Palm Springs ShortFest lineup announced

Includes films by Kate Hudson, Kirsten Dunst

The 317 short films selected for the 2008 Palm Springs International ShortFest include movies directed by Kate Hudson ("Cutless"), Kirsten Dunst ("Welcome") and Matthew Modine ("I Think I Thought") and films narrated by Whoopi Goldberg ("The Descendant") and Robert Redford ("The New Environmentalists").

ShortFest, marking its 14th year, runs Aug. 21-27 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Festival director Darryl Macdonald and film curator Kathleen McInnis have assembled 53 world premieres, 47 North American premieres and 24 U.S. Premieres, collected in 51 themed programs.

The opening-night screening on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. will be highlighted by award-winning films including "Life's Hard" (Romania), "Manon on the Asphalt" (France), "Procrastination" (U.K.), "Sikumi" (On the Ice) (U.S.), "Tadeo Jones and the Basement of Doom" (Spain) and "The Wednesdays" (Ireland).