Spotlight Shines on Short Films This Week in Palm Springs
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The 18th annual Palm Springs International Shortfest is giving budding filmmakers international exposure for one week.
"This is probably the only way you'll get to see short films...I can remember going to see the Academy Awards and thinking how do you ever see these films?" said festival volunteer Donna Lawton of Cathedral City.
The festival puts the first place winners in the running for Oscar consideration.
Camelot theaters will screen short films back to back, each lasting about ten to fifteen minutes.
This year 324 films from more than 50 countries made the lineup. But this festivals isn't just about exposure for the films.
"It's about getting in contact with the industry here and promoting myself with the film," said Florian Knittel, a filmmaker who is screening his film at the festival.
About 500 film guest will be in town, along with about twenty thousand people buying tickets for the screenings. The box office has already seen a jump from last year's record number.
"It's 109 degrees outside and we are going to be in air conditioned theaters, so come on down, it's going to be great," said ShortFest film curator Kathleen Mcinnis.
-Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.