The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market has announced this years line-up, which will showcase 330 films including 77 World Premieres, 65 North American Premieres, and 19 U.S. Premieres. Six of the films are Irish.
Ruairi O‚ÄôBrien’s Cutting Grass, fresh from winning¬†Best Irish Short Film at the Corona Fastnet Film Festival, plays as part of the¬†The Secret Lives of Others strand.¬†When two bothersome kids carry on a campaign of harassment against a lonely home-owner in hopes of getting money in return, the stage is set for an unexpected resolution with damning consequences.
Colum Eastwood’s horror The Morrigan plays the¬†Mysteries! Horrors! Thrillers! strand. The film sees a young couple on a getaway to their remote holiday cottage in Ireland take in a young girl they find unconscious outside their cottage one night. But after calling the police, things start to go very, very wrong.
Tom Sullivan’s family drama Personal Development plays the Father‚Äôs Day strand. The film follows Fintan, who is a bit adrift after his divorce, not knowing how to relate to his two girls who seem to be turning into women right before his eyes. A weekend alone with his younger daughter brings an opportunity for them to get back to comfortable closeness, if they can get over their embarrassment first.
Stephen Ryan’s Rip It Up & Start Again plays the Animal Attraction strand. The film sees a postman’s dog watch as he strains over writing a letter, which he eventually tries to deliver. But to reach the object of his desire he must first get past her pint-sized guard dog, which is easier said than done.
Erin Mullally’s The Struggle of Libations takes part as part of the Brief Encounters strand. This sees a working stiff head for the neighborhood pub for his nightly afterwork quaff, but this night something is different: a mysterious young woman seems to take a keen interest in him, inviting him back to her place‚Ä¶
Last but not least is Gary Gill’s beautiful animation Tea With the Dead, which plays as part of the¬†Exit Stage Left strand. After preparing her for the funeral, an undertaker has a cup of tea and a chat with his client.
The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market is one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place in Palm Springs on June 16th to 22nd.¬† Now in its 21st year and recently taking 8th place in the annual USA Today 10 Best poll, ShortFest will showcase over 300 short films from more than 50 countries. The concurrent Short Film Market will feature a library of more than 3,000 films available to film buyers, industry and press, the only Short Film Market in North America. The ShortFest Forum programs are a four day schedule of seminars, panel discussions, roundtables and master classes staged free of charge for attending filmmakers
[quote title=”Darryl Macdonald – Festival Director”]The overall quality of the films submitted to us this year was staggering, both in terms of sophisticated filmmaking technique and the diversity of the subject matter and storytelling styles. The difficult part for us was narrowing the 3,500 submissions down to just 330 titles for the final Festival line-up, given the wealth of exceptional work we watched. It‚Äôs a testament to the benefits of contemporary film schools and increased access to low cost technological tools that so many emerging filmmakers with a gift for storytelling are now able to parlay those gifts into accomplished, entertaining short films. It makes for one wonderful week of film watching.[/quote]