Old and Young Crows took home the top prize at Palm Springs International Shortfest 2023 on Sunday. The Japanese-American short film follows an elderly Persian man recalling the lessons he learned from an elderly Japanese woman.
Award for Best Animated Short Film goes to Lithuania Much better, revolves around a man who is expecting the worst but hoping for the best from his upcoming medical test results. He spends his days over the course of a week waiting in a limbo of his own making, fearful of things that have yet to happen.
The other top prizes of the festival went to China will you look at me? for short documentary, France Thiet Lam for live-action shorter than 15 minutes and of Spain Mystic tiger for short live-action films of 15 minutes or less. The top five films are now eligible to submit their short films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration.
Four other awards were presented to the students for their projects and nine short films received the special jury award for best international short film, US short film, comedy short film. , LGBTQ short film and Midnight short film, among other awards.
The winners also receive a cash prize of $25,000 when selected from among 299 short films competing during the festival, which runs from June 20 to June 26.
See all the winners below.
The best of the festival
Old and Young Crows (Japan/US), directed by Liam LoPinto
Best animated short film
Much better (Lithuania), directed by Skirmanta Jakaitė
Best Short Documentary
will you look at me? (China), directed by Shuli Huang
Best short live-Action over 15 minutes
Thiet Lam (France), directed by Vincent Fontano
Best Short Live-Action of 15 minutes or less
Mystic tiger (Spain), directed by Marc Martínez
Short award for students
Best Shor Animation Studentt
Rainbow Dung Beetle (USA), directed by Ellen Moway and Cole Dupzyk
International Short Film for Best Student
A dead marriage (Poland), directed by Michel Toczek
Best Student US Short
SULAM (Ladder) (USA), directed by Noam Argov
Short student documentary
Kaamoksen Vallossa (Finland), directed by Niko Väistö
Special Jury Prize
Best International Short Film
Soleil de nuit (Canada), directed by Fernando López and Maria Camila Arias
Best American Short Film
closing dynasty (USA), directed by Lloyd Lee Choi
Best Comedy Short Films
flapping wings (USA), directed by Ben Gauthier
Best LGBT+ Short Film
blonde night (Canada), directed by Gabrielle Demers
Best Midnight Short Stories
Year (USA), directed by Michelle Krusiec
Mozaik . Border Bridge Award
Fata Morgana (Germany/Syria), director Daood Alabdulaa
Local Jury Award
According to Gd (USA), directed by Paula Eiselt
Young Film Award
We were meant to (USA), directed by Tari Wariebi
Children’s Choice Award
Canary (Canada), directed by Pierre-Hugues Dallaire and Benoit Therriault