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Palm Springs

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.


PSIFF to host a virtual panel with the 10 Directors to Watch plus Directing Award to Steve McQueen


Variety to Honor Steve McQueen with Creative Impact in Directing Award at 10 Directors To Watch Virtual Event

Variety will host a virtual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards event with the Palm Springs International Film Society on February 26 at 10:00 AM PT.


The event will consist of a virtual panel with the 10 Directors to Watch plus honor director Steve McQueen with its annual Creative Impact in Directing Award for his work on Amazon Studios’ collection of films Small Axe. McQueen directed all five films in the anthology that includes Mangrove, Lovers Rock, and Red, White and Blue.


Steve McQueen will participate in an awards presentation as part of the 10 Directors to Watch brunch as well as a Q&A about his work creating and directing the project.


"After the creative and commercial triumph of 12 Years a Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen took his place in the international pantheon of great directors," said Variety Executive Vice President of Global Content, Steven Gaydos. "With the arrival of his new Small Axe series, McQueen is again at the center of the conversations about both film as art and the path to a better world."


Variety’s 10 Directors To Watch:

  • Prano Bailey-Bond (Censor)
  • Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Wild Indian)
  • Nia DaCosta (Candyman)
  • Sian Heder (Coda)
  • Regina King (One Night in Miami)
  • Philippe Lacôte (Night of the Kings)
  • Roseanne Liang (Shadow in the Cloud)
  • Pascual Sisto (John and the Hole)
  • Ricky Staub (Concrete Cowboy)
  • Robin Wright (Land)


“We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Variety on their 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact virtual event,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “We look forward to hosting the event again in person for the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival.”


The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala will not take place as an in-person event this year, but honoree selections will be announced to recognize this year’s great performances and Entertainment Tonight will air a tribute to the honorees scheduled on February 11th and February 25th. The Film Awards has announced Riz Ahmed (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor), Carey Mulligan (International Star Award), Gary Oldman (Chairman’s Award) and Chloé Zhao (Director of the Year Award) to date.

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