For ten days, Palm Springs becomes the movie capital of the world and 25 years later, the beat goes on for the Palm Springs International Film Festival which was founded by Sonny Bono.  This is an exciting week to be in Palm Springs for our Westin timeshare owners and Marriott timeshare owners.

The second largest film festival in the country, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), launches the 25th annual edition of its celebrity filled Gala and Film Festival on January 3, 2014.  This year the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring three-time Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep with its Icon Award.

The actress, who won her Academy Awards for 1989’s “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” 1982’s “Sophie’s Choice” and 2011’s “The Iron Lady,” will receive the festival’s honor at its awards gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.


Palm Springs Film Festival

Palm Springs is not only a world-class tourist attraction, it becomes the center of world cinema for a ten-day period every January as it hosts more than 135,000 movie fans and film junkies from all over the globe as they try and spot the stars, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and distributors amid the glitz and glitter of its star-studded 1200 Gala attendees on Saturday, January 4th, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present over 185 films from 60 countries.  All of The Best Foreign Language Film entries are also on the Academy’s Oscar radar screen and hope to snare a nomination for this coveted statuette come February.

Proof of the drawing power of PSIFF is in the number world-class stars and celebrities who are attending this year’s Gala and festival and will be receiving various awards are:


Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, who receives the Chairman’s Award

Meryl Streep, who receives the ICON Award

Julia Roberts, the Spotlight Award

Lupita Nyongo’o, the Breakthrough Performance Award

Thomas Newman, his second Frederick Loewe Award

Variety will honor director John Lee Hancock, for one of the “10 Directors to Watch” award.  Variety is also honoring actor Jonah Hill with the Creative Impact in Acting award.

The Festival’s opening night film, with 1200 attending the event in the Palm Springs High School auditorium, is the British film “Belle”. It follows the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy captain and an enslaved African woman.

The closing night film wraps up the festival with the comedy “Le Week-End”, starring English actors Jim Broadbent, and Lindsay Duncan, in a story about an older married couple’s trip to Paris in an attempt to rekindle their love.

Tickets go on sale this week.  It will be a hectic but fun and thought provoking 10 days that no true cinema buff will want to miss.  For tickets, passes and film packages call the Festival Box Office at 800-898-PALM (7256) or go online to:

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