Films starringStephen Rea, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Oh, Selma Blair and Steve Buscemi arefeatured in the line-up of the upcoming 2005 Palm Springs InternationalFestival of Short Films (ShortFest), which runs Sept 20-26.

Organisers haveunveiled a roster of 324 titles chosen from a record 2,400 worldwide entries,which they say has led to a 10% increase in submissions.

"With the 324films selected for public screening, we barely scratched the surface of theextraordinary talent seen in films that were submitted to us from all over theworld," ShortFest programming director Kathleen McInnis said.

"Luckily all the film submissions will be included in themarketplace so the industry can see and experience these remarkable films."

All in all therewill be nine competitive categories and the Alexis Award, a new awardrecognising student filmmakers and named after the late filmmaker AlexisEchavarria. Echavarria's short film 18 Minutes will screen during the festival.

The line-up ofevents includes panels, workshops, and meet-and-greets with industryprofessionals. For more details visit the official website