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Palm Springs

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.


'KON-TIKI' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

  ‘Are you a traveler or a tourist?’ That is the question. What Is the difference? A tourist thinks about going home the minute he/she has arrived at his/her destination, whereas a traveler gets so wrapped up in the adventure he/she rarely ever returns home (Paul Bowles’ ‘The Sheltering Sky’). Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl was a true ‘traveler’ and made history with his epic voyage ‘Kon-Tiki’, now a major motion picture nominate...

'Satellite Boy' (2012) at 24th PSIFF. A review!

Director Catriona McKenzie’s Australian film ‘Satellite Boy’ (2012) made its US premier at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival in the ‘New Voices/New Visions’ section. Set in the dry and expansive Australian Outback, the film is a perfect arrival for the theme and mood of the synergetic Aquarian Age, confronting the issues of past, present and future for Australia and the world at large. A young Aboriginal boy, Pete (played by Cameron Wallaby), is c...


-OFFICIAL PSIFF PRESS- 24th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA PRESENTED BY CARTIER Festival Honorees included: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Mychael Danna, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Robert Zemeckis, Sally Field and Tom Hooper. The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, was held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Palm Springs Convention Center hosted by Mary ...

'The Impossible' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

On Saturday January 5th, the PSIFF program 'Talking Pictures' featured actress Naomi Watts on panel where she spoke to a full audience about her work on her latest feature: 'The Impossible' (2012). Watts is best known for her award-winning performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001). Other films include: The Ring (2002), 21 Grams (2004), King Kong (2005), Eastern Promises (2007) and Fair Game (2010). A Spanish production directed by Spain's Juan Antonio Bayon...

Tom Hooper & Eddie Redmayne at 24th PSIFF

  photo by Michael Buckner     LES MISÉRABLES (2012)   On Sunday January 6th at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival, the festival's 'Talking Pictures' program featured director Tom Hooper & actor Eddie Redmayne - Les Misérables (2012)- where they spoke about their journey adapting the epic musical to film. English director Tom Hooper is best known for 'The Damned United' (2009), and his Oscar® winning...

'A Trip' (2011) at 24th PSIFF, 2013.

  The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda held its world premier in Sarajevo last year at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). The film screened in competition and was nominated for Best Film. The film has been nominated for Best Film in several festivals around the world and won the award for Best Feature Film at its national Slovene Film Festival by the Slovene Film Critics Association. It most recently traveled to the 24th Palm Springs International ...

'A Trip' (2011) at 24th PSIFF, 2013. Interview with producer Ales Pavlin

   A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival (TIFF). This year it was chosen by the country of Slovenian as the nation's Oscar submission. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales.  I interviewed Producer Ales Pavlin in Skopje, Macedonia and...

'The Sapphires' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

The international singsong hit ‘The Sapphires’ (2012) held its world premier at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and its North American premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Most recently it screened to audiences at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival where it won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative. The film is about a native Australian all-female soul band that travels to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to uplift the morale of the s...

'Beyond the Hills' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

  Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is a prolific filmmaker with each of his feature films having held premiers at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature ‘Occident’ (2002) screened in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. He later won the Palme d’Or for his film ‘Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days’ (2007). His most recent film ‘Beyond the Hills’ (2012) was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress...

'I Do' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

  ‘I Do’ (2012) by director Glenn Gaylord featured at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film confronts the issue of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). In the film Jack (played by David W. Ross) holds an expired work visa and faces the threat of deportation back to his native England. Jack marries his best friend Ali for a green card to stay in America in order to take care of his fatherless niece, Tara. Jack is gay and falls in love with an architect, Mano; ...

Alan Cumming at 24th PSIFF

Actor Alan Cumming attended the 'Talking Pictures' program for his latest film 'Any Day Now' (2012) at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. Alan spoke about his latest performance as 'Rudy Donatello', a lonely drag queen in an L.A. drag bar set in the 1970's. Rudy masks his abysmal solitude while in drag costume until one day his life is changed by Marco, a young boy with Downs Syndrome, who serendipitously crosses his path. Rudy eventually seeks to b...

'Inuk' at 24th PSIFF

Director Mike Magidson brings Greenland to the world with his stunning film ‘Inuk’ (2012), which screened this past week at the 24th Palm Springs Film Festival. Filmed entirely on location in Greenland, it gives one the sense of having been there after watching this sweeping cinematic masterpiece. With its majestic extensive wide shots of icy landscapes and endless rolling glaciers, it is a visual feast for the eye, a bouquet of contrasts between the timeless and the temporal. Th...

'PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey' at 24th PSIFF

  -OFFICIAL PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL PRESS- Shot with solar power by Ladakhi monk Ngawang Sodpa, the eco film 'PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey' (2012) screened at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film is executive produced by Michelle Yeoh narrated by Daryl Hannah and it is the debut feature project of writer/director Wendy J.N. Lee. Winner of six International Awards, including Best Documentary and Audience Award Winner at three different festivals, 'PAD...

'Best of the Fest' at 24th PSIFF

'Best of the Fest' is a handful of films picked out of the 180 films shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. These are chosen by audiences as favorites of the year's films screened at the festival and are screened again on the last day of the PSIFF; January 14th, 2013. This Life - Some Must Die, So Others Can Live (122 min.) Allez, Eddy! (97 min.) A Royal Affair (137 min.) I Do (91 min.) Inuk (90 min.) English Vinglish (133 min.) Nuala (90 min.) More Than Honey (90 ...

'LA PLAYA D.C.' at 24th PSIFF

Columbian director Juan Andres Arango Garcia’s film ‘LA Playa DC’ (2012) screened at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival in the World Cinema Now category. The film held its premier at 2012 Cannes Film Festival as an official selection of the Un Certain Regard category. DIRECTOR: Juan Andrés Arango Garcia Producer: Jorge Andres Botero, Diana Bustamente Editor: Felipe Guerrero Screenwriter: Juan Andrés Arango Cinematographer: Nicolás Cannicci...

'The Hunt' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

Danish film ‘The Hunt’ (2012) screened at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Director of ‘The Celebration’, 1998, and co-founder of Dogme Films, Denmark) the film is about a modern day witch hunt where the main character ‘Lucas’ (played by Mads Mikkelsen) is innocently accused of child molestation and made an outcast in his hometown. The film won Best Actor award at 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the Ecumenical P...

'The Sapphires' wins Audience Award at 24th PSIFF

Australian film ‘The Sapphires’ (2012) won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. The international singsong hit held its world premier at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and its North American premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film is about a native Australian all-female soul band that travels to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to uplift the morale of the soldiers fighting there,...

'The Cleaner' (2012) wins Best Picture for New Voices/New Visions at 24th PSIFF

EL LIMPIADOR (The Cleaner) by newcomer director Adrian Saba, Peru 2012, won Best Picture for the New Voices/New Visions Award. The PSIFF 'New Voices/New Visions' section awards newcomer directors for outstanding breakthroughs in filmmaking. Synopsis: "In the midst of a mysterious, devastating epidemic, Eusebio – a forensic cleaner who sterilizes the apartments of the dead – discovers an eight-year-old boy hiding in an uninhabited house. A grizzled loner all his life, ...

'Ten Directors to Watch' Variety lunch at PSIFF

   David O Russell On January 6th during the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival, Variety held a lunch honoring director David O Russell ('Silver Linings Playbook', 2012) with the Indie Impact Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Also in attendance at the lunch were the honored directors from '10 Directors to Watch', which sheds light on exceptionally talented new directors from around the world.  The 'ten directors to watch' are: Haifaa Al-Manso...


  SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary 'Beware of Mr. Baker' (2012) screened at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival.   -PALM SPRINGS OFFICIAL PRESS- Director Jay Bulger traveled to South Africa to make a movie about one of the founding fathers of modern rock, Ginger Baker. Ginger is known for playing drums in the bands Cream and Blind Faith, almost as well known as he is for his bad temper. Jay has chronicled this journey in his Directorial debu...

PSIFF 2013

  On January 3rd, 2013 the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival opened with the screening of Spain's Oscar submission film ‘Blancanieves’ (2012) by Spanish director Pablo Berger. The festival runs from January 3rd until the 14th and will host 475 screenings of 180 films from 68 countries over 13 days. More than 130,000 filmgoers from all over the world pack the theaters in what is arguably the nation’s most film-lover friendly film festival and this filmgo...

ShortFest has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Academy

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST RECEIVES $20,000 GRANT FROM ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES AND SCIENCES   The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market, celebrated as one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences to be applied to the 2012 ShortFest Forums.  The 2012 Festival will take place June 19-25.     ShortFest Director Darry...

The Orator! Interview with Tusi Tamasese

  Saili is a small man with a big heart who lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her daughter Litia. Sadly however, the whole family is somewhat of an outcast; Saili because he has been denied his title and Vaaiga because, although her family wants her back, they cast her out years ago. In trying to stay peaceful and to themselves they only aggravate everyone else in the village and their lives as they know it become threatened unless they, namely Saili, speaks up to the pow...

'How Big Is Your Love?' Interview with Fatma Zohra Zamoum

              Algerian director Fatma Zohra Zamoum (‘How Big is Your Love’, 2011); speaks. The film ‘How Big is Your Love’
(Kedach ethabni, 2011) by writer/director/producer Fatma Zohra Zamoum is set in modern Algiers, Algeria. It is a touching tale about a young eight year-old boy, Adel, whose parents are in the midst of an irreconcilable separation, during which time Adel stays with his grandmother. To c...

Interview with Peter Bart

Interview and Movie Clips with PETER BART Thursday, February 9 7:00-8:30 p.m. Rancho Mirage Public Library 71-100 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 This event is FREE! In his 2011 book, “Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex)”, Peter Bart, Vice President and Editorial Director of Variety, provides an insider's, behind-the-scenes look at Paramountduring the "golden age" of the 70's, when the studio produced such classics as “The Godfather”, “...


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