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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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Alicia Vikander (THE DANISH GIRL) to Receive Rising Star Award @ 27th Annual PSIFF

Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Alicia Vikander with the Rising Star Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala will be hosted by Mary Hart with presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festiva...

Michael Fassbender to Receive International Star Award @ 27th Annual PSIFF Award Gala

  Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Michael Fassbender with the International Star Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala will be hosted by Mary Hart, with presenting sponsor “Entertainment Tonight,” on Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Conventio...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Awards Buzz Program

Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), scheduled January 1-11, 2016, announced the films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section. The Festival will screen 40 of the 80 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. Additional film programs will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The Awards Buzz section is selected by Festival programmers as the strongest ...

Director Tom McCarthy to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award @ the 27th PSIFF

Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. McCarthy will join previously announced 2016 honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mar...

Cate Blanchett to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award @ 27th Annual PSIFF

Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Cate Blanchett with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala for her performances in both Carol and Truth. This is the first award announced for the festival. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Sprin...

Saoirse Ronan to Receive International Star Award at 27th Annual PSIFF

  SAOIRSE RONAN TO RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL STAR AWARD AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA   Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Saoirse Ronanwith the International Star Award at its annual Awards Gala.  The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and com...

Johnny Depp to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award @ 27th PSIFF Awards Gala

Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in “Black Mass.” Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11....

Interview With Luc Walpoth For Sci-Fi Film REPLIKA (2015)

REPLIKA (2015) by Swiss filmmaker Luc Walpoth held its North American premiere at the 2015 Palm Springs Shortfest. "When humanity turns functional, the heart of machines beats louder." Summary: In 2061, following a virus that decimated half of the world’s population, humans are compelled to take a daily vaccine making them sterile. To cope with their incapacity to give life, couples buy young androids who grow up with them. Amy, a loving mother is forced to terminate her only...

Interview with Brendan Beachman for INTERSECTION (2015)

INTERSECTION (2015) by Brendan Beachman held its world premiere @ Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015 Synopsis - Intersection is a short dark comedy about two road construction workers flagging for non-existent vehicles on a remote, desert intersection. The monotony of their day is smashed by the violent arrival of an object from the sky.   In a recent interview with Brendan, here is what he had to say about his film: What inspired you to make a film about two guys in the middle...

Interview With Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur On SELLING ROSARIO (2015)

SELLING ROSARIO (2015) by Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur @ Palm Springs International Shorfest. Synopsis: A family of migrant workers send their 12-year-old daughter and her outlaw cousin into the night on the promise of a stranger. Selling Rosario tells the story of a young girl growing up in a migrant labor camp and her parents' risky plan to get her out of an unsafe, squalid environment. They believe almost any place else would be better for her to grow up. We meet Rosario and her...

Interview With Dane Hansen For 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Dane Hansen's 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest Synopsis: "‘A New You’ is a short romantic comedy that calls in question the line between loyalty and love when the wingman, Jay, falls for the girl he is trying to pick up for his introverted friend."   In a recent interview with Dane about his film, here is what he had to say:   Were your characters inspired by real ones or are they each a part of your own personality? I ...

Interview with Barbara Cigarroa on MARTA ROSA (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

  MARTA ROSA (2015), a short film by Barbara Cigarroa, won the Panavision Best North American Short and Best Student Live Action short 15 Minutes and Under prizes at Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Synopsis: Immediately following the death of her young child, Marta Rosa, a rural, Mexican woman, must struggle to persevere through both her own internal grief and the harsh realities of the external world around her.   I...

Interview With Director Michael Goode's THE ANSWERS (2015) @ Palm Springs Shortfest

Director Michael Goode's THE ANSWERS (2015), a film about every question you’ve had about your life in 8 minutes or less. Synopsis: A man wakes up in the afterlife -- alone in a pure white nowhere -- faced with an all-knowing light that shows the answers to all the questions he’s ever had about his life. Who stole his bike in 7th grade? How many people did he meet? Who was his perfect match? The answers ultimately reveal connections and missed opportunities that change the way...

Interview With O-STAR (2015) Writer/Director/Producer Dima Otvertchenko

O-STAR (2015) by Writer/Director/Producer Dima Otvertchenko. Good-natured country boy Rudy is 19 when he discovers that life on Earth may end this week. But the worst part's already happened: His girlfriend just dumped him. Now he has just a few days to discover what it ever meant to be in love in the first place. Told through fantastical music videos, 'O-Star' features a core cast of actor-singers performing 7 original pop-punk rock songs, hearkening back to 'American Idiot o...

Interview with Michael Phillis on MINI SUPREME (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest.

MINI SUPREME (2015) by Writer/Director Michael Phillis: SYNOPSIS: Jeremie has a hard time being a grown-up. When his childish behavior gets him fired from his stuffy corporate job, he hatches a plan to use immaturity to his advantage. Enlisting the aid of Dominika, his dour Russian landlady, Jeremie sews, preens, plucks, and bedazzles himself into “Jennie Jo,” a seven-year-old pageant princess with a (fictional) growth disorder. Disguised as mother and daughter, Dominika and Jerem...

Interview With Director Amos Geva for THE TOUR GUIDE (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

THE TOUR GUIDE (2015) by Amos Geva @ Palm Springs International Shortfest Synopsis: A look at the life and work of an Israeli immigrant to Germany who gives ‘Holocaust’ tours at key historical sites.   In an interview with Amos Geva about his film, here is what he had to say:   How did you meet Nirit, your tour guide? Can you tell the story of how you went about telling this story?   I met nirit while working on research for a film about the German-Je...

BOY RAZOR (2015) by Peter Pontikis @ Palm Springs Short Film Festival.

Synopsis: A bullied boy tries to get even with his tormentors by sticking a razorblade through a crack in a waterslide. When he realizes his revenge is out of proportion he starts a race against time to set things right.   In an interview with Peter during the festival, here is what he had to say:   What was the inspiration behind this story and was it based on an actual event? I'm really not sure that it was an actual event, but growing up I heard about something similar to...

2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest Festival Winners

Marta Rosa (USA/Mexico), Barbara Cigarroa"Carry On" Receives Best of the Festival Award "Submarine" Receives Future Filmmaker Award; "The Way of Tea", "Body Team 12" and "Bear Story" Receive Audience Awards; The 2015 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 21, 2015. 330 short films screened throughout the Festiva...

Palm Springs Shortfest Forums with a keynote from Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman Serves as Keynote Speaker; Representatives from Anonymous Content, The Black List, CAA, CSA, Fandor, ICM Partners, IndieGogo, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many others The Palm Springs International ShortFest is best known for its award-winning film shorts, but each year the Festival also welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for the ShortFest Forums’ Panels and Roundtables. Academy Award nominated director ...

2015 Palm Springs Shortest Kicks Off With Opening Night Films

WHO: Expected to attend Opening Night are: Director Adriano Valentini (The Age of Insecurity: Little Men), Director Alexis Van Stratum (Albertine), Director Michael Phillis and Producer Alexa Fraser-Herron, (Mini Supreme), Producer A.J. Kelly (Warning Labels). ShortFest Programming and Executive Director Darryl Macdonald, Forums Producer Helen du Toit, and filmmakers from around the world. WHAT: This year’s opening night screening titled “Make ‘Em Laugh” on Tuesday, Ju...

Palm Springs International Shortfest Line-Up For 2015

Festival to Showcase Shorts Directed by Katie Holmes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tara Fitzgerald and Starring Troian Bellisario, John Cusack, Loretta Devine, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Patrick Fugit, Janeane Garofalo, Kat Graham, Richard E. Grant, Matt Groening, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate Mara, Rose McGowan, Sandra Oh, Jason Patric, Zachary Quinto, Amber Tamblyn, Danny Trejo, Rufus Wainwright and Kristen Wiig Palm Springs, CA, June 2015 – It’s time to put on your shorts for the 2015 Palm S...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced that the dates of next year’s festival will be January 1-11, 2016, for the 27th edition.   The festival will host a New Year’s Eve celebration for all attending festival guests on Dec. 31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival will begin on Frid...

"Concrete Night" (Betoniyö) at 26th PSIFF

One of my favorite films at this year's festival was undoubtedly 'Concrete Night' (Betoniyö), 2013, by Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo. Stunningly shot in black and white, this noir anti-coming-of-age story is about a 14-year-old, Simo, who prematurely becomes a tormented young man overnight. While most young adults the same age are enjoying the carefree life of high-school, friends and the opposite sex, Simo faces the dark side of life through a series of escalated traumati...

26th PSIFF Spotlight on Central and Eastern European Filmmaking

  Czech Republic, 2014, 100 Minute Running Time The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which took place from 2-12 January 2015, held a spotlight on Central and Eastern European filmmaking in a special focus titled Eastern Promises. This year, the region boasted some of the strongest-ever candidates for the upcoming Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®, a mature generation of auteurs who are assuming the mantle of masters, and a new generation who...

26th PSIFF Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

  The 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) screened eight of the nine films selected to advance in the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The Festival, which was held from held from January 2-12, 2015, screened 50 of the films that had originally qualified in this category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: · Wild Tales (Argentina), Director Damián Szifrón &...

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