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The Palm Springs International Film Festival played host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. The Festival featured 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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Interview with Filmmaker Edward Worthy for 'Crescent' (2017)

  Edward Worthy Filmmaker Edward Worthy's latest short 'Crescent III' (2017) screened in the market at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. The film tells the story of African American Adam Lucas (played by actor Aspen Kennedy Wilson) and the challenges he faces after transferring from a majoroty white school to an all black school. Worthy's other works include his first film 'Witness Monitor' (2013) and TV series currently in pre-production '...

Interview with Filmmaker Joel Villegas Saldaña for 'Subterra' (2017) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

Writer/director Joel Villegas Saldaña's 'Subterra' (2017) tells the story of musician/singer Robbie (played by newcomer Dan Chavez-Wright) as he struggles to make it performing in a cover band. The film premiered at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. This is Villegas' directorial debut after working as a producer, editor and writer on multiple short films. I interviewed Joel shortly after the festival. Here is what he has to say: What inspi...

Interview with Matthew Berg and Thomas Besançon for 'Aqua Rasa' (2017) and 'Accomplice' (2018)

Filmmaker Matthew Berg's debut Short 'Aqua Rasa' (2017) screened at the Palm Springs International Shortfest film market. Harry (played by Vincent Palmieri) is an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer's when visited by Asher (Calvin Devereaux), pretending to be a psychic to help bring back his memories. The youngest director with a film at the film market, Berg wrote, directed, produced and edited the film. Producer Thomas Besançon attended the festival with Berg to ...

Interview with Filmmaker Franco Volpi for "August Sun" (2018)

Actors Miguel Di Lemme and Silvina Sabater with Franco Volpi Argentine native filmmaker Franco Volpi, known for his previous film LOW COST (2014), premiered his latest work AUGUST SUN (2018) at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Set in Buenos Aires, it's a heartfelt endearing story about an ailing mother reuniting with her estranged expatriate son. The film will screen next in Brazil at the Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival and has been selected as a semi-finalist ...

Interview with Filmmakers Philip Burgers and Kitao Sakurai for "The Passage" @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

The Passage Created by Philip Burgers Directed by Kitao Sakurai Writer/Actor Philip Burgers and Director Kitao Sakurai screened their short “The Passage” (2018) at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. The film is a comedic and creative tour de force about funny man Phil as he journeys through multiple continents, traveling the world in a single day without speaking a word or ever actually leaving Los Angeles, California. In Phil's and Kitao's words, &ld...

2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Festival Winners

Fauve Receives Best of the Festival; Coyote and Caroline Receive Top Jury Awards; Beneath the Ink, Trois Pages, Bilby and Untitled Short Film About White People Receive Audience Awards    The 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 24, 2018.  333 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 5,300 of the 5,400 filmmaker su...

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST 2018 FILMS

Palm Springs International ShortFest is showcasing 333 films including 42 World Premieres, 32 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 13 U.S. Premieres with films coming from 62 countries around the world. There are 55 curated programs, which will screen June 19-25, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in Palm Springs. More than 5,300 of the festival submissions will be available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view.  The complete line-up is available at www.p...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Appoints Michael Lerman as Artistic Director

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced the hiring of Michael Lerman as Artistic Director.  Currently, Lerman serves as Acting Head of Programming and Primetime Programmer for the Toronto Film Festival, which concludes its 11-day run on September 18, as well as the Artistic Director for the Philadelphia Film Society, where he has worked since 2005. Lerman will oversee all artistic decisions for the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival that runs fr...

Interview with Director/Writer/Actor John Fortson for 'RATED' (2016) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

  Director/Writer/Actor John Fortson's short film 'RATED' (2016) has been making its round to film festivals since its world premiere at Sonoma International Film Festival in April where it won the Jury Award for Best Comedy Short. The film stars John's actor wife Christie Lynn Smith (Justified, The Crazies) who plays the lead Maggie, their daughter Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness, Ant-Man), and their son Joshua Fortson. RATED is currently screening at the 2016 Palm S...

PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST PANELS, ROUNDTABLES & NEW TECH DAY

Speakers Include Representatives from Anonymous Content, Associated Press, Borgus Film, CAA, Cloud Imperium, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiegogo, Indiewire, kweliTV, Little Teeth Pictures, Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles Times, Preferred Content, Pysop, Seed & Spark, Southland Productions, Tribeca Film Festival, Twitter, UCLA, Variety, Warner Bros. and Many Others. The Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 21-27) is best known for its award-winning short films, but each year the...

Palm Springs International Shorfest Line-up for 2016

ShortFest to Showcase Shorts Featuring Beck Bennett, Steve Buscemi, Robert Emms, James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Oscar Isaac, Connor Jessup, Richard Kind, Jane Krakowski, Caroline Lagerfelt, Neil LaBute, Zosia Mamet, Jack O’Connell, Sarah Parish, Guy Pearce, Abigal Spencer, Kristen Wiig and Ray Wise Palm Springs, CA – Now in its 22nd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 327 films including 46 World Premieres, 63 North American Premieres and 13 U.S...

Garden Collage x Palm Springs International Film Festival Party.

Photo Credit - Getty Images for PSIFF   Over the weekend Garden Collage partnered with the Palm Springs International Film Festival for a very special party on January 9th at SnapShot Studios, which celebrated the garden through various creative perspectives. To honor the beauty of nature through the lens of film, GC hosted an afterparty for 50 Days In The Desert-- an all-access, drama-filled film about the making of The White Knights-- as well as The Vi...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

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  The Assassin Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Alena Mihulová, Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson Receive Acting Prizes; Death By Death Receives New Voices/New Visions Award and Thithi Receives a Special Mention; The Birth of Saké Receives The John Schlesinger Award; Umrika Receives The HP Bridging The Borders Awards   Setting the stage for the year’s film festival circuit, th...

27th Annual PSIFF Closing Night Screening of "Last Cab To Darwin"

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Laconic cabbie Rex has lived his entire life in the small town of Broken Hill. He’s a stubborn old git, determined to do things his own way. After work, he hoists a few beers at the pub with his mates before returning home to his dog and a surreptitious relationship with his aboriginal neighbor Polly. When he learns that he has terminal cancer, he lights out for a doctor in Darwin, some 1,865 miles away, who is campaigning for die-with-dignity legislation and has a euthanasia machine. B...

Student Screening Day PSIFF 2016 to Screen Narrative Feature "JEREMY" & Doc "SALAM NEIGHBOR"

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  Life isn’t easy for an eight-year-old genius. When sweet and highly precocious misfit Jeremy (a terrific turn by newcomer Martín Castro) is revealed to have an IQ of 160, he quickly discovers that with extraordinary gifts come unexpected obstacles: the pressure to map out his life’s path; fitting in with his loving but clueless (and impoverished) family; and being groomed by an unscrupulous academic, for instance. Yet his biggest challenge might just be learning the...

DHEEPAN Screens @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

DHEEPAN is screening @ the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival from January 1-11, 2016. For more information, visit: http://www.psfilmfest.org/ Every year, Cannes Film Festival movie-goers try to predict what the Palm d'Or winner will be. There are always the audience favorites and big buzz films; but more often than not, it's the film least expected to win that rises to the top taking home the highly besought golden palm. This year, that film was DHEEPAN by reno...

LIZ IN SEPTEMBER Screening @ 27th Annual PSIFF; Interview with Director Fina Torres

Directed by Fina Torres (Woman On Top, Cannes winner Oriana), the film stars newcomer Eloísa Maturén (upcoming star of a major TV series in Venezuela produced by Venevision) opposite Patricia Velasquez and Mimi Lazo. LIZ IN SEPTEMBER is screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival from January 1-11, 2016. http://www.psfilmfest.org/   Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Screens "PAPA"

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From the film Papa director Bob Yari along with actors Adrian Sparks and Mariel Hemingway to attend. Papa follows journalist Ed Myers (Giovanni Ribisi) on his adventure to Cuba in 1959, on a mission to meet his idol, the legendary Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks). Hidden away at a private estate with his wife Mary (Joely Richardson), the elusive author mentors young Myers in fishing, drinking and finding his voice, while the Cuban Revolution comes to a boil all around them. In this turbule...

Tim Roth To Attend Q&A for "600 Miles" & "Chronic" @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

  CHRONIC Home hospice-care nurse David Wilson (Tim Roth) tends to his patients with a cold, dedicated proficiency that betrays a desperate inner life. Yearning for connection, he absorbs elements of his patients’ lives as his own, recklessly blurring the line between personal and professional, and holding at bay a devastating secret that threatens to unravel with the appearance of a mysterious young woman.  Acclaimed writer/director Michel Franco follows up his s...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Screens "Hello, My Name Is Doris"

From the film "Hello, My Name is Doris" director Michael Showater along with actors Max Greenfield and Sally Field attend. With her lead role in this engaging new comedy, two-time Oscar® winner Sally Fields shows exactly why she’s been one of the most beloved and respected actresses in American film for over four decades. Doris has devoted her entire adult life to her mother, living with her in their clutter-filled Staten Island home. Now that her mom has passed, Doris fin...

"The Power of Words: Book to Screen" Returns to Palm Springs International Film Festival

BOOK TO SCREEN: THE DANISH GIRL   Black Mass, Carol, The Danish Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Younger to be Featured The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) hosted the 2nd annual two-day symposium “The Power of Words: Book to Screen,” curated by Barbara Keller and Susan Rosser. The event took place on Thursday, January 7 at the Hilton Palm Springs. During the ...

Oscar-Shortlisted Foreign Filmmakers In Conversation @ 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Scott Feinberg   Scott Feinberg, Awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter, joined a number of the directors of this year’s leading candidates for the Foreign Language Oscar race in what was an illuminating discussion encompassing their films, what drives them thematically and creatively and the concurrent blessing and curse that comes with being the subject of “Oscar buzz.”   Directors in attendance included: Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testa...

Variety Honors Will Smith, Charlie Kaufman & "10 Directors To Watch" @ 27th Annual PSIFF

  Will Smith   Charlie Kaufman  Photographer: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX Shutterstock Honorees Will Smith (Concussion), Charlie Kaufman (Anamolisa) and some of the “10 Directors to Watch” including: Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent), Slavek Horak (Home Care), Duke Johnson (Anomalisa), Peter Landesman (Concussion),Laszlo Nemes (Son of Saul), Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) and Elizabeth Wood (White Girl). Other guests included...

"Moor" Starring Shaz Khan to Screen @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

  MOOR is Pakistan’s official entry in the 88th Annual Academy Awards   MOOR, the acclaimed Pakistan feature film starring international actor and Palm Springs resident Shaz Khan and directed by Jamshed Mahmood, will screen at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Jan 1-11.   Moor is Pakistan’s official entry in the 88th Annual Academy Awards after garnering rave reviews at the international film festiv...

Hollywood's Biggest Stars Shine @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Michael Fassbender. Getty Images   Actor Kate Winslet (left); Actors Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender (right). Getty Images Annual Event Welcomed Host Mary Hart and Festival Honorees   Kicking off Awards Season, the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala was held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convention Center hosted by Mary Hart. Honorees were presented with an original Chihuly Glass S...


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