Palm Springs California is proud to be home of and sponsor to a number of popular annual film festivals held each year in Palm Springs, Ca., the largest and most well-known of the film festivals is the Palm Springs International Film Festival, held the first week of January.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon. The presenting sponsor of the Awards Gala is BIGHORN and major sponsors are Entertainment Tonight and Mercedes-Benz.
January in Palm Springs, California
The Palm Springs Film Fest Gala is held at the beautiful Palm Springs Convention Center.
The 2016 Palm Springs Film Festival celebrated its 27th year for the annual event held in Palm Springs.
According to the film festival's promoters, the world-wide International Palm Springs Film Festival continues to grow in popularity and attendance each year. More than 400 screenings of 200 films from more than 70 countries screened at the 2016 Festival. The selection of films for screening included a total of 69 premieres (4 World, 40 U.S. and 25 North American).
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the work of exceptional, new and emerging talents as well as the celebrated work of established directors. The festival provides an industry-friendly launch pad for new films and filmmakers, combining the best aspects of a casual film marketplace with its well-established reputation as a great audience festival that filmmakers love to attend.
The Palm Springs International Festival continues to grow at an impressive pace each year.
A record number of screenings and box office ticket sales puts the Palm Springs International Film Festival in a top box office position among film festivals in the USA.
The twelve-day Palm Springs Film Festival features films from 73 countries and seminars, special events, social gatherings, awards and gala receptions.
According to Palm Springs Film Fest Director Darryl Macdonald, the Palm Springs Film Festival is "positioned on the annual film calendar to be a key promotional platform and an integral indicator of the front runners in the year-end awards sweepstakes. Fully 38 Oscar® nominations went to films and filmmaking guests who were featured at this year's event."
The festival hosted a New Year’s Eve celebration for all attending festival guests on Dec. 31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival began on Friday, January 1 with all day screenings and the Opening Night screening followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The festival’s Awards Gala was held on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The Palm Springs International Film Society
"Palm Springs International Film Society strives for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge and tolerance prevail. We believe film as an art form has the power to bridge cultures and illuminates the universality of the human experience.
The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(C)(3) charitable non-profit organization. You can help support the Palm Springs International Film Festival by making a tax-deductible donation to Programs Fund Drive."
Palm Springs Film Fest Festival of Short Films
Dates for the 2016 Palm Springs Film Festival of Short Films "Palm Springs Shortfest" are June (TBD), held in Palm Springs, California.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival of Short Films has named award-winning films in categories including best animated, live action and student shorts since its debut in 1995.
In 2000, this popular Palm Springs film festival added a documentary category as well. Two juries of filmmakers and industry types screen all the films and then announce the winners to the anxious short-film auteurs at the end of the festival.
Dates: June (TBD)
What makes this year's Palm Springs ShortFest extra exciting? The move to June means the Film Festival has been getting a record number of entries - with even more great shorts than usual that are tickling the programmers' fancy!
The Palm Springs Short Film Festival's talented programming team is putting together an amazing selection of more than 320 new short films, programmed in 90-minute packages featuring a splendid array of thematically-linked stories, including a dazzling selection of comedies, thrillers, films noir, dramas, romances, animated shorts and documentaries.
Last year's Festival line-up included an especially exciting showcase of special programs, theme parties, seminars and master classes. An Oscar qualifying event, in the Festival's first 15 years, 68 short films premiering at ShortFest have gone on to win Academy Award nominations, including four of this year's nominees.
This world-class Festival is the largest and most celebrated event of its kind in North America, and our acclaimed film selection is only one of the reasons why. Here's your chance to join the more than 20,000 film enthusiasts, filmmakers, industry members and press who attend the Festival each year, and kick off your summer with seven days of exhilarating experiences! For Tickets and more information about the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, phone (760) 322-2930.
The list of festival categories includes: Best Animation, Best Live Action (15 minutes and under), Best Live Action (over 15 minutes), Best Documentary , Best Student Animation, Best Student Live Action (15 minutes and under), Best Student Live Action (over 15 minutes), Best Student Documentary and the Best Of The Palm Springs Film Festival Award.
Entries are required to be available for projection in 35mm, 16mm or Beta SP. A Shorts Market is also held during the festival, consisting of a video library of all the entries for the viewing pleasure of agents and executives.
The Palm Springs Film Festival of Short Films is a key opportunity for aspiring Hollywood filmmakers to get their shorts shown. Accordingly, the competition for entry is steep. This can only mean that the quality of the films screened is higher than at most short film festivals and, of course, it can also be the first important step in a filmmaker's career.