Idea for staying cool this week in the desert . . .  attend ShortFest, a week of short films that are entertaining and diverse.

Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do when the temperatures start to climb in the desert.   This week you can take a short trip to Palm Springs and view some of the ShortFest films being presented at the Camelot Theatre.

If you like film festivals you might find ShortFest one you should add to your list for the year.  Likes the name depicts, ShortFest delivers short films.  This year marks the 15th year anniversary of ShortFest.  There were 2,700 submissions and 315 made the cut.   This year the ShortFest will showcase 76 World Premieres, 43 North American Premieres adn 14 U.S. Premieres.

This year’s opening night screening on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. will be highlighted by award-winning live-action and animated comedy films including Dead Bunny (USA), Emilia Eckle (USA),Expiration (USA), Eyelash (Switzerland), Multiple Choice (Australia), My New Toy (Australia), Stop Requested (France), The Suffering of Mr. Karpf – The Birthday (Germany), True Beauty This Night (USA) and The Williams (France).

The films will screen June 23-29th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA.  The films are categorized into 52 programs which include a variety of genres including: thrillers, horror, animation, documentaries, comedy and themes including: sex, memories, immigration, obsessions, couples, travel, etc.

“Festival attendees will be able to see a roster of films featuring familiar faces in front of and behind the camera. Four actors will have their directorial debuts featured at the Festival including Demi Mooredirecting Streak (USA) starring Brittany Snow, Rumer Willis and Madeline ZimaCourteney Cox-Arquette directing and starring in The Monday Before Thanksgiving (USA) along with Laura Dern andRosemary HarrisMarianne Jean-Baptiste directing Ink (USA); and Joseph Gordon Levitt directingSparks (USA) starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz. Other star-studded shorts include past Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star recipient Adam Beach who stars in Help (USA); Danny Glover in This Life (Australia); Olympia Dukakis in Hove (The Wind) (USA); Alfred Molina in Lessons in Self-Defense (USA); Rick Schroeder in Locker 13: Down and Out (USA); Christopher Eccleston in The Happiness Salesman (UK); Derek Jacobi in One of Those Days (UK); Will Patton in Looking at Animals(USA); the voices of Christopher Lloyd and John Lithgow in The Macabre World of Lavender Williams(USA); and Linda Hunt narrating The Crooked Eye (USA).”

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