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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.


James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on 'SAL' (2011)

  James Franco and Val Lauren in Palm Springs for 'SAL' (2011) by PSIFF press James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences. Read some of Franco’s answers to questions below.   JAMES...

A SEPARATION, from 2011 Berlinale to 2012 Oscars!

  A SEPARATION (Iran, 2011) by director Asghar Farhadi Nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, A SEPARATION has been stunning audiences since its open at the 2011 Berlinale last February. Most recently, it screened at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF 2012). Bank employee Nader (played by Peyman Moadi) wants to stay in Iran but his wife Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave. A traditionalist stuck in the past and unable to leave his be...

HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) joins Oscar shortlist!

Director Joseph Cedar's film HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) joined the list of nine foreign films on the 2012 Oscar 'foreign film' shortlist. The film screened at the 23rd Palm Sptings International Film Festival and now will ride its way all the way to the Oscars.   January 18, 2012   FOOTNOTE held its world premier at Cannes last May. Below is a transcription and photos of the Cannes press conference.  PRESS CONFERENCE at 64th Cannes Film Festival fo...


The Belgian film THE INVADER (2011) screened in the 'New Voices/New Visions' category of at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012, wowing audiences with its stunning visual artistry and the magnetic force of newcomer Issaka Sawadogo's stellar performace as Amadou.   At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). I interviewed director Nicolas Provost in Toronto TIF...


VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011), Iceland's official Oscar entry for 2012 screened this week at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in ...

Generation "П" (GENERATION P, 2011), Russia and beyond!

  Generation "П" (GENERATION P, 2011) held its world premier this week at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2012. Based on the book by Russian writer Victor Pelevin, the film is directed by American/Russian director Victor Ginzburg. The film is about Babylen Tatarsky, a copywriter for a major advertising company in the late 90’s in Post-Soviet Russia. Babylen is put to the test by the advertising firm to find the 'new Russian identity'. Well, what see...

Hungarian legend Bela Tarr wins FIPRESCI AWARD at PSIFF for 'The Turin Horse'.

At the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI AWARD went to the Hungarian film 'The Turin Horse' (2011), Hungary 's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the latest and last film by the legendary auteur director Béla Tarr. I interviewed Mr. Tarr, Béla in September while in Reykjavik during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) where he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Golden Puffin Award for greatness in filmmaking from the Ice...

Festival winners for 23rd Palm Springs international Film Festival

Starbuck Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award Best Narrative Feature; The Girls in the Band and Wish Me Away Tie for Audience Award Best Doc Feature; The Turin Horse Receives FIPRESCI Award; The House Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; The Tiniest Place Receives The John Schlesinger Award   The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s award winners at a glamourous luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 15, 20...

23rd Palm Springs Winners announced

23rd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant on Sunday, January 15, 2012.  The Festival, held from January 5-16, 2012, screened 188 films from 73 countries, including 40 of the 63 foreign language entries for this year's Academy Awards®.  Palm Springs' increasingly popular Festival continues to...

Romanian Oscar Entry 'Morgen' at PSIFF

    Question: What do you get when you mix ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ (USA, 1987) and ‘The Visitor’ (USA, 2007), minus all sex and violence? Answer: Something a little bit like ‘MORGEN’ (2010, Romania) by Romanian director Marian Crisan, but also totally different.   There is almost nil violence in this film; rather, it is paradoxical in its nature using a very tough subject of much heated contention and portraying it in such a gracef...

'Forgiveness of Blood' at Palm Springs

              photo still from 'THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD' (2011)   Director Joshua Marston's latest film, THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (2011), screened this week in Palm Springs during the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Marston once again impresses audiences with his one-of-a-kind filmic verisimilitude. Similar to his international hit MARIA FULL OF GRACE (2004), which was filmed in Col...

Arabian Nights in Palm Springs

  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

'Salmon Fishing' in Palm Springs

  “SALMON FISHING IN TH E YEMEN ” AT 2012 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL At the open of PSIFF on January 05, 2012, actress Emily Blunt came to present her latest film, Salmon Fishing In Yemen (2011). The film opened in Toronto at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and opened the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Ewan McGregor, Kristen Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt star in the feature film with based on Paul Torday’s acclaimed nove...

Michael Douglas will receive Icon award tonight at Palm Springs Film Festival

by Marla Lewin Michael Douglas will receive the icon award tonight at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  Then on Sunday he will attend the Golden Globes, where he is nominated for his role as Gordon Grekko, in Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps.  Oliver Stone was here on Saturday night to give an award to Carey Mulligan at the Awards Gala, she played Michaels' daughter in the film.  Palm Springs is the festival that keeps on giving.  Santa Barbara Film Festival gave a Michael a spe...

Nik Xhelilaj new albanian Shooting Star of "The Albanian"

Nik Xhelilaj, star of "The Albanian"   "The Albanian" by debut German director Johannes Naber is a gripping study, not only of illegal immigration into Germany, but of age-old tribal customs In the backwood mountains of Albania which still heavily constrict the lives of young people and blood feuds are the norm. Handsome Arben a mountain villager is in love with Etleva, a fetching hay-pitching lass from a neighboring clan, and wants to marry her, but there is a ...

Palm Springs in full swing with Polish triple play

The treasure chest of film choices this year at Palm Springs is so well stocked that the visiting film critic is faced with the dilemma of choice at every turn. Monday, day number five, three important Polish films were stacked up back to back; Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", Jan Kidawa-Blonski's "Little Rose" and "All That I love", a debut entry by Jacek Borcuch. Skolimowski and Kidawa-Blonski, both veteran Polish directors, are guests of the fest and we...

Mercedes-Benz Green-Chic Vehicles Deliver at Palm Springs International Film Festival's Red Carpet

As the official vehicle of the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz provided environmentally friendly luxury vehicles for Hollywood's elite. The Festival, which runs from January 6-17, 2011, starts the winter awards season with a spectacular program of films and a celebrity filled red-carpet gala. The two week celebration of films kicked-off with the Gala Awards Dinner on January 8th, where celebrity presenters and honorees such as Amy Adams, Mark Wah...

Wahlberg to Receive Variety's Indie Impact Award at Palm Springs Festival

After 14 years, Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" will have a new home at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The event will take place on Sunday, January 9 on the Palm Court at the Parker Palm Springs, where Variety will present actor Mark Wahlberg with the Indie Impact Award, which celebrates a performer and filmmaker able to cross over to mainstream studio successes without losing that dynamic drive and vision which first brought the artist to the global film spotli...

Palm Springs Opening Ceremony, 'Potiche'

  Potiche France, 2010, 103 Minute Running Time US Premiere Topics: Comedy, Gay/Lesbian Language: French Catherine Deneuve commands the screen with a regal wink as Suzanne Bujol, a trophy wife ("potiche") whose mettle is tested when catastrophe strikes in her husband's umbrella factory. Under the assured direction of prolific French filmmaker François Ozon, this stylish French farce is an irresistible romp through 1970s kitsch, politics and female eman...

Palm Springs International ShortFest Extends Submission Deadline

The Palm Springs International ShortFest has extended the deadline for film submissions to April 5, 2010. For entry forms and information visit ...

Palm Springs Shorts Film Festival

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL & FILM MARKET June 23 – 29, 2009   Call for Entries Regular Deadline: March 27, 2009 Late Deadline: April 24, 2009 Online entry form Contact Info   For more information contact: Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 3 Palm Springs, California 92262 USA Tel: (760) 322-2930 Fax: (760) 322-4087 Website: E-mai...

2009 Palm Springs Festival of Short Films calling for entries

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL & FILM MARKET June 23 - 29, 2009 Call for Entries Regular Deadline: March 27, 2009 Late Deadline: April 24, 2009 Online entry form Contact Info For more information contact: Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 3 Palm Springs, California 92262 USA Tel: (760) 322-...


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