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The Palm Springs International Film Festival plays host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. The Festival features a stellar line-up of more than 175 films from 60 countries, special events and gala receptions. 

The Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films has become known world-wide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. This celebrated event is the largest festival of its kind in America, showcasing over 320 short films each year from more than 40 countries, with a library of more than 2700 films available to film buyers, industry and press in the Film Market running concurrently with the Festival.


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Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2022 Dates

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Society has announced that the 33rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will return Thursday, January 6, 2022 through Monday, January 17, 2022. The Film Awards Gala will take place on January 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with film screenings beginning Friday, January 7 including the Opening Night presentation that evening and will conclude with Best of Fest on January 17. Palm Springs ShortFest is still schedu...

VIDEO Talking Pictures: Charlatan with Director Agnieszka Holland

David Ansen, Lead Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, sat down with director Agnieszka Holland to talk about her film, Charlatan. The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian fifties. ...

In conversation with 14 Best International Feature Film Shortlisted Directors

   Talking Pictures: Best International Feature Film Panels Ninety-three countries were in the running in the Academy Awards© Best International Feature Film category this year, 15 of which have been shortlisted (up from 10 last year). For the sixth year running, we're excited to present a panel discussion with 14 of these directors in conversation!       Another Round (Denmark) ...

Variety to Honor Glenn Close with Creative Impact in Acting Award at PSIFF 10 Directors to watch

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Variety has announced it will be giving its Creative Impact in Acting Award to Glenn Close as part of their virtual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards event with the Palm Springs International Film Society on February 26 at 10:00 AM PT. As previously announced, Steve McQueen will be receiving the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the event. Glenn recently co-starred in the Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy and has received nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics Cho...

Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn will be the recipient of the 2021 PSIFF Spotlight Award, Actress for Minari

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS TO PRESENT YUH-JUNG YOUN WITH 2021 SPOTLIGHT AWARD, ACTRESS     The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that legendary Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn will be the recipient of the 2021 Spotlight Award, Actress for Minari.   “In her first-ever American feature film, Minari, Yuh-Jung Youn wonderfully portrays a feisty and foul-mouthed grandmother whose Korean-American family has suddenly moved from California to a har...

Daniel Kaluuya will be the recipient of the International Star Award, Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.

The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that Daniel Kaluuya will be the recipient of the International Star Award, Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.     “Daniel Kaluuya delivers a powerful performance in his latest role as assassinated Black Panther leader Chairman Fred Hampton,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his outstanding work in Judas and the Black Messiah, it is our honor to present the International...

Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Viola Davis (for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

  The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Viola Davis is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.    “Viola Davis is one of the most celebrated actors of her generation from her powerful roles on stage and screen including Fences and How to Get Away With Murder. In her latest film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Davis fully embodies the famous blues singer Ma Rainey in an explosive and memorabl...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Honors & Awards 2021

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala is not presenting an in-person event this year, however the Palm Springs International Film Society is recognizing this year’s best in filmmaking. ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT will highlight all of the individual honoree announcements and present a tribute on February 11 announcing the honorees and films. If you miss it, you can also watch on February 20, on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WEEKEND. February 25, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGH...

Andra Day will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday

The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that Andra Day will be the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.   “Few jazz vocalists are more beloved than Billie Holiday, and Andra Day brings Holiday and her iconic voice back to life through a sympathetic and nuanced portrayal that sheds new light on the U.S. government’s role in seeking to muzzle a homegrown legend,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner...

Anthony Hopkins to receive the Palm Springs PSIFF Career Achievement Award for The Father

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced Anthony Hopkins is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award for The Father.    “Anthony Hopkins is one of the greatest and most respected actors of his generation, who has brought to the screen so many memorable performances from The Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day, The Two Popes, Westworld and so many more. In The Father, Hopkins gives an outstanding emotional performance, his best in years, as an 80-...

Leslie Odom, Jr. is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for One Night in Miami

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Leslie Odom, Jr. is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for One Night in Miami.  “Leslie Odom, Jr. is a truly talented performer. In his latest project, One Night in Miami, Odom Jr. brilliantly portrays singer Sam Cooke with charisma and tenacity, as he joins iconic figures Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown in this fictionalized account that is based on their actual meeting,” said Festival Chairman Ha...

The Trial of the Chicago 7 to receive the Palm Springs Vanguard Award

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS PRESENTS “THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7” WITH THE VANGUARD AWARD   The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the recipient of the Vanguard Award, which is presented to the cast and director Aaron Sorkin. The Vanguard Award is a group honor distinguishing a film's cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project.   “The Trial of the ...

PSIFF to host a virtual panel with the 10 Directors to Watch plus Directing Award to Steve McQueen

  Variety to Honor Steve McQueen with Creative Impact in Directing Award at 10 Directors To Watch Virtual Event Variety will host a virtual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards event with the Palm Springs International Film Society on February 26 at 10:00 AM PT.   The event will consist of a virtual panel with the 10 Directors to Watch plus honor director Steve McQueen with its annual Creative Impact in Directing Award for his work on Amazon Studios’ collecti...

Palm Springs International Film Awards honoring Chloé Zhao

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Chloé Zhao is the recipient of the Director of the Year Award for Nomadland.    “Director and screenwriter Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is a film that captures the triumph of the human spirit,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “This extremely unique and well done film captures the grand landscapes of the American West as it follows Fern, played by Frances McDormand, who hits the road...

Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.   “Riz Ahmed delivers one of the most complex and moving on-screen performances of the year. In Sound of Metal, the film tells the emotional journey of Ruben, a musician who learns he is losing his hearing and must deal with this new reality,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For t...

Gary Oldman honored with The Palm Springs International Film Festival Chairman Award for Mank

    The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Gary Oldman is the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for his performance in Mank.  "Gary Oldman gives another mesmerizing performance as Herman J. Mankiewicz in David Fincher’s Mank. Oldman plays the role to perfection as the films follows the screenwriter’s journey while is co-writing the script for Citizen Kane,” said Harold Matzner. “We are delighted to recognize one of t...

Palm Springs International Film Awards Presents Carey Mulligan With The International Star Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Carey Mulligan is the recipient of the International Star Award for her performance in Promising Young Woman. As previously announced, the Festival and Film Awards Gala will not take place as an in-person event this year, but honoree selections will be announced to recognize this year’s great performances.   “In Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan boldly portrays Cassandra Thomas, a...

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will skip the 2021 edition

Dear PSIFF Friends,   For 31 years, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been bringing together an international community of filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate the riches that cinema presented that year. We've rushed into packed screening rooms, shared food and conversation and made lifelong connections with people standing in lines. This festival has been about sharing our love for movies, but even more, it’s been about creating personal connections for our ...

Palm Springs 2020 ShortFest Official Selection

You don't want to miss this. During these life-changing times of social and political unrest, it is exceedingly difficult to feel celebratory. Through these feelings, however, we remain firm believers that "movies are the most powerful empathy machines," as Roger Ebert once called them. Watching and sharing cinema from different parts of the world, from different, diverse perspectives is especially necessary today, and that's something we must continue to do.   We are...

31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom & Gay Chorus Deep South Win Audience Awards; Beanpole Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Bartosz Bielenia & Helena Zengel Receive FIPRESCI Acting Prizes; Parasite Receives FIPRESCI Screenplay Prize; Song Without a Name Receives New Voices New Visions Award; Talking About Trees Receives Documentary Award; Monos Receives Ibero-American Award; Adam Receives Local Jury Award; Corpus Christi Receives Young Cineastes Award; Advocate Receives GoE Bridging The ...

Jamie Foxx honored with the Spotlight Award, Actor for his role in Just Mercy

The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Jamie Foxx with the Spotlight Award, Actor for his role in Just Mercy at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “In Just Mercy, Jamie ...

Laura Dern presents Adam Driver with the Desert Palm Achievement Award - Actor for Marriage Story

The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Adam Driver with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “This has been a career year for Adam Driver with...

Director of the Year Award to Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presented Quentin Tarantino with the Director of the Year Award for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “Quenti...

Cynthia Erivo receives the Breakthrough Performance Award

The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Cynthia Erivo with the Breakthrough Performance Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “Cynthia Erivo has been a sensation in her theatric...

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