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Celebrate Film at the Palm Springs International ShortFest

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Palm Springs, California, has always been a popular vacation spot for Hollywood celebrities, so it is fitting that the popular desert city is the site of many film-related events.

In January, the Palm Springs International Film Society will hold its International Film Festival. However, those who would prefer to attend an event a little sooner can book Palm Springs timeshare rentals this June so they can catch the flicks being screened at the 18th Annual International ShortFest.

Between June 19 and 25, the Palm Springs International Film Society will bring some of the best short films in the world to California. Each year, this event features roughly 200 movies from filmmakers living in more than 60 countries.

The festival is still taking submissions, so a final list of movies has yet to be published. However, anyone interested in attending the screenings should know that the event is always on the film industry’s radar. In fact, winners of ShortFest’s various prizes become eligible for Oscar consideration.

If the 2012 festival is anything like last year’s event, than attendees can expect blocks of short films that last around 80-90 minutes and focus on specific genres. For instance, the 17th annual show kicked off with Make ‘Em Laugh, 81 minutes of comedic shorts.

Other blocks of film included Parlez Vous Palm Springs? Best of the French Language Shorts, Art Attack!, which featured movies about artists, and Fantastic Animation.

During the festival, cinephiles will also have a chance to attend question and answer sessions with many of the filmmakers behind their favorite shorts. Each year, the event hosts a series of panels on different aspects of the film business as well.

If travelers cannot make it to ShortFest this June, they can still catch a flick in Palm Springs any time of year as long as they are staying in the area. For current movies, visitors can head to Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9. Meanwhile, those who seek independent or international features may want to swing by Camelot Theatres and see what is playing.

For a unique experience, travelers can visit Cinema Fondue, where they will find vintage movies, fondue and a full bar, in addition to the traditional popcorn and soda.

Even if visitors to Palm Springs never spot a celebrity on the streets, they know that they can at least see plenty of stars up on the silver screen.

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