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Palm Springs International ShortFest lines up 330 films

By Susan King

3:13 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

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The 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, now in its 19th year, will feature 330 films from 49 countries, including 70 world premieres, 55 North American premieres and 14 U.S. premieres.

The films will be showcased in 53 programs that will screen June 18-24 at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs.

"We are so delighted to present new works at the ShortFest from so many unique countries, this year especially African countries of Burundi, Mali and Burkina Faso," said Kathleen McInnis, ShortFest Film curator and director of industry programming, in a statement Monday morning.

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Among the shorts featured in the festival are Australia's "A Cautionary Tale," starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett; "The Egg Trick," from Britain, starring Ian McKellen;  France's "Frank-Etienne," with Gerard Depardieu; "Likeness," from the U.S., starring Elle Fanning; and Italy's "The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars," starring Nastassja Kinski and Julian Sands, directed by Edoardo Ponti, the son of Sophia Loren.

Sydney Netter, founder of SND Films, "The Artist" actress Missi Pyle and L.A. Times film critic Betsy Sharkey will serve on the ShortFest jury. Awards will be handed out in 19 categories.

Eleven films have also be chosen for the ShortFest Online Film Festival and will be played on a special section of the festival's website.

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