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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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Of Horses and Men (Hross i oss) Iceland, 2013. US premier at 25th PSIFF

Of Horses and Men (Hross i oss) Iceland, 2013, 80 Minute Running Time. US Premiere at 25th PSIFF.  Topics: Black Comedy, Cult Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film Language: Icelandic English Sub-Titles Awards: Nominated: Kutxa – New Director Award This very dry, very Icelandic comedy is a country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced with immense consequences. Through several interlinked short episode...

25th PSIFF opened January 3rd, 2014 to US premier Amma Asante's "Belle".

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) opened on January 3rd, 2014 with the US premier of "Belle" directed by Amma Asante, and screenings playing throughout the day.  The Festival opened with the US premiere screening of Belle (UK), followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Directed by Amma Asante, Belle is a period drama inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy, stationed...

Chile's Oscar Submission for 2013, GLORIA, will screen @ 25th Annual PSIFF

  Written by Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, directed by Lelio, “Gloria” stars Paulina García. Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo.  Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair ...

The Documentary Film PURGATORIO will screen as Official Selection at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Documentary Film PURGATORIO will screen as Official Selection at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival *** Rodrigo Reyes’ Riveting Film Is a Provocative Meditation that Captures the Brutal Beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Reyes’ provocative documentary reimagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By ...

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN will be playing at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN - Belgium's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2013 Academy Awards® - will be playing at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival. THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is a portrait of the great love affair between tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens, “The White Queen”) and bluegrass musician Didier (Johan Heldenbergh). After bonding over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, they dive headfirst into a sweepi...

PSIFF 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 Palm Springs, CA (January 2, 2014) – 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...

2014 PSIFF ANNOUNCES AWARDS BUZZ, CANADIAN CINEMA AND MODERN MASTERS FILM PROGRAMS

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2014 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS BUZZ, CANADIAN CINEMA AND MODERN MASTERS FILM PROGRAMS   The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), scheduled January 3-13, 2014, announced a new program focusing on Canadian Cinema, as well as films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section, and Modern Masters. The Festival will screen 45 of the 76 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Be...

VARIETY TO HONOR JOHN LEE HANCOCK, JONAH HILL AND “10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH” AT 2014 PSIFF.

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  VARIETY TO HONOR JOHN LEE HANCOCK, JONAH HILL AND “10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH” AT 2014 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL John Lee Hancock to Receive the Variety Creative Impact in Directing Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Jonah Hill to receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Variety will present director John Lee Hancock with the Creative Impact in Directing Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz, which celebrates the filmmaker for h...

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 GALAS, NEW VOICES/NEW VISIONS, PREMIERES AND ARCHIVAL TREASURES

“Belle” to Open Fest and “Le Week-End” to Close Fest Festival to Showcase Films Featuring Juliette Binoche, Jim Broadbent, Billy Crystal, Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney, Jessica Lange, Mélanie Laurent, Elizabeth Olsen, Clive Owen, Jean Reno, Isabella Rossellini, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson and Many Others The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announces its complete l...

MERYL STREEP TO RECEIVE THE ICON AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PSIFF AWARDS GALA

The legendary Meryl Streep in the late 1970's   The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Meryl Streep with the Icon Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Icon Award honors a creative talent who, through the course of his or her career, has created a body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement in the motion picture art form. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honore...

25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENS FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCAR® SHORTLIST

    25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENS FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCAR® SHORTLIST The 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen all nine films selected to advance in the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®. The Festival, held from January 3-13, 2014, will screen 46 of the 76 films that had originally qualified in this category. The films, listed in alphabetical ord...

LUPITA NYONG’O AND THOMAS NEWMAN TO BE HONORED AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

       LUPITA NYONG’O AND THOMAS NEWMAN TO BE HONORED AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (December 9, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for 12 Years a Slave and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Saving Mr. Banks at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will als...

AMERICAN HUSTLE TO RECEIVE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE AWARD AT 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

  AMERICAN HUSTLE TO RECEIVE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE AWARD AT 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA   The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will award its Ensemble Performance Award to the film American Hustle. The award will honor the film’s cast, which includes Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra B...

JULIA ROBERTS TO RECEIVE SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE JULIA ROBERTS TO RECEIVE SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (November 22, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Julia Roberts with the Spotlight Award for August: Osage County at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to pre...

STEVE McQUEEN TO RECEIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

  McQueen at the premiere of 12 Years a Slaveat the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE STEVE McQUEEN TO RECEIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Steve McQueen with the Director of the Year Award for 12 Years a Slave at its annual Awards...

BRUCE DERN TO RECEIVE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

 Bruce Dern at Cannes Film Festival, 2013 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE   BRUCE DERN TO RECEIVE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (November 19, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bruce Dern with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be hel...

Sandra Bullock TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    -PALM SPRINGS INT. FILM FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE- SANDRA BULLOCK, STAR OF ACCLAIMED HIT GRAVITY, TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA   Palm Springs, CA (November 15, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at its annual Awards Gala. Each ...

'Breakaway' (2012). Interview with director Ian Loreños

The film ‘Breakaway’ (2012) by the breakout director Ian Loreños is a gripping and heart-wrenching story about the love of a father for his son. Told in a succinct and seamless narrative, this is a real-like ‘Taken’ story about trafficking in modern day Manila, Philippines. 'Robert Lim' (Jericho Rosales) is a frustrated and anxious, albeit loving, father raising his motherless son 'Brian' alone. Despite a genuine love for his son, Robert is beset ...

'THE DEEP' (2012).

Iceland’s official Oscar entry for 2012 ‘The Deep’ (Djúpið Iceland, 2012), directed by native Icelander Baltasar Kormákur (‘Contraband’, 2012; 'Two Guns', 2013), tells the true story of a seemingly impossible survival after a terrible sea squall off the coast of Iceland. In 1984, a fishing boat named ‘Breki’ took to sea and was completely destroyed during a disastrous storm. All souls on deck perished, save one- ‘Gulli&r...

2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest: offers reduced rate for filmfestivals.com readers, final deadline is April 8th

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  PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL & FILM MARKET June 18-24, 2013 Call for Entries We are happy  to extend a special FilmFestivals.com rate for any reader who submit their film to ShortFest. Our Early Submission rate was valid from December 17, 2012 to January 21, 2013, however we will extend that rate to any of you readers if you follow the instructions (att...

"Sadourni’s Butterflies" 
("Las Mariposas de Sadourni", 2012) at 24th PSIFF

"Sadourni’s Butterflies" 
("Las Mariposas de Sadourni", 2012) is the first feature film by Argentinian director Dario Nardi. The film made its international premier at the 10th Dubai Film Festival and its North American premier at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival in the 'New Voices/New Visions' section. It most recently screened at the EFM market during the 63rd Berlinale. Nardi began work on the film fifteen years ago in 1998 until at last...

'Inch’ Allah' (2012) at 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival

Inch’ Allah. 
Canada, 2012. Canadian filmmaker Anais Barbeau-Lavalette’s film “Inch'Allah” is about a Quebecer female doctor ‘Chloe’ (played by Evelyne Brochu) working for the Red Cross in a Palestinian refugee camp in Ramallah who finds herself in the midst of war. Every day she crosses the border between the Israeli side of the border where she lives, to the Palestinian side where she works, witness to the quotidian horror of this tragic divide. La...

'Caesar Must Die' at 24th PSIFF

Winner of last year’s Golden Bear Award for Best Film in Berlin 2012 was the Italian film ‘Cesare Deve Morire’ (Caesar Must Die, 2012). Directed by art-house filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos), the film is set in the Rebibbia prison in Rome and tells the story about a group of prisoners (from murderers to mafia) who love Shakespeare so much that they perform the play ‘Julius Caesar’ from within their jail ce...

'War Witch: Rebelle' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

Arguably one of the most talked about films on the 2012 international festival circuit was the extreme realism drama ‘War Witch' (aka 'Rebelle’), 2012. Written and directed by Kim Nguyen, the film is in French and Lingala and filmed on location in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Film for the 85th Academy Awards, ‘War Witch: Rebelle’ tells the story of Komona (Rachel Mwanza) who is kidnapped by Congolese guerilla soldiers....

'A Royal Affair' (2012) at the 24th PSIFF

Leave it to the Danish, once again. The little country between Sweden and Germany is a giant when it comes to international cinema. With its national cinema state funded by the DFI (Danish Film Institute), Denmark has been a mainstay on the cinema scene for decades, having produced some of the world’s most influential and greatest directors of contemporary film- Carl Th. Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928; Vampyr, 1932), Erik Balling (Qivitoq, 1956), Gabriel Axel (Babette’s ...

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