Chairman Harold Matzner and executive director Darryl Macdonald thanked the volunteers, film juries, filmmakers and staff for all the hard work and talent presented during the 21st annual Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Macdonald thanked the 24 programmers who viewed more than 3,000 submissions and then asked all the filmmakers in the audience to stand. Approximately 200 stood, and received a well deserved round of applause.
As one of the presenters said, “You are all winners.”Others presenting awards were artistic director Helen Du Toit, programmer Laura Henneman, independent film producer Kim Waltrip, filmmaker, critic and former LA Film Festival director David Ansen, reviewer and critic Steve Greene, film and TV director and former Seattle International Film Festival director Dan Ireland, Hollywood Reporter film editor Gregg Kilday, and writer-director, producer Roberta Munroe.
Steve Wilson and Harold Matzner.
(From left) Producer Kim Waltrip, It’s Better in Italian (USA/Italy) director Jordan Ledy, Dan Ireland, and Steve Greene.
Marta Rosa (USA / Mexico) director Barbara Cigarroa.
The Little Death (Norway) director Simon Tillaas.
(From left) The Orchestra's (Australia) screenwriter, Jennifer Smith, director Mikey Hill, and presenter Roberta Munroe.
Pebbles At Your Door (Denmark) director Vibeke Bryld – Runner-Up Best Documentary Short.
David Ansen presents award to Pink Boy (USA) director Eric Rockey – Best Documentary Short.
August (Poland) producer Maria Pulaska and presenter Gregg Kilday.
Grand Jury Award winner Jörn Threlfall for Over (United Kingdom).
Online Audience Award winner Franco Finocchiaro for The Deadman (Peru).