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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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Talking Oscar Pictures at Palm Springs opening day

Talking Pictures: Bohemian Rhapsody + Talk with Actor Rami Malek  Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM PST at the Annenberg Theater : 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, California 92262 Talking Pictures: Roma + conversation w/ Director Alfonso Cuaron Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST at the Palm Springs High School : 2401 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, California 92262 Talking Pictures: If Beale Street Could Talk + Q&A w/ D...

Sharkwater Extinction will play at Palm Springs Fest

Sharkwater Extinction: A powerful sequel to the 2006 multi-award-winning Sharkwater, the late ecologist and activist Rob Stewart’s film continues his quest to expose the illegal international shark fishing industry. Stewart went undercover to investigate the criminal trade of these misunderstood creatures. Producers Brian Stewart and Sandy Stewart, Rob's parents to attend the screening January 4 and 6 ...

Olivia Colman to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress @ 30th Annual PSIFF

Palm Springs, CA - The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Olivia Colman with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for The Favourite at its annual Film Awards Gala. The award will be presented by her co-star in the film Emma Stone. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The...

Ryan Coogler to Receive Honor at Variety 10 Directors to Watch Brunch @ PSIFF

Variety will honor director Ryan Coogler at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Friday, January 4th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. The brunch is presented by AT&T.   The Black Panther director will receive the annual Creative Impact in Directing Award. Previous recipients of this award have included Patty Jenkins, David O. Russell, Charlie Kaufman, Jeff Nichols and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The award celebrates his career, fr...

Interview with Editor/Director Gregory Cusumano for IF ONLY YOU WERE FREE (2018)

  Film editor turned writer/director Gregory Cusumano- known for IN THE DARK (2019), GREY'S ANATOMY (2018) and TEEN WOLF (2012-2016)- made his directorial debut this year with IF ONLY YOU WERE FREE (2018), a dark cautionary succubus tale about loneliness and the lengths lust can lead one, if not tamed. The film held a market screening at the Palm Springs International Shortfest as well as screened at the First Glance Film Festival in LA.   What inspired this story? ...

Interview with Mike Wozniak for SUMP (2017)

Mike Wozniak  Jeany Spark and Gemma Whelan in SUMP.  Actor Mike Wozniak, known for his work in TV series MAN DOWN (2013-2017) and THE MOONSTONE (2016), made his directorial debut with the short film SUMP (2017), a dark and ironic tale set in England after a tragic diving accident. The film screened at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest.  I interviewed Mike about his experience making the film. Here is what he had to say:   Were the events in SUMP based on a...

Ladies in Black: Closing Night Screening at Palm Springs Festival

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Ladies in Black | Closing Night Screening  : January 13, 2019 6:30 PM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Set in Sydney in 1959, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Bruce Beresford takes us back to the heyday of glamorous upscale department stores, when a concierge met you at the door and clerks wore gloves. Country: Australia Year: 2018 Running Time: 109 minutes Premiere St...

Line up of the 30th anniversary of Palm Springs Festival

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced that the festival's opening night will be the screening of All is True directed by Kenneth Branagh on Friday, January 4.  The festival will close with Ladies in Black, directed by Bruce Beresford on Sunday, January 13.  The Festival will screen 223 films from 78 countries, including 48 premieres (4 World, 13 North American and 31 U.S.) from January 3-14, 2019.  The li...

Spike Lee to Receive Career Achievement Award in Palm Springs

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Spike Lee with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.    "Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights ...

PSIFF will present Bradley Cooper with the Director of the Year Award for A Star is Born

  The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bradley Cooper with the Director of the Year Award for A Star is Born at its annual Film Awards Gala.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.    "Bradley Cooper ma...

Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Alfonso Cuarón with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Alfonso Cuarón with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for Roma. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.    "Alfonso Cuarón's latest feat...

Green Book to Receive the Vanguard Award

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the film Green Book with the Vanguard Award at its annual Film Awards Gala.  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.  Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as well as director Peter Farrelly are expected to attend. Green Book joins previousl...

Glenn Close to receive the Icon Award @ The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF)

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The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Glenn Close with the Icon Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for her performance in The Wife.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.   "Glenn Close is a rare and enduring talent who has c...

VIDEO - Watch the new Trailer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival: January 3 -14

Nice trailer, congrats from the entire filmfestivals.com team We included this in our channel of festival trailers https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1K2aYED0lNtLZIOk1xwU6mvm3X7-PkCP  And have promoted on the homepage of filmfestivals.com   https://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/editor/the_film_festivals_trailer_park  ...

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...

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