January 31, 2023

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival returns in person with a diverse screening line-up

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The 34th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) returns in person for the first time since 2020 from January 5-16, and this year’s line-up of screenings is the most diverse the festival has ever seen. To Lily Rodriguez, PSIFF Artistic Director.

“We always have drama, we always have comedy, we always have docs, but we have sci-fi this year, we have horror, we have animation,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think you’ll find two movies alike in the line-up.”

Celebrations begin Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with the Film Awards, which will honor seasoned filmmakers and performers such as “Woman Talking” director Sarah Polley, “The Banshees of Inisharine” star Colin Farrell, “Her” lead actress Kat Blanchett and “The Whale” stars Brendan Fraser.

Director Kyle Marvin’s sports comedy, “80 for Brady,” will make its global debut Friday evening. Stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Morena and Sally Field will be in attendance for the screening, as well as seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who served as both a producer and actor on the film.

“[PSIFF] It’s a great festival in terms of film and film lovers, and it’s an incredibly warm festival, and I think it’s a perfect launching pad for a film that really has that same attitude of warmth and love towards cinema,” Marvin said.

Also on Friday, diversity A reception will be held to honor the directors to watch as well as the Creative Impact Award honorees.

Also premiering at the festival is “Shot in the Arm,” a documentary on the history of the anti-vax movement, featuring director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and executive producer Neil deGrasse Tyson. Leon Prudovsky’s “My Neighbor Adolf” and Stephen Williams’ “Chevalier” will also be screened in the US for the first time.

Instead of making the 12-day affair a splashy homecoming for festival veterans, Rodriguez explained that the goal among festival staff was to ensure comfort and accessibility above all while navigating from screening to screening.

“Lineup size was not a priority for us; It’s pretty big — we have 134 films — but it’s smaller than what we’ve done in 2020,” Rodriguez continued. “We also understand that people might feel differently, and they feel more comfortable dashing around from screening to screening. No, so we made it a little more manageable.”

Each venue will be set at 75% theater capacity, allowing festival-goers to move freely. Proof of vaccination is required from attendees upon entry, and although masks are not mandatory, they are strongly encouraged.

As the festival evolves, Rodriguez said the staff aims to “expand the audience to a younger demographic without changing the lineup to cater to that age group.” This year, a $100 badge will be offered to college-age students with a valid student ID that grants access to all film screenings. A small selection of films from the lineup will be made available for free viewing to high school students each weekend, pending proof of immunization and a student ID.

Other festival passes are available for purchase at various price levels, from a 5-day B Pass for $350 to a Premium Access American Express Pass for $2500.

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What: Palm Springs International Film Festival
When: January 5-16
Where: Palm Springs, California
Web: psfilmfest.org

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