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Palm Springs takes 6

Six NZ shorts line up in six different programmes at this year’s Palm Springs International ShortFest, America’s premiere short film festival.

The selections are part of a 338-title line-up, chosen from c4,200 submissions, so competition’s pretty tough. Among the festival’s awards are Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying categories.

The oldest NZ title in the mix is Campbell Hooper & Joel Kefali’s Echoes, premiered at Cannes in 2013 as part of a short film programme sponsored by Lexus and the Weinsteins.

Jessica Grace Smith, who appeared in front of the camera in Benedict Wall’s short Best Mates (which premiered at Santa Barbara in January) is selected in Palm Springs with Everybody Else is Taken.

Everybody Else Is Taken

The two newest of the six NZ titles selected are having their world premieres in Palm Springs: Eddie Fifield’s Happy Birthday and Robyn Grace’s A Woman’s Right to Shoes.

Hamish Mortland is the producer of the final two films named: Roseanne Liang’s Sundance-premiered Do No Harm and Zoe McIntosh’s The World in Your Window, a winner last year at Clermont-Ferrand (pictured, top).



The Palm Springs International ShortFest runs 20 – 26 June, naming its award winners at an event on 25 June.

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