Palm Springs ShortFest is scheduled to return as an in-person event this summer, organizers announced Wednesday.

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

The event is planned for June 22-28 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, located at 2300 E. Baristo Road. Mandatory masks and other COVID-related protocols will be enforced. Tickets go on sale May 17.

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. The Film 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.

Additional information can be found at www.psfilmfest.org.

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