Russian writer-director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Apocrypha.

Awards will be presented in the categories of best of fest, best foreign film, best drama, best comedy, best animation, best experimental, best documentary, best creative commercial, and best music video.