Camp ShortFest! at the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest

For the third year in a row, UC Riverside’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences will sponsor a day of film education, innovation, and technology in collaboration with the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest. On June 21, Camp ShortFest! will offer a day of film screenings and hands-on sessions that are free and open to the public.

Programing will begin with the Shorties! screening at 10 a.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Camelot Theatre and feature a selection of family-friendly animated, documentary, and live-action films. Although the screening is free, tickets are required and may be reserved in advance or picked up at the box office.

Events will continue at the Palm Springs High School auditorium starting at 12 p.m. Snacks and light refreshments will be available before the keynote speech at 1 p.m. delivered by actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Rider Strong, who is best known for his work on the TV shows "Boy Meets World" and "Girl Meets World." A screening of his most recent short film will also be presented.

Four free 40-minute sessions will be offered simultaneously following the keynote. These sessions, which will examine different aspects of the filmmaking process, will be offered in two rounds allowing guests to choose from two of the four available subjects. These topics will include:

  • Screenwriting for shorts and video games
  • Screenwriting for feature films
  • Film editing
  • Set decorating

Sessions will be facilitated by Rider Strong, John Mattson, Andrew Blumenthal, Joshua Malkin, and Jamie Venci.

Guest Bios

Rider Strong is an actor, director, voice actor, producer and screenwriter. He is well-known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the sitcom “Boy Meets World” and its sequel, “Girl Meets World.” He has also served as a guest faculty member at UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA Program.

John Mattson wrote “Milk Money,” “Free Willy 2,” and “Free Willy 3.” He has sold scripts to Paramount, Fox, Warner Bros., Universal, DreamWorks, Imagine and ABC. He is a former HBO executive and winner of the 2018 R. M. Kinder Award for Realistic Fiction. He is an alumnus of UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA Program.

Andrew Blumenthal has been a film editor for 30-plus years, working in features, television, animation, and documentaries. Credits include “Waiting For Guffman,” “Tangled,” “Tortilla Soup,” “The Natural,” “Shocker,” and “Waiting,” among many others. Between breaks in editing he has directed TV episodes and written screenplays. He is an alumnus of UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA Program.

Joshua Malkin has written projects for AltaVista, Giant Door Productions, Fox Searchlight (through State Street Entertainment), and had another optioned by Nabushea. He has also written and produced three documentaries. He is part of the core faculty at UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA Program.

Jamie Venci is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, crafter, set decorator and set dresser. Credits include “Rebirth,” “The Perfect Match,” and “Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories.”

About ShortFest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest — now in its 24th year — is the largest short film event in North America. A highly competitive festival, ShortFest receives more than 4,200 submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs. ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscar nominations and/or awards.

The festival also includes the ShortFest Forum, a series of panels, master classes, and roundtable discussions designed to provide emerging filmmakers with both the knowledge and networking opportunities to further their careers in the film industry.

Find more information at 2018 ShortFest.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:00am

Palm Springs Cultural Center, Camelot Theatre 2300 E Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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