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Palm Springs Shortfest Winners Unveiled

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Jon-Erik Mack’s Facing Mecca, in which a Syrian refugee faces the Swiss bureaucracy, claimed the best of festival award, the top jury prize, at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, which concludes June 2. The film was also honored as best student live action short over 15 minutes.

The fest, which screened 338 short films and presented awards in 21 categories, presented its Grand Jury Award to Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes, which was also named best animated short.

Audience awards went to Toma Waszarow’s Red Light, named best live action short; Nicholas Arioli’s Coin Operated, best animation short, Mari Bake Riise’s »

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