Magazine article Screen International

US Briefs: Palm Springs ShortFest Announces Titles

Magazine article Screen International

US Briefs: Palm Springs ShortFest Announces Titles

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Work from Oscar Isaac, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Hudson, Neil LaBute, Jack O'Connell, Guy Pearce and Kristen Wiig are among the line-up at the 22nd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest.

The festival will run from June 21-27 and show 327 films including 46 world premieres.

Festival director Helen du Toit said: "After a 31% jump in submissions this year, our programing team, led by the sharp-minded and quick-witted Penelope Bartlett, is exhausted but exhilarated. Our audiences will see a broader international representation of stories than ever before." For further details click here.

· The UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television and Eros International have launched the Eros International Graduate Scholarship Fund - three full-ride graduate scholarships for UCLA TFT's Master of Fine Arts programmes in directing, producing and screenwriting "to give voice to the unique perspective of Indian women." Recipients will commence in autumn 2017.

· Mary McCormack and Joel David Moore have joined the previously announced Sean Bean and Patrick Sabongui on the political thriller Drone, which Myriad Pictures introduced to buyers in Cannes last month. Jason Bourque co-wrote the screenplay and will direct. Drone is currently in production in Vancouver and just wrapped its second unit shoot in India. Pacific Northwest Pictures holds Canadian rights.

· GoDigital subsidiary Distribber is to launch a quarterly grant programme in partnership with the International Documentary Association to help four film-makers a year directly distribute their content onto major platforms like iTunes, Google Play, and Netflix worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights and revenue. …

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