Directorial efforts from Glenn Close, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco will be among the line-up at the 16th Palm Springs International ShortFest.
All in all 314 films will screen, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries, when the festival runs from June 22-28.
Close co-directs and narrates the documentary Pax with Sarah Harvey. Dunst will be in town with Bastard fresh from its world premiere in Cannes, while Franco directs three shorts including Cannes entry The Clerk’s Tale, The Feast Of Stephen and Herbert White.
Other shorts include Annie Leibovitz in the documentary Annie Leibovitz ‘So, There You Go’ (USA); Julian Sands in The Good Life Vincent D’Onofrio and Kevin Corrigan in The New Tenants(Denmark-USA), and Brendan Gleeson in Noreen (Ireland).
First place winners in four categories will automatically become eligible for consideration by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences for a possible Oscar nomination.
The event will feature three of panels to discuss trends and provide advice on short filmmaking.
“ShortFest has become a one-stop festival for short filmmakers making the transition to features, and we are excited to build on the success of our ShortFest Forums for the film-makers panels,” ShortFest film curator Kathleen McInnis said.
“The participation at the highest level of film industry talent who are eager to share their knowledge with our film-makers is extraordinary.”