Palm Springs ShortFest unveils lineup

Shorts directed by Glenn Close, Kirsten Dunst on program

Short films directed by Glenn Close, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco will be among the 314 films set to unspool between June 22-28 at the Palm Springs International ShortFest.

Now in its 16th year, the fest, taking place at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, Calif., has scheduled 52 themed programs, which include 58 world premieres, 55 North American premieres and 24 U.S. premieres.

Close will be represented by the doc "Pax," which she narrates and co-directed with Sarah Harvey; Dunst's film, "Bastard," stars Brian Geraghty, Juno Temple, Lukas Haas and Joel David Moore; Franco will present three shorts -- "The Clerk's Tale," "The Feast of Stephen" and "Herbert White" -- and take part in an onstage conversation June 26.

The fest's opening night consists of a program of live-action and animated comedies called "Laughing Out Loud." The fest also will have a special focus on Australia, dubbed "On Top Down Under," including both screenings and a reception.
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