2023 Palm Spring International ShortFest Full list of winners – The Hollywood Reporter

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.

Oscar Qualifiers

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


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