‘Broken Circle Breakdown’ Best Foreign Film At Palm Springs Film Fest

Broken Circle BreakdownThis year’s FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival went to Belgian entry The Broken Circle Breakdown, from director Felix van Groeningen. The annual desert fest also awarded acting prizes to Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) and Bérénice Bejo (The Past). Audience award winners will be announced Sunday. Scroll down for full list: Read More »

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Oscar Contenders Hit The Desert As Hollywood’s Awards Season Moves to Palm Springs

Pete Hammond

As one battle-weary awards publicist said, “Here we go again. Three months later, same drill.”

Not quite, but close.  Wasn’t it just October when we saw Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o hit the stage at … Read More »

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Meryl Streep Set To Receive Icon Award At Palm Springs Film Fest

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 12:49pm PST

streep__130806225645Another awards season, another trail of accolades for the 17-time Oscar nominee and three-time winner. The Palm Springs International Film Festival said today that Meryl Streep has been tapped for its Icon Award, which “honors a creative talent who, … Read More »

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Tom Hanks To Receive Palm Springs Festival’s Chairman’s Award

tom hanksFresh off Golden Globe and SAG nominations for his lead turn in Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks can add the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Chairman’s Award to his cache of kudos this year. Hanks is receiving the honor in recognition of both Captain Phillips and Saving Mr Banks, his other awards season contender in which he plays Walt Disney opposite Emma Thompson. Here’s the release from the festival:

palmsprings__131119151421-200x190Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actor Tom Hanks with the Chairman’s Award for Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and the cast of American Hustle. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

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‘American Hustle’ Gets Ensemble Award From Palm Springs Film Festival

American HustleThe cast of David O. Russell‘s fictional pic based on the 1970s Abscam scandal will be feted January 4 during an Awards Gala at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Ensemble Performance Award celebrates the film’s cast, … Read More »

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Palm Springs To Honor Bruce Dern With Career Achievement Award

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 6:01am PST

Palm Springs, CA (November 19, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bruce Dern with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

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Sandra Bullock Set For Palm Springs Honor

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 6:00am PST

The Oscar winner and Gravity star will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the 25th edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award will be presented January 4 at the Palm … Read More »

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‘The Sapphires’, ‘Journey’ Documentary Take Prizes At Palm Springs Festival

By | Sunday January 13, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST

Australia’s The Sapphires directed by Wayne Blair was named best narrative feature today as the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival winds down. The movie that also screened in Cannes last year is based on the real-life story of an all-female Aboriginal singing group that transitioned from folk to soul with unanticipated success in the 1960s. Best documentary feature was Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, directed by Ramona Diaz. It’s about the rock band Journey’s search for a replacement lead singer after Steve Perry quit. The fest which began January 3 and officially concludes tomorrow screened 182 films from 68 countries, including 42 of the 71 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards. A complete list of winners follows:  Read More »

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Awards Race Moves To Palm Springs: Foreign Film Contenders, Glitzy Gala And Lots Of Oscar Talk

Pete Hammond

Even as Oscar nomination polls were closing Friday afternoon, the awards season action was already shifting to the Southern California desert as the 10-day Palm Springs International Film Festival kicked off, not only with its highly publicized Saturday night gala where enormous statuettes are handed out to Oscar hopefuls looking for a boost in the race, but also as a genuinely impressive public showcase for world cinema.

42 of the 71 official Oscar foreign entries are on display at the Fest (which runs through January 13) including 8 of the 9 finalists which made the shortlist. Many of those filmmakers nervously awaiting results, of which of the 9 become the 5 nominees, were at the fest all weekend, even as a select group of about 30  high-profile Academy members (including  Meryl Streep, who told me last year she had a great time on this uber committee) in New York and Los Angeles were viewing the finalists and making their choices (to be announced with other Oscar nominees on Thursday morning). Read More »

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Entertainment One Acquires Festival Audience Award Winner ‘Starbuck’

Santa Barbara and Palm Springs film festival audience winner Starbuck is headed to indie company Entertainment One. The distributor acquired all U.S. distribution rights for the feature directed by Ken Scott and written by Scott and Martin Petit. … Read More »

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Canadian Comedy Wins Audience Award At Palm Springs International Film Festival

A Canadian comedy about a prolific sperm donor, and a U.S. documentary about the history of women jazz musicians, were among the top award winners today at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Sponsored by the city of Palm Springs, this is one of North America’s biggest film festival attracting about 130,000 people each year to consider features and documentaries from around the world. “This year’s line up encompassed a particularly satisfying blend of challenging but highly compelling works, more broadly accessible crowd pleasers and debut films distinguished by their distinctive storytelling craft and technical prowess,” Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said.

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Oscar Campaign’s Wild Week Capped By Palm Springs Film Fest Gala

Pete Hammond

Final Oscar nomination ballots are due Friday and the season is igniting with contenders rolling from one event to the next — no voter left unturned. Capping a furious week of campaigning and leading into another one, the Palm Springs International Film Festival staged their annual awards gala Saturday night at the cavernous Palm Springs Convention Center and drew a starry group of contenders who tried out their speeches on a ritzy crowd who obviously lives for this show each year. That it falls right in the middle of Oscar voting is totally by design and the reason the fest can draw its A-list of talent that included photog magnets George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron, among others. When Pitt and supportive significant other Angelina Jolie came to the Sony table in the middle of the room, there was a tidal wave of locals with iPhones who descended on them, snapping away and pushing me, among others aside. (I actually ran smack into Jolie, who told me “this is wild. I’m not sure what to make of it. I think I need a glass of wine just to soak it all in.”) I guess the crowd figured they were entitled to become paparazzi for a night since many of them paid $1500 to be there; the event raised $1.6 million for the fest according to chair Harold Matzner, who claims the event is second in glamour only to the Golden Globes. Pitt managed to brave the face-lifted Palm Springs throng while walking with a cane, this after he tripped a few days earlier on a ski trip with one of his kids.

Of course there are many more of those to come, and members of the Palm Springs group of awardees and others will be in accepting or presenting mode all week long at events including the New York Film Critics, National Board of Review and LA Film Critics banquets, the annual AFI lunch, the Critics Choice Movie Awards, and finally the Golden Globes. With parties planned this week for DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots, The Weinstein Co and Paramount to name three, this period leading to the CCMAs and Golden Globes is now officially the busiest of the whole season, especially since new Academy rules that allow all this stuff pre-noms also put the kibosh on most of it post-noms. The town is gonna have to dry out anyway. How much can you take, Hollywood? Read More »

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Jessica Chastain, Howard Shore To Be Feted By Palm Springs Film Festival

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 12:47pm PST

Jessica Chastain will be honored with the Spotlight Award and composer Howard Shore will receive the Frederick Loewe Music Award at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Chastain will be recognized for her roles in The Help, Read More »

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Palm Springs Fest To Honor Stephen Daldry

Palm Springs, CA (December 22, 2011) – The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present three time Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry with the Director of the Year Award for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams, and the film Young Adult. The Festival runs January 5-16.

“Stephen Daldry has garnered international acclaim as a director, bringing his consummate skill to both the cinema and stage,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest work, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, he directs a virtuoso cast in the story of a young boy who, after losing his father on 9/11, goes on a quest to learn what an unusual key found in his father’s possessions may unlock. This journey then becomes a metaphor for the need of a child to maintain a close bond with a loved one who died tragically and too soon. For this haunting film and for all of his achievements as a “director’s director,” the Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2012 “Director of the Year Award” To Stephen Daldry.”

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Gary Oldman Honored By Palm Springs Fest

Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2011) — The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Gary Oldman with the International Star Award. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical

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