Kathleen McInnis has been named director of short film programmingat this year's 11th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films& Short Film Market.

The festival and market screens approximately 350 films from more than40 countries each year, and this year organisers are reporting a record 2,400submissions to date, up 10% against last year.

Over the past ten years, 46 titles that played in the festivalhave gone on to earn Academy Award nominations.

McInnis is a veteran of the festival and publicity circuit andmost recently served as director of this year's Slamdance. Prior to that hercredits include director of industry programming and director ofpublicity/promotion at Seattle.

The festival isscheduled to run from Sept 20-26.