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Palm Springs International Film Festival is a film festival held in Palm Springs, California. It was started in 1989 and is held annually in January. It is run by the Palm Springs International Film Society, who also run the Palm Springs International ShortFest, a festival of short films and film market in June.

Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, described the festival as a good place to show foreign-language movies and heralded this festival's ability to spread good word-of-mouth for movies. The event is noted for screening most foreign Oscar nominees. It is also noted for its Award Ceremonies where such actors as Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Leonardo Dicaprio have appeared. This year's festival is set to honor Morgan Freeman. The current director of the festival is Darryl Macdonald long time festival director for the Seattle Film Festival.


Brad Pitt at 2007's festival.


  1. ^ Daily Variety - January fests steer clear of Sundance territory.

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