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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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Documentary “Salt of the Earth” (2014) by Wim Wenders @ 26th PSIFF

The Salt of the Earth. France, 2014, 100 Minute Running Time Documentary “Salt of the Earth” (2014) by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribero Salgado about the life work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado screened in the True Stories section of the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival, which took place from 2-12 January. The film follows Salgado's life from the time he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado left their native Brazil, then under mil...

Charlie's Country @ 26th PSIFF

Charlie’s Country. Australia, 2014, 108 Minute Running Time "Charlie's Country" (2014) by Dutch/Australian director Rolf de Heer screened in the Awards Buzz section at the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival. “Charlie's Country” tells the story of 'Blackfella Charlie', an aboriginal man who is marginalized and discriminated against by domineering whites in his Australian village. The police are always on his back to forget his tra...

26th PSIFF Festival Winners.

  Corn Island (Simindis kundzuli). Georgia, 2014, 100 Minute Running Time   26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Winners: Selma Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; Keep On Keepin’ On Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Doc Feature. Leviathan Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Haluk Bilginer and Anne Dorval Receive FIPRESCI Acting Prizes; No One’s Child Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; Flowers Recei...

26th PSIFF 27 Films Cine Latino Award

  Flowers (Loreak). Spain, 2014, 99 Minute Running Time The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) 27 films that were eligible for the Cine Latino Award were presented in the Ibero-American section at the Festival. Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner, 'Flowers', received a $10,000 cash prize.   “What does it mean to be Latino or Ibero-American?...

26th PSIFF Presents Actor J.K. Simmons With Spotlight Award

  The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presents J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala presented awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala was held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12. “Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of roles from tough guys...

'90 Days' (2014). Interview with Director Timothy Yeung

Toronto based filmmaker Timothy Yeung has wowed audiences worldwide with his breakthrough award-winning short film '90 Days' (2014). The film is a comment on the dark side of contemporary Hong Kong where many arrive with big dreams for a new life but end up finding only hardship and a fight for survival. '90 Days' is the length of time Li jan, a young female Chinese immigrant, has on her Hong Kong tourist visa to make a new life for herself. Sadly, during her quest and urge...

'One Armed Man' (2014). Interview with Director Tim Guinee

Actor/writer/director Tim Guinee, who has starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife recently made his directorial debut with short film One Armed Man (2014) by writer Horton Foote. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film at the USA Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Nominee at SXSW, amongst others. The film was executive produced by Tim's close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and is dedicated to his memory. One Armed Man is the story of CW Rowe, wealthiest man i...

'Aban +Khorshid'. Interview with producer Tommee May

It is hard to imagine that even today we live in a world full of hate and intolerance, especially in matters of love. While many still argue about the morality of homosexuality all over the world, some have become martyrs in places where same sex love is punishable by death. "Aban + Khorshid" tells the true story of two young men who were executed for being homosexual and merely for loving each other. Tommee May’s short film "Aban + Khorshid" screened at the Cannes Fi...

The Tide Keeper (2014). Interview with filmmaker Alyx Duncan.

  “Who knows how to stem the tide except through dreams?” Stunning short film 'The Tide Keeper' (2014) by New Zealand newcomer Alyx Duncan is a mesmerizing metaphor of the concept of time through the movements of the tides. Have you ever felt the panicked sensation of time running out and you not accomplishing what you feel you need to do in the short time you have on this earth? Duncan's film emits the feeling of choking anxiety of lost time through breathtaking...

'A Truth in Silence' (2014). Interview with writer/producer Felipe Pina

  Based on true events, American writer/producer Felipe Pina's short film 'A Truth in Silence' (2014) takes a peak inside a mother's life who lived under domestic abuse for 17 years. The film participated at this year's Palm Springs International Shortfest film market and most recently chosen for official selection at the LA International Shortfest.   I interviewed Felipe about his film, which is inspired by his mother's life. Here is what he had to say: M...

'Time to Kill' @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

"Time to Kill" (2014) by director Justin Rettke is a short film about the long wait of a hitman as he spends all night inside his target's apartment anxiously anticipating his return home. The film most recently screened at the prestigious 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Interview with Cindy Hong, Justin Rettke, and Christopher Wood on 'Time to Kill': ME: You are a producer of the film. How was it brought to you and what made you feel you wanted to he...

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) (Brazil) by writer/director Toti Loureiro screened at the 20th Palm Springs International Shortfest. Made on a shoestring budget, the film wowed audiences for its gritty realism and naked truth about hard social life in Brazil's metropolis Sao Paolo. Paulo is a Paulista (native of Sao Paulo) who begins an affair with his maid, Maria. The two of them begin to feel growing emotions for each other as their intimacy intensifies but when Paolo ...

2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Festival Winners

Carry On Receives Best of the Festival Award Whisker Receives Future Filmmaker Award; Dragula, Showfolk and Bendik & the Monster Receive Audience Awards Joanna, 90 Days and Tyres Each Receive 2 Awards. PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 22, 2014) – Celebrating its 20th birthday, the 2014 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 22, 2014. 330 short films screened through...

Forums and Panels of 20th Edition Palm Springs Shortfest

Master Classes with Ted Hope and Allison &Tiffany Anders; Representatives from Anonymous Content, CAA, CSA, ICM Partners, Karga Seven Pictures, Nickelodeon, Participant Media, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, TNT, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International 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...

"The Palace That I Live In" at 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Last year at the end of February, Aimée-Lee Curran (director), Mark Sims (producer) and Lâle Teoman (writer/actress) set out to make a short film entitled "The Palace That I Live In". They raised the funds for the film via the crowd funding platform Pozible and short on a rural property in Bathurst, Australia over four days, with three actors, nine crew, six dogs and a mouse. The film will held its world premiere today June 21st as a part of the Dreamscapes program. Pa...

True Stories: PLOT FOR PEACE (2013) @ 25th PSIFF

"Playing with cards is like life itself. You don't play with the cards you wish you had, but with the hand you're dealt." Jean-Yves Ollivier (October 8, 1944). The film PLOT FOR PEACE (2013) tells the story of Algerian born Jean-Yves Ollivier and his work as a French unofficial diplomat between Europe and Africa in the 1980’s. He has worked as a well-connected businessman for underdeveloped growing markets for over 40 years and was a personal advisor to Jacques Chirac....

The Broken Circle Breakdown nominated for Foreign-language Oscar

    The Broken Circle Breakdown nominated for Foreign-language Oscar BEVERLY HILLS/BRUSSELS, 16 January 2014. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, which is representing Belgium at the Academy Awards, is among the five films nominated for this year’s Best Foreign-language Oscar, it was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) today. The film is Belgium’s seventh nomination in this category. The winners of the 86th...

25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Wraps. Dates Announced for 2015.

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (January 13, 2014) – On the heels of its successful Silver Anniversary, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced dates for next year. The 26th annual Festival will take place from January 2-12, 2015. Opening on Friday, January 2, the Festival will screen its opening movie Friday evening, with a party to follow at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The annual Awards Gala will...

25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Awards

  Lakshmi Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Receives Audience Award for Best Doc Feature; The Broken Circle Breakdown Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Mads Mikkelsen and Bérénice Bejo Receive FIPRESCI Acting Prizes; Medeas Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; Heli and Living is Easy With Eyes Closed Receive Cine Latino Award; Finding Vivian Maier&n...

Mexico's Oscar submission film 'HELI' (2013) screens @ the 25th PSIFF in Best of the Fest

Mexico's Oscar submission film 'HELI' (2013) screens @ the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival in Best of the Fest.   Palm Springs Best of the Fest. The Best of Fest Schedule, January 13, 2014 is made up of audience favorites and films which have received a jury award.    Anyone who has seen the film agrees that HELI is heavy… The film opens with a bloody teenaged boy beaten by thugs and hung to death from a bridge with his pants down. HELI ...

Bank of America Awards Palms Springs International Film Society $30,000.

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Bank of America Awards Palms Springs International Film Society $30,000. Funding supports Student Screening Day and brings world-class films to 1,100 high school students PALM SPRINGS, CA - The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced a donation of $30,000 to Palm Springs International Film Society in an effort to continue support of Student Screening Day. For the last six years, Bank of America has been the presenting sponsor of this event. “We are proud to support the 25th annu...

U2 Receives Sonny Bono Visionary Award @ 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

U2 Receives Sonny Bono Visionary Award @ 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presented U2 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala also presented awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and the cast of American Hustle. Presented by Cartier and...

Hollywood's Biggest Stars Shine at the Desert @ 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Cartier Gala.

Hollywood's Biggest Stars Shine at the Desert @ 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Cartier Gala. Sandra Bullock received the Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for Gravity presented by her Hope Floats co-star Gena Rowlands.   View Video of event here: http://www.epklink.com/25thpalmspringsfilmfest Kicking off the 2014 Awards Season, the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, was held Saturday, January 4,...

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN COMPETITION FOR 2014 CINE LATINO AWARD

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN COMPETITION FOR 2014 CINE LATINO AWARD The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announces 21 films eligible for the Cine Latino Award, which will be presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the Festival. Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner will receive a $7,500 cash prize. PSIFF is scheduled to run January 3-13...

“TRANSIT” (2013) is the Philippines’ Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar. Screens @ the 25th PSIFF

“TRANSIT” (2013) is the Philippines’ Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar. Screens @ the 25th PSIFF Filipino drama TRANSIT, which marks the debut of director Hannah Espia. The Tagalog and Hebrew-language film, which depicts the plight of Filipino immigrants in Israel, was written by Espia and Giancarlo Abrahan and was produced by Paul Soriano and Ernest Escaler, with Liza Araneta Marcos as Associate Producer. The cast includes Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Mercedes Ca...

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