Best of the Fest.

This year, 500 films were submitted from 39 countries around the world - for a total running time of 220 hours and 38 minutes, give or take a few.

And if that wasn’t enough, our program committee watched an additional 100 films from other film festivals and film schools to finally narrow this year’s program down to the 70+ short and feature length films, along with Virtual Reality experiences being screened at this year’s film festival. From those 100+ films, the festival directors suggested a dozen films for award consideration to our Festival Judges.

Our Festival Judges decided the winners of Best of the Fest, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Fiction and this year’s Heart of Gold Winner. Winner of Best of the Fest will receive a $1500 cash prize.
 
The Audience Award was your chance to vote for your favorite film at the festival! The Winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

And the Winners are...

Best of the Fest & Best Animation
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THE DRIVER IS RED

dir. Randall Christopher 
A riveting account of the hunt by Israeli secret service for a notorious Nazi fugitive in the remote outskirts of Buenos Aires, a case that would send shock waves around the world, imaginatively illustrated through striking hand-drawn animation. (15min/USA)

Audience AWARD
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WEEKENDS

dir. Trevor Jimenez
“Weekends” is an animated short film about a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto. (15min/Canada)

Best Documentary
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BENEATH THE INK

dir. Cy Dodson
As society’s belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio artist is challenging his community by saying, “bring me your mistakes”. Inspired by recent events, Billy Joe White and his Red Rose Tattoo Studio are promoting one simple concept…ERASE THE HATE. 

Audience Award Best Doc Palm Springs Short Fest 2018

Best Narrative
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AFTER THE CONVERSATION, THEY SAY GOODBYE WITH AN EMBRACE


dir. Renan Brandao
At the same time that Elisa says goodbye to Heliomar, she meets the young Michel. (20min / Brazil)

Winner of Heart of Gold Award
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THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

dir. Robert D. Krzykowski
The story follows a legendary American war veteran named Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott / Aidan Turner) who, decades after serving in WWII and assassinating Adolf Hitler, must now hunt down the fabled Bigfoot. Living a peaceful life in New England, the former veteran is contacted by the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to lead the charge as the creature is carrying a deadly plague and is hidden deep inside the Canadian wilderness. Also starring Ron Livingston, Larry Miller, and Caitlin FitzGerald.

(98min/USA)