Nearly 300 films from around the world have been selected to take part in this year’s Palm Springs ShortFest, which will return as an in-person event later this month, organizers announced Tuesday.

What’s billed as the largest festival for short films in the United States will be the first film festival in California to return with in-person screenings since the coronavirus pandemic began last year, according to the organizers.

ShortFest, slated for June 22-28 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, will feature 295 films, including 32 world premieres. More than 5,500 films from 104 countries were submitted.

Films to be shown include the American comedy-drama “David,” featuring Will Ferrell. A complete list can be found at

“As we collectively move toward this next stage together, we feel a strong sense of gratitude to share the 2021 edition of ShortFest in person,” said Lili Rodriguez, the festival’s artistic director. “At the center of our plans has been a commitment to this great community of storytellers and moviegoers, and we’re excited to make our return to the silver screen a safe and enjoyable one.”

Organizers previously announced that mandatory masks and other COVID-related protocols are planned, although those protocols could be altered depending on the direction state officials take on June 15 when California’s economy is set to fully reopen.

Virtual classes and panels featuring industry representatives, filmmakers and other guests will be featured throughout the festival. Organizers said this year’s panels will cover a wide range of industry-specific topics, including social change and impact filmmaking.

Award winners will be announced on June 27, when five Academy Award-qualifying awards will also be presented.

The annual affair went virtual last year due to the pandemic for the first time in its 25-year history. More than 300 films from 69 countries were selected.

Organizers previously announced that the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Awards will return as an in-person event, to be held Jan. 6- 17. An awards gala will kick things off at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with film screenings beginning the next day, according to the Palm Springs International Film Society, which organizes both festivals.

Film Award Gala seats and tables will go on sale Aug. 1, along with festival passes.

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