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Celebrating Three Decades of Cinematic Brilliance: The 30th Palm Springs International ShortFest

The desert sands of Palm Springs are poised to shimmer with cinematic magic once more as the 30th Palm Springs International ShortFest gears up to dazzle film aficionados from June 18-24, 2024. This landmark edition not only commemorates three decades of showcasing groundbreaking short films but also continues its tradition of merging vibrant art with the beauty of the Coachella Valley.

A Fusion of Art and Film: Shag’s Signature Style

This year’s festival poster, a vibrant masterpiece by renowned American artist and Palm Springs resident, Shag, has been unveiled to much anticipation. Known for his retro-style artwork that breathes life into commercial illustrations with a contemporary twist, Shag’s creation for the ShortFest is a celebration of both the festival’s rich history and the unique charm of the Coachella Valley.

“Inspired by our city and setting of Palm Springs, I wanted to express both the emotion of living in Southern California, as well as the perspective of location shoots taking place across the Coachella Valley,” Shag commented. His artwork not only reflects the festive atmosphere of the ShortFest but also encapsulates the essence of summer in this picturesque locale.

The 2024 poster is set to become a sought-after collectible, available for purchase on the Festival website, at the Shag Store, and Destination PSP. During the ShortFest, attendees can also grab this artistic gem at the Destination PSP pop-up store in the Regal Palm Springs lobby.

Celebrating a Cinematic Milestone

Lili Rodriguez, Artistic Director of the Palm Springs International Film Society, expressed her excitement about this year’s collaboration with Shag: “It is a joy to have Shag’s singular, fun style capturing and creating the expression of this year’s 30th-annual Palm Springs International ShortFest. Engaging with visual ideas of perspective, a sense of summer in the Coachella Valley, as well as the lively atmosphere of ShortFest, we’re thrilled to once again partner with him!”

A Festival Like No Other

Recognized by prestigious organizations such as AMPAS, BAFTA, BIFA, and the Goya Awards, the Palm Springs International ShortFest is one of the most celebrated short film showcases globally. This year’s event will be held at the Regal Palm Springs, with a robust lineup that includes screenings, panels, and classes featuring industry experts, filmmakers, and other notable guests.

The ShortFest Awards, featuring cash prizes totaling $25,000 and including five Academy Award-qualifying awards, will be announced on Sunday, June 23. For those who can’t get enough of the cinematic feast, the Best of the Fest shorts will screen on the final day, June 24, with a virtual encore from July 10-14.

Looking Ahead

The Palm Springs International ShortFest is more than just a film festival; it’s a vibrant community event that celebrates the art and science of film. This year’s festival promises to be an unforgettable experience, combining stellar films, engaging discussions, and the artistic flair of Shag’s poster design. With passes available at, cinema lovers are encouraged to secure their spot at this premier event.

For further information and to stay updated on the official programming lineup, which will be announced on June 3, 2024, as well as the Forum and Jury schedule on June 6, 2024, visit the festival website or call the headquarters at (760) 778-8979.

About the Palm Springs International Film Society

The Palm Springs International Film Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting the art and science of film through education and cultural exchange. It hosts the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Palm Springs ShortFest, both renowned for their contributions to the film industry. By nurturing new filmmaking talent and honoring cinematic legends, the Film Society continues to expand audience horizons and celebrate global cinema.

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