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Palm Springs International Film Festival – January 1-11, 2016

 

The 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival played host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. The Festival featured a stellar line-up of more than 175 films from 60 countries, special events and gala receptions. 

 

Palm Springs International ShortFest - June 16-22, 2015

Now in its 20th year, 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.

 


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Palm Springs International Film Festival Appoints Michael Lerman as Artistic Director

  The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced the hiring of Michael Lerman as Artistic Director.  Currently, Lerman serves as Acting Head of Programming and Primetime Programmer for the Toronto Film Festival, which concludes its 11-day run on September 18, as well as the Artistic Director for the Philadelphia Film Society, where he has worked since 2005. Lerman will oversee all artistic decisions for the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival that...

Interview with Director/Writer/Actor John Fortson for 'RATED' (2016) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

  Director/Writer/Actor John Fortson's short film 'RATED' (2016) has been making its round to film festivals since its world premiere at Sonoma International Film Festival in April where it won the Jury Award for Best Comedy Short. The film stars John's actor wife Christie Lynn Smith (Justified, The Crazies) who plays the lead Maggie, their daughter Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness, Ant-Man), and their son Joshua Fortson. RATED is currently screening at the 2016 Palm S...

PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST PANELS, ROUNDTABLES & NEW TECH DAY

Speakers Include Representatives from Anonymous Content, Associated Press, Borgus Film, CAA, Cloud Imperium, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiegogo, Indiewire, kweliTV, Little Teeth Pictures, Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles Times, Preferred Content, Pysop, Seed & Spark, Southland Productions, Tribeca Film Festival, Twitter, UCLA, Variety, Warner Bros. and Many Others. The Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 21-27) is best known for its award-winning short films, but each year the...

Palm Springs International Shorfest Line-up for 2016

ShortFest to Showcase Shorts Featuring Beck Bennett, Steve Buscemi, Robert Emms, James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Oscar Isaac, Connor Jessup, Richard Kind, Jane Krakowski, Caroline Lagerfelt, Neil LaBute, Zosia Mamet, Jack O’Connell, Sarah Parish, Guy Pearce, Abigal Spencer, Kristen Wiig and Ray Wise Palm Springs, CA – Now in its 22nd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 327 films including 46 World Premieres, 63 North American Premieres and 13 U.S...

Garden Collage x Palm Springs International Film Festival Party.

Photo Credit - Getty Images for PSIFF   Over the weekend Garden Collage partnered with the Palm Springs International Film Festival for a very special party on January 9th at SnapShot Studios, which celebrated the garden through various creative perspectives. To honor the beauty of nature through the lens of film, GC hosted an afterparty for 50 Days In The Desert-- an all-access, drama-filled film about the making of The White Knights-- as well as The Vi...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

  The Assassin Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Alena Mihulová, Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson Receive Acting Prizes; Death By Death Receives New Voices/New Visions Award and Thithi Receives a Special Mention; The Birth of Saké Receives The John Schlesinger Award; Umrika Receives The HP Bridging The Borders Awards   Setting the stage for the year’s film festival circuit, ...

27th Annual PSIFF Closing Night Screening of "Last Cab To Darwin"

  From the film "Last Cab to Darwin" director Jeremy Sims to attend.   Laconic cabbie Rex has lived his entire life in the small town of Broken Hill. He’s a stubborn old git, determined to do things his own way. After work, he hoists a few beers at the pub with his mates before returning home to his dog and a surreptitious relationship with his aboriginal neighbor Polly. When he learns that he has terminal cancer, he lights out for a doctor in Darwin...

Student Screening Day PSIFF 2016 to Screen Narrative Feature "JEREMY" & Doc "SALAM NEIGHBOR"

About "JEREMY":  Life isn’t easy for an eight-year-old genius. When sweet and highly precocious misfit Jeremy (a terrific turn by newcomer Martín Castro) is revealed to have an IQ of 160, he quickly discovers that with extraordinary gifts come unexpected obstacles: the pressure to map out his life’s path; fitting in with his loving but clueless (and impoverished) family; and being groomed by an unscrupulous academic, for instance. Yet his biggest challenge...

DHEEPAN Screens @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

DHEEPAN is screening @ the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival from January 1-11, 2016. For more information, visit: http://www.psfilmfest.org/ Every year, Cannes Film Festival movie-goers try to predict what the Palm d'Or winner will be. There are always the audience favorites and big buzz films; but more often than not, it's the film least expected to win that rises to the top taking home the highly besought golden palm. This year, that film was DHEEPAN by reno...

LIZ IN SEPTEMBER Screening @ 27th Annual PSIFF; Interview with Director Fina Torres

Directed by Fina Torres (Woman On Top, Cannes winner Oriana), the film stars newcomer Eloísa Maturén (upcoming star of a major TV series in Venezuela produced by Venevision) opposite Patricia Velasquez and Mimi Lazo. LIZ IN SEPTEMBER is screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival from January 1-11, 2016. http://www.psfilmfest.org/   Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Screens "PAPA"

From the film Papa director Bob Yari along with actors Adrian Sparks and Mariel Hemingway to attend. Papa follows journalist Ed Myers (Giovanni Ribisi) on his adventure to Cuba in 1959, on a mission to meet his idol, the legendary Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks). Hidden away at a private estate with his wife Mary (Joely Richardson), the elusive author mentors young Myers in fishing, drinking and finding his voice, while the Cuban Revolution comes to a boil all around them. In this turbu...

Tim Roth To Attend Q&A for "600 Miles" & "Chronic" @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

  CHRONIC Home hospice-care nurse David Wilson (Tim Roth) tends to his patients with a cold, dedicated proficiency that betrays a desperate inner life. Yearning for connection, he absorbs elements of his patients’ lives as his own, recklessly blurring the line between personal and professional, and holding at bay a devastating secret that threatens to unravel with the appearance of a mysterious young woman.  Acclaimed writer/director Michel Franco follows up his...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Screens "Hello, My Name Is Doris"

  From the film "Hello, My Name is Doris" director Michael Showater along with actors Max Greenfield and Sally Field attend. With her lead role in this engaging new comedy, two-time Oscar® winner Sally Fields shows exactly why she’s been one of the most beloved and respected actresses in American film for over four decades. Doris has devoted her entire adult life to her mother, living with her in their clutter-filled Staten Island home. Now that her mom has passed...

"The Power of Words: Book to Screen" Returns to Palm Springs International Film Festival

BOOK TO SCREEN: THE DANISH GIRL   Black Mass, Carol, The Danish Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Younger to be Featured The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) hosted the 2nd annual two-day symposium “The Power of Words: Book to Screen,” curated by Barbara Keller and Susan Rosser. The event took place on Thursday, January 7 at the Hilton Palm Springs. During the ...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Premieres "SEARCHDOG."

  From the film "Searchdog" director Mary Healy Jamiel along with film subject Matt Zarrella and rescue dogs Buster, Pivot, Myka, and Ruby to attend. Synopsis: “I have always felt that dogs had a higher purpose on this earth, and it was up to the humans to make that happen,” says Matthew Zarrella, an internationally renowned K9 Search and Rescue Specialist, Rhode Island State police sergeant and unofficial “dog whisperer.” As a youth, Zarella strugg...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Premieres "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age."

  Synopsis: Theater lovers rejoice. Rick McKay, award-winning filmmaker and Broadway documentarian, returns with his long awaited, star-studded sequel to the beloved Broadway: the Golden Age. From the 1959 Broadway debut of Carol Burnett in Once Upon a Mattress to the groundbreaking production of Raisin in the Sun to the legendary 3,389th performance of A Chorus Line, McKay’s encyclopedic love letter takes us behind the scenes of many of the great plays and musicals that defined...

Oscar-Shortlisted Foreign Filmmakers In Conversation @ 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival

  Scott Feinberg   Scott Feinberg, Awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter, joined a number of the directors of this year’s leading candidates for the Foreign Language Oscar race in what was an illuminating discussion encompassing their films, what drives them thematically and creatively and the concurrent blessing and curse that comes with being the subject of “Oscar buzz.”   Directors in attendance included: Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand N...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Screens “GRANDMA”

From the film "Grandma", actress Lily Tomlin attended Q&A discussion moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley. Synopsis: Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. DIRECTOR:&...

Variety Honors Will Smith, Charlie Kaufman & "10 Directors To Watch" @ 27th Annual PSIFF

  Will Smith   Charlie Kaufman  Photographer: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX Shutterstock Honorees Will Smith (Concussion), Charlie Kaufman (Anamolisa) and some of the “10 Directors to Watch” including: Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent), Slavek Horak (Home Care), Duke Johnson (Anomalisa), Peter Landesman (Concussion),Laszlo Nemes (Son of Saul), Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) and Elizabeth Wood (White Girl). Other guests included...

"Moor" Starring Shaz Khan to Screen @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

  MOOR is Pakistan’s official entry in the 88th Annual Academy Awards   MOOR, the acclaimed Pakistan feature film starring international actor and Palm Springs resident Shaz Khan and directed by Jamshed Mahmood, will screen at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Jan 1-11.   Moor is Pakistan’s official entry in the 88th Annual Academy Awards after garnering rave reviews at the international film festiv...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Premieres "The Carer"

  From the film The Carer. Director János Edelényi, actor Brian Cox, actor Coco König, associate producer Will Paice and producer Charlotte Wontner to attend Palm Springs for its US premiere.       The Carer Acting legend Brian Cox plays legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford in this feel-good comedy about the unlikely relationship between a famous thespian and his immigrant caregiver. Alas, Sir Michael’s ...

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Premieres "Closet Monster"

  From the film Closet Monster. Director Stephen Dunn and actors Connor Jessup, Joanne Kelly, and Sofia Banzhaf to attend Palm Springs for its US premiere.    Closet Monster Treading a daring line between the comic, the horrific and the surreal, Stephen Dunn’s first feature is a fresh, imaginative take on the traditional coming out/coming of age tale. Its hero, Oscar (Connor Jessup) is a cute, conflicted teenager who, at the age of eight, witne...

Hollywood's Biggest Stars Shine @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Michael Fassbender. Getty Images   Actor Kate Winslet (left); Actors Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender (right). Getty Images Annual Event Welcomed Host Mary Hart and Festival Honorees   Kicking off Awards Season, the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala was held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convention Center hosted by Mary Hart. Honorees were presented with an original Chihuly Glass S...

THE GIRL KING (2015) by Mika Kaurismäki Screens @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

Directed and Produced by: Mika Kaurismäki. Written by: Michel Marc Bouchard. Principal Cast: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, HIppolyte Girardot, Peter Lohmeyer, François Arnaud, Patrick Bauchah, Martina Gedeck. The film will screen at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.    Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom at the Farm, Lilies) and Norwegian born Brazilian raised filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki (The ...

"The Big Short" Receives Ensemble Performance @ 27th PSIFF Awards Gala

Palm Springs, CA– The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presented its Ensemble Performance Award to the film The Big Short. The award was honored to the film’s cast, which includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. The cast was represented at the Gala by Steve Carell, Christian Bale, and director Adam McKay. The Awards Gala was hosted by Mary Hart on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. ...
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