The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Awards Gala
By Dulce Balandran
Celebrate the coziness of winter by getting your cinematic fill of indie and foreign flicks this week—the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is back, and this year marks the festival’s 25th anniversary. The festival kicks off Jan. 3 on fifteen screens throughout Palms Springs, showing featured films by some of the most revered filmmakers in the industry, as well as films by more than 50 new directors. This year’s festival is featuring many categories, including The New Voices/New Visions showcase, which is a collection of 12 remarkable first feature films by up-and-coming new directors. Their fresh visions and creative minds are a refreshing compliment to the Modern Masters program, which offers a range of works from critically acclaimed professionals in the field. The majority of the films featured go on to be submitted to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards. There will all so be a myriad of American indie films and documentaries to enjoy. On Jan. 4 the PSIFF will host its Award Gala—this star-studded black tie event is where the best in film, directing, acting, lifetime achievement and more will be honored. Some of last year’s honorees were Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt and Naomi Watts. It would not be the winter season without catching a few foreign indie films, and this event is perfect for any film fanatic this winter.
Various Theaters in Palm Springs, (760) 322-2930; www.psfilmfest.org. 9am.