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. 

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Mod Mansions offers the finest Palm Springs Vacation rentals for anyone coming to town for Cinema Diverse.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Cinema Diverse is holding its Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival from September 21-24, and this year it's followed by a special Best of the Fest from September 29-30.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Cinema Diverse is adding a new segment called WebOUT, featuring two special programs by well-known arts blogger Kevin M. Thomas on some of his favorite web series. Thomas selected about half of his favorites from Revry, a streaming device that features exclusively LGBTQ entertainment.

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If you love discovering new films created by emerging filmmakers, stay in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and make sure to attend the Palm Springs International ShortFest. Now in its 23rd year, over one hundred of the short films accepted into ShortFest in the past have received Oscar nominations or awards.

ShortFest screenings are grouped by theme with 4 to 10 short films in each 90-minute screening, making it easy for you to select the types of films you want to see. And to make the films even more meaningful, each program is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

Over 4,200 film submissions are sent to ShortFest from all around the world, but only about 325 films are chosen for this highly competitive festival. Not only is ShortFest a fascinating source of unconventional films for its 22,000 filmgoers, it also offers master classes, panels and roundtable discussions for new filmmakers in its ShortFest Forum.

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The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is one event you won't want to miss; the upcoming Festival runs from January 2-16, 2017. Over one hundred films from all over the world will be showcased along with many special events, from galas to celebrity appearances.

The Festival kicks off with its signature showpiece event and biggest fundraiser - the annual Black Tie Awards Gala on Monday, January 2. Here you have the opportunity to dine among A-list celebrities along with some of the industry's most important people, then attend the awards ceremony. The entire evening reflects the ambiance of old-style Hollywood glamour and glitz.

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Now in its ninth year and bigger than ever, Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs will be featuring screenings of LGBTQ feature films and shorts at its film festival that runs from September 22-25, 2016.

A program of the nonprofit Palm Springs Cultural Center, Cinema Diverse brings together a diverse gay community in a world-class forum that features lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films from around the globe. The films selected for the festival inform and enrich the lives of those in the LGBTQ community while also creating opportunities for attendees to meet and exchange ideas with industry professionals and film artists.

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One of the most acclaimed short film festivals in the world - the Palm Springs International ShortFest - is set for June 21-June 27, 2016. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will showcase over 300 short films from 54 countries, including 46 world premieres, 63 North American premieres and 13 US premieres.

Some of the hottest award-winning and star-studded shorts included this year are: Black Swell starring Richard Kind, a moralistic yet poetic look at death through a man considering suicide in a motel room; A Walk in Winter starring James Franco, Jack Kehler and Abigail Spencer about a man who is forced to confront his difficult childhood when he is called home to identify his mother's body; and Mildred & The Dying Parlor with Steve Buscemi, Evan Jonigkeit and Zosia Marmet about a young woman whose parents run a dying parlor, where people arrive alive but intend to die there, and the unexpected person who shows up.

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