One of the most anticipated events of the Palm Springs Season is undoubtedly the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Held each January since 1989 the festival hosts the biggest names in the film industry and features a Gala Black Tie Awards Gala that marks the start of the winter awards season. Hailed as one of the most glamorous venues of the year, this festival is viewed by insiders as the ultimate star gazing opportunity.
The week-long event is covered by more than 1400 newspapers in addition to every major network and entertainment show on a national level. Considered a precursor to the Academy Awards, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest on the planet. Screening more than 200 new films from at least 60 diverse nations, the offerings are always eclectic and edgy, making for a week of anticipatory nerves and thrills.
Initiated by former Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono, the festival gained momentum quickly and has evolved into one of the premier events in Motion Picture circles and the place to see and be seen by budding stars as well. Past award presenters have included Clint Eastwood, Halle Berry, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Dustin Hoffman to name only a few. The kickoff night is held at the Palm Springs Convention Center but other venues including Palm Springs High School and the Palm Springs Art Museum also play to other festival events throughout the week.
The Palm Springs International Film Society leaves no stone unturned to produce a memorable event each year. They are known for screening most of the foreign films that will be Oscar worthy when the award nominees are announced in spring. Other films making their debut at the festival always include American Independent films along with International films and Documentaries. There is something for everyone who enjoys great film making.
With perfect weather, professional caliber golf courses, the ultimate in spa pampering, Rodeo Drive shopping and 4-5 Star Restaurants and accommodations it is no wonder that celebrities, industry professionals and film buffs from all over the globe descend on Palm Springs every January. This is your chance to get a once in a lifetime snapshot of your favorite star and maybe be lucky enough to get into the picture yourself! Don’t miss the fun and excitement up close and personal this Season in sunny Palm Springs.
For more information go to www.psfilmfest.org