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THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND AWARDS GALA RETURNS ON JANUARY 1-11, 2016


 

Now entering its 27th year, The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is scheduled from January 1-11, 2016. Its culturally diverse program of 200+ films from more than 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, with more than 135,000 attendees each year. The Festival presents a majority of the films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language category for the Academy Awards, as well as a large number of American independent and international features and documentaries marking their world, North American or U.S. premieres. 

 

The Festival will hold its annual star-studded black tie Awards Gala on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  The Awards Gala will honor individuals in the film industry with awards for acting, directing, and lifetime achievement.  Last year’s Festival honorees included: Robert Duvall, Alejandro G. In?árritu, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, JK Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Nine of the 10 honorees received Academy Award nominations.

 

Beginning Friday, January 1 and throughout the Festival, fifteen screens throughout Palm Springs will operate from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The official Opening Night screening will take place on Friday, January 1 at 6:30 pm. The Closing Night screening will take place onSunday, January 10th, and the Best of the Festival will screen all day on Monday, January 11th.

 

Presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America.  The Festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools.  The Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and the annual black-tie gala award presentation.