Palm Springs International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Palm Springs International Film Festival
SINCE: 1990
WHERE: Palm Springs, California, U.S.
WEBSITE: www.psfilmfest.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Palm Springs International Film Festival has a well-established reputation as one of the most prestigious and well-attended film festivals in the country. The Festival has long secured its place on the world stage as the portal for the very best in world cinema, welcoming more than 136,000 enthusiastic filmgoers to Palm Springs every January.

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Complete Line-up of Premieres, New Voices/New Visions Competition and Modern Masters

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Complete Line-up of Premieres, New Voices/New Visions Competition and Modern Masters

The 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) running from January 1-11, 2016 in Palm Springs, California, announced its line-up of Premieres, New Voices/New Visions competition and Modern Masters. “I am thrilled at the breadth and depth of this year’s program,” said Festival Artistic Director Helen du Toit. “While Modern Masters showcases such widely acclaimed filmmakers as as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Barbara Kopple and Terence Davies, our New Voices/New Visions program is evidence that new masters […]

Alicia Vikander ‘The Danish Girl’ To Receive Rising Star Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Alicia Vikander ‘The Danish Girl’ To Receive Rising Star Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Alicia Vikander with the Rising Star Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Festival runs January 1-11. “In The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander delivers a superb performance as Gerda Wegener, the wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “She projects so much love and pain as she goes on a journey with Lili during an era when there was no […]

40 Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film to Compete for FIPRESCI Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

40 Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film to Compete for FIPRESCI Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 27th 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 entries in […]

Michael Fassbender “Steve Jobs” to Receive International Star Award, Actor at 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Michael Fassbender “Steve Jobs” to Receive International Star Award, Actor at 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Michael Fassbender will be presented with the International Star Award, Actor at the upcoming 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) taking place January 1 to 11, 2016. “Throughout his career Michael Fassbender has brought to life riveting performances on the screen in films such as Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Inglorious Basterds and Prometheus,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Steve Jobs, Fassbender delivers another stunning performance of subtlety and […]

SPOTLIGHT director Tom McCarthy to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

SPOTLIGHT director Tom McCarthy to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Spotlight director Tom McCarthy (seated, far right) will be presented with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual Awards Gala of the upcoming 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). The 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 1 to 11, 2016. “Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed Spotlight, a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church,” said Festival Chairman […]

Brie Larson “Room” to Receive Breakthrough Performance Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Brie Larson “Room” to Receive Breakthrough Performance Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Brie Larson with the Breakthrough Performance Award at its Awards Gala. The Festival runs January 1 to 11, 2016. “Brie Larson breathes vibrant life into the character of Ma from Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel Room. Larson delivers a performance of great warmth, deep reserves of courage and strong empathy as a committed parent determined to make sure her son is taken care of under […]

Johnny Depp “Black Mass” to Receive Actor Award at 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Johnny Depp “Black Mass” to Receive Actor Award at 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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. The Festival runs January 1-11, 2016. “Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Black Mass, Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous […]

Saoirse Ronan ‘BROOKLYN’ to Receive International Star Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Saoirse Ronan ‘BROOKLYN’ to Receive International Star Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Saoirse Ronan with the International Star Award at the upcoming Festival running January 1 to 11, 2016. “From her unforgettable roles in Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel, we have seen Saoirse Ronan grow from a young girl to the accomplished actress she is today,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In John Crowley’s new film Brooklyn, Ronan gives a mesmerizing […]

Cate Blanchett to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Cate Blanchett to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Two-time Academy Award Winning Actress Cate Blanchett will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at the upcoming 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival for her amazing performances in “Carol” and “Truth”. The festival runs January 1 to 11, 2016. Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, follows two women from very different backgrounds, unhappily married Carol (Blanchett) and department store clerk Therese (Rooney Mara), who find themselves in an […]

“Selma” to Open, “Boychoir” to Close 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival

“Selma” to Open, “Boychoir” to Close 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will open on Friday, January 2 with the Golden Globe nominated Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the US premiere of Boychoir directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on 20 films from Eastern Europe in a program titled Eastern Promises. The festival runs January 2-12, 2015.

Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon

Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon

2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards, David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon,

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) which runs January 2 to 12, 2015, will present awards to David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. 

50 Best Foreign Language Film Official Submissions to Oscars on Lineup for 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival

50 Best Foreign Language Film Official Submissions to Oscars on Lineup for 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), scheduled January 2-12, 2015, announced the films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section.  The Festival will screen 50 of the 83 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. 

 The following 50 films are selected to screen (in alphabetical order by country):

Oscar Shortlisted THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN Wins Top Juried Award at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Oscar Shortlisted THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN Wins Top Juried Award at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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The 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s juried award winners of the Festival, held from January 3 to13, 2014.  From the 46 of the 76 official Foreign Language submissions to the Academy Awards screened at this year’s Festival, the Oscar shortlisted THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (Belgium), directed by Felix van Groeningen was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.  FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film went to Mads Mikkelsen from THE HUNT (Denmark) directed by Thomas Vinterberg, which is on the Oscar shortlist, and Bérénice Bejo from THE PAST (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi, received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film.  

See Complete List of 21 Films Competing for Cine Latino Award at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival

See Complete List of 21 Films Competing for Cine Latino Award at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced the 21 films eligible for the Cine Latino Award, which will be presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the Festival.  The list of films include GLORIA directed by Sebastian Lelio and Chile’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars. GLORIA stars Paulina García who won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for her performance as a vivacious, middle-aged divorcée who finds what may be her last chance for love while grooving on the dance floor of the local singles club. PSIFF is scheduled to run January 3-13, 2014.

Palm Springs International Film Festival Unveils 2014 Lineup; BELLE to Open, LE WEEK-END to Close

Palm Springs International Film Festival Unveils 2014 Lineup; BELLE to Open, LE WEEK-END to Close

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The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) unveiled its complete line-up including Galas, Premieres and New Voices/New Visions. The Festival will open on Friday, January 3 with the U.S. Premiere of opening night film BELLE directed by Amma Asante, and will wrap on Sunday, January 12 with LE WEEK-END directed by Roger Michell. 187 films from 60 countries, including 77 premieres (8 world, 22 North American and 47 U.S.), will unspool at the Festival, running from January 3-13, 2014 in Palm Springs, California.

2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Unveils Canadian Cinema, Awards Buzz, and Modern Masters Programs

2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Unveils Canadian Cinema, Awards Buzz, and Modern Masters Programs

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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 Best Foreign Language Film. 

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Winners, The Sapphires Win Top Prize

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Winners, The Sapphires Win Top Prize

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The Sapphires (Australia) directed by Wayne Blair, and based on the real-life story of an all-female Aboriginal singing group in 1960’s Australia that went from folk to soul with unexpected success, received the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (USA) directed by Ramona Diaz received the Audience Award Best for Documentary Feature.  This documentary is about the dilemma the rock band Journey faces to replace their lead singer Steve Perry after he quits the band. They eventually find the perfect solution via YouTube: a street kid who fronted a Filipino cover band.

The FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year jury selected Fill the Void (Israel), directed by Rama Burshtein, “for portraying a culture usually depicted in stereotypical terms, with subtlety, sympathy and sensuality and employing a style that is intimate, but not intrusive.”  In the film, an 18-year-old in Tel Aviv’s Hassidic community must choose between her heart’s desire and familial duty in a drama that make the conventions of the marriage plot feel brand new.

The New Voices/New Visions selected The Cleaner (Peru) directed by Adrian Saba.   The film tells the story of a mysterious and deadly epidemic in Lima, Perù, where a depressed and isolated man cleans up after the dying. When he takes in a frightened young boy who has lost his mother, he’s quietly transformed by the experience of caring for another human being.

The Cine Latino Award was presented to Blancanieves(Spain), directed by Pablo Berger, which was the Opening Night film of the Festival.   This silent movie is an adaptation of Snow White, where the daughter of a famous bullfighter is mistreated by her wicked stepmother.  When she runs away and joins a band of dwarfs, her natural bullfighting talent is discovered, but her stepmother plots to bring her down.

Stolen Seas (Somalia/Kenya/UK/Italy), directed by Thymaya Payne, received The John Schlesinger Award, which is presented to a first-time documentary filmmaker.  Stolen Seas presents the inside story of Somali piracy.  The filmmakers spent three years in some of the world’s most dangerous places, talking to pirates, hostages, hostages’ relatives, and the shipping company executives caught up in this deadly culture clash. 

Jump (Ireland/UK), directed by Kieron J. Walsh, received the HP Bridging the Borders Award presented by Cinema Without Borders and Hewlett Packard, which honors the film that is most successful in exemplifying art that promotes bringing the people of our world closer together.  In the film, a fateful New Year’s Eve throws half a dozen characters into cross-purposes in this complex, wildly inventive and occasionally giddy mix of crime caper, romance and moral tale from Northern Ireland. 

The Palm Springs International Film Festival, held from January 3-14, 2013, screened 182 films from 68 countries.

The complete list of award winners are:

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Film Eligible for Cine Latino Award at 2013 Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Film Eligible for Cine Latino Award at 2013 Festival

  The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(PSIFF) announced the new Cine Latino Award, which will be presented to the best Iberoamerican film screening at the Festival scheduled to run January 3-14, 2013.  Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.   This year’s eligible films are: 7 Boxes (Paraguay), Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori After Lucia (Mexico), Director: Michel Franco Beauty (Argentina), Director: Daniela Seggiaro Blancanieves (Spain/France), Director: Pablo Berger […]

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival to Screen Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist and Canadian Films

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival to Screen Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist and Canadian Films

The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen eight of the nine films selected to advance in the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards® and in partnership with Telefilm Canada will screen 12 Canadian features.  The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is scheduled from January 3-14, 2013. The foreign language films on the Oscar shortlist, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Amour (Austria), Director Michael HanekeWar Witch (Canada), Director […]

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Lineup of Opening, Closing Films, Film Premieres and Films From Emerging Directors

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Lineup of Opening, Closing Films, Film Premieres and Films From Emerging Directors

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The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced its complete line-up including Galas, Premieres and New Voices/New Visions.  The Festival will launch on Thursday, January 3 with a screening of the Foreign Language Oscar submission from Spain Blancanieves directed by Pablo Berger and wraps on Sunday, January 13 with the US premiere of Paul Andrew Williams’ Unfinished Song starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave.  180 films from 68 countries, including 61 premieres (3 world, 21 North American and 37 U.S.), will unspool at the Festival, running from January 3-14 in Palm Springs, California.

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The Festival will open with the screening of Blancanieves (Spain/France), the Best Foreign Language Oscar submission from Spain.  Directed by Pablo Berger, Blancanieves is the spectacular silent movie adaptation of Snow White, where the daughter of a famous bullfighter is mistreated by her wicked stepmother.  When she runs away and joins a band of dwarfs, her natural bullfighting talent is discovered, but her stepmother plots to bring her down.  The film stars Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Pere Ponce, Sofía Oria,  Macarena Garcia, Ángela Molina, José María Pou and  Inma Cuesta.  Berger will attend the film screening.

Closing the Festival is The Weinstein Company’s Unfinished Song (UK), directed by Paul Andrew Williams and starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston and Anne Reid.  Marking its US premiere, the film is about a curmudgeonly pensioner who takes his ailing wife’s place in their unconventional local choir, with hilarious results.  Terence Stamp will attend the film’s screening.

Richard Gere to be Honored at 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Richard Gere to be Honored at 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) which runs January 3-14, 2013, will honor Richard Gere with the Chairman’s Award.   Richard Gere stars in Arbitrage from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.  Gere plays New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller, who on the eve of his 60th birthday is desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire and makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.  The film […]