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Your Guide To The Palm Springs International Film Festival

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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The Palm Springs International Film Festival is the largest of its kind in North America and one of the most recognized and successful among Film Fests worldwide. Boasting an attendance of over 135,000 each year, it is a must-go event for moviegoers and Hollywood elite alike. It all started in 1990 when Sonny Bono realized a film festival would be the perfect event to turn Palm Springs into a year-round tourist destination, and he was right! The PSIFF was extremely successful its first year, attracting more than 17,000 people, garnering media attention and gaining the support of sponsors who still work with them to this day. The festival went on to award world-renowned talents Jimmy Stewart in 1992, and Frank Sinatra and Marcello Mastroianni in 1993 putting the PSIFF and Palm Springs on the map. In the following years, attendance and support continued to increase and PSIFF was cemented in Palm Springs as the event we know today. 

This year the Film Fest will run from January 3rd to January 14th. Passes, which allow priority admission to screenings, are available now and tickets for individual screenings and events will go on sale starting December 26th at 9AM. 


The Guests

The Festival's Film Awards Gala honors the top achievements of the year, giving praise to a celebrated list of key industry players, A-list celebrities, and Palm Spring community leaders. The glitzy event also raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society each year. Last years celebrity attendees included Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Mary J. Blige, Common, and Salma Hayek. 

So far eight award recipients have been announced, Glenn Close (The Wife), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansmea), Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk). The film Green Book has also been announced. The rest of the 2019 nominees will be added to the list later this month.

The Films

The Palm Springs International Film Festival features a lineup of over 180 films, covering both new and celebrated features. The official film list will be announced on December 16th. Last years winners included Félicité (FIPRESCI Best Foreign Language Film), The Charmer (New Voices New Visions), Brimstone and Glory (Schlesinger Award), Killing Jesús (Cine Latino Award), A Fantastic Woman (Cine Latino Honorable Mention),Finding Your Feet (Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature), The Insult (HP Bridging the Borders Award), and Skid Row Marathon (Audience Award for Best Documentary).


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The ModMansion experience comes with tons of amenities including bathroom and kitchen extras, high-end electronics, and stellar customer service. Visit ModMansion to learn more about taking your trip to the Palm Springs International Film Festival to the next level. Or give us a call today at (760) 209-4311 and reserve your Palm Springs Vacation Rental!

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