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2017 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

Facing Mecca Receives Two Awards Including Best of the Festival;

The Head Vanishes, Dekalb Elementary Receive Top Jury Awards;

Red Light, Coin Operated, Kayayo and Lost Face Receive Audience Awards

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 25, 2017) –  The 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  338 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 4,200 filmmaker submissions available in the film market.  More than $115,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash awards were awarded in 21 categories.

Lili-Rodriguez“After spending a week in and out of theaters, and talking with filmmakers and audiences, we close out the festival with such a strong sense of community,” said Festival Director Lili Rodriguez.

“Filmmakers are making movies about the changing world around them. I think our award winners showcase an understanding and compassion for people and it’s a great thing to see.”

The 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest award winners are:

 

JURY AWARDS

Jury Awards and awards in the non-student and student competition categories were selected by ShortFest jury members David Ansen (film critic/PSIFF Lead Programmer), Lindsey Bahr (Associated Press), Kate Bosworth (actress/producer), Ian Durkin (Vimeo), Sam Lansky (Time Magazine) and Heidi Zwicker (Sundance).

 

BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD – Winner received $5,000 cash prize courtesy of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Facing Mecca (Switzerland), Jan-Eric Mack

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy before he can bury his Muslim wife.

 

GRAND JURY AWARD – Winner received a $2,000 cash prize.

The Head Vanishes (France/Canada), Franck Dion

Jacqueline, no longer quite in her right mind, still goes on her annual summer trip. This year, she’s followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter.

 

PANAVISION BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT – The use of a camera package valued at $60,000 courtesy of Panavision.

Dekalb Elementary (USA), Reed Van Dyk

Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

NON-STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS

All first place winners in the non-student categories received a cash award of $2,000 and may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

 

BEST AnimatED short

The Head Vanishes (France/Canada), Franck Dion

Jacqueline, no longer quite in her right mind, still goes on her annual summer trip. This year, she’s followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter.

 

BEST Live Action short over 15 minutes

Retouch (Iran), Kaveh Mazaheri

Maryam’s husband does weightlifting at home. When a weight falls on his throat and puts him near death, Maryam makes a decision.

 

BEST Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

Great Choice (USA), Robin Comisar

A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

 

BEST Documentary short

Edith + Eddie (USA), Laura Checkoway

Ninety-something Edith and Eddie are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds, whose unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear them apart.

 

STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD – Winner received a $2,000 cash prize.

Where You Found Refuge (France), Guillaume Legrand

After Didier finds his daughter living in a cult, he decides to bring her home by force.

 

Special Mention: Fry Day (USA), Laura Moss

An adolescent girl comes of age against the  backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

 

All first place winners in these categories received a $500 cash prize.

 

BEST STUDENT ANIMATION

Sog (Germany), Jonatan Schwenk

After a flood, the fish are stuck in trees, in danger of drying out. They scream sharply, disturbing the inhabitants of a nearby cave.

 

BEST STUDENT Live Action short over 15 minutes

Facing Mecca (Switzerland), Jan-Eric Mack

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy before he can bury his Muslim wife.

 

BEST STUDENT Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

Iron Hands (USA/China), Johnson Cheng

A 12-year old girl tries out for the traditionally all-boys’ Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team. And makes an unlikely connection with the weightlifting gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.

 

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY short

Searching for Wives (Singapore), Zuki Juno Tobgye

Male migrant workers from South India living in Singapore send photos back home in the hope of finding suitable and willing marriage partners.

 

Special Jury Mention: I Made You, I Kill You (Romania/France), Alexandru Petru Badelita

In a remarkable cinematic diary, by turns touching and disturbing, Badelita looks back at his traumatic childhood growing up in rural Romania.

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Red Light (Bulgaria/Croatia), Toma Waszarow

A bus stops at a village’s only intersection, where the traffic light is stuck on red. The driver refuses to move forward

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT

Coin Operated (USA), Nicholas Arioli

Seventy years pass in the life of one naïve explorer.

 
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Kayayo (Norway), Mari Bakke Riise

Elementary-school-age Bamunu works as a kayayo (a living shopping cart) at the markets in Accra thousands of miles from her village.

 

SHORTFEST ONLINE AUDIENCE AWARD

Lost Face (Australia/Canada), Sean Meehan

Based on a classic story by Jack London set in mid-1800s Alaska, a man makes a deal with a native chief in hopes to save his life.

 

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

ALEXIS AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING STUDENT FILMMAKER – The Alexis Award is selected by the Festival’s programming team and was created in honor of Alexis Echavarria, whose talent as a budding filmmaker and gift for inspiring excellence among his fellow students were cut short suddenly in 2005 at age 16.  The recipient received Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple.

Chebet (Kenya/USA), Tony Koros

A pregnant woman in the Kenyan highlands decides to take drastic action when she finds her husband passed out in front of their house yet again.

 

HP BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD PRESENTED BY CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS – The award goes to a film that is most successful in bringing and connecting the people of our world closer together. The winner received an HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation valued at $3,000.

Pantheon (France), Ange-Régis Hounkpatin

Son of a Beninese immigrant, cut off from his roots, Solomon is about to donate his deceased father’s Voodoo costume to a museum when a young street-dancer reminds him of the ancestral soul.

 

YOUTH JURY AWARD – The winner received a $500 cash prize.  

Everybody Else is Taken (New Zealand), Jessica Grace Smith

Meet Mika, a girl who refuses to let her gender define her place in one of the harshest environments on Earth-the play-ground.

 

 

About Palm Springs International ShortFest

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA and BIFA as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place in Palm Springs on June 20-26.  Now in its 23rd year, ShortFest will showcase 338 short films from 60 countries. The concurrent Short Film Market, the only one in North America, will feature a library of more than 4,200 films available to film buyers, industry and press.  The ShortFest Forum programs are a four-day schedule of seminars, panel discussions, roundtables and master classes staged free of charge for attending filmmakers.

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held January 4-15, 2018 and the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala will be held January 2, 2018.

(Source: Press release provided by Nikki Croney, BWR)

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PALM SPRINGS, CA – JANUARY 02: A general view of atmosphere at the after party for the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival)

 

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Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Line-Up

Posted by Larry Gleeson

ShortFest to Showcase Shorts Featuring Edward Asner, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Coon, Idris Elba, Rick Fox, Toby Jones, Tatiana Maslany, Ian McKellen, Matthew Modine, Sam Rockwell, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright and More!

Additional Speakers from AMPAS, Anonymous Content, CAA, Cartoon Network, FX Networks, ICM Partners, NASA, Preferred Content, Seed&Spark, UTA, Vimeo and More!

Palm Springs, CA (June 9, 2017) – Now in its 23rd year, Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase 338 films including 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.  The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 60 countries around the world.  There are 55 curated programs, which will screen June 20-26, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.  More than 4,200 of the festival submissions will be available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view.  The complete line-up is available at www.psfilmfest.org.

“Each year, the quality of films we watch for ShortFest keeps getting stronger,” said Festival Director Lili Rodriguez. “It makes our job of narrowing down the final selection that much harder, but also incredibly rewarding. There are so many unique and strong voices and we’re really proud to champion these films at the festival.”

This year’s star-studded shorts feature Academy Award® winners and nominees, as well as film and television stars including Summer Phoenix in Across My Land (USA/France); Thomas Lennon and Lennon Parham in All Exchanges Final (USA); Tatiana Maslany in Apart From Everything (Canada); The Dark of Night (USA) directed by Robin Wright and starring Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell; Sir Ian McKellen in Edmund the Magnificent (UK); Toby Jones in The Entertainer (UK); Julian Sands in The Escape (UK); Idris Elba in Five by Five (UK); Rick Fox in Game (USA); Carrie Coon in Great Choice (USA); Kate Winslet in The Lost Letter (Ireland); Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale in Martha Monster (Australia); Valerie Harper in My Mom and the Girl (USA); Helena Bonham Carter in Poles Apart (UK); Show Business (USA) directed by Clark Duke; and Super Sex directed by Matthew Modine and starring Kevin Nealon, Edward Asner, Elizabeth Perkins and Efren Ramirez.

2017 ShortFest Film Line-up

ShortFest jurors include: David Ansen (film critic/PSIFF Lead Programmer), Lindsey Bahr (Associated Press), Kate Bosworth (actress/producer), Ian Durkin (Vimeo), Sam Lansky (Time Magazine) and Heidi Zwicker (Sundance). Over $115,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash awards, will be given out in 21 categories to this year’s short films in competition.  The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner will receive the use of a camera package valued at $60,000.  First place winners in five categories will automatically become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS®) for a possible Academy Award® nomination.  Over the course of 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award® nominations.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 25 at a Closing Night screening and reception.

In addition to ShortFest’s award-winning short films, each year the Festival also welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for the ShortFest Forums of panels and roundtables.  Other prominent industry figures from AMPAS®, Anonymous Content, CAA, Cartoon Network, FX Networks, ICM Partners, NASA, Preferred Content, Seed&Spark, UTA, Vimeo and other organizations will participate in three days of ShortFest Forums covering a wide range of emerging trends and new practices in the global film community.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

11:00 a.m.      The Real Deal About Virtual Reality – The future is already here. As virtual reality comes into its own as a new frontier for exploring emotion, narrative and character in thrilling new ways, hear from these experts on the latest trends, tech and storytelling applications in VR, and find out how you can get involved in this unique platform for short films.

Guests: Ian Forester, VRPlayhouse; James Kaelan, WeVR; Sasha Samochina, NASA

Moderator: Rich DeMuro, KTLA

 

12:30 p.m.      Composing for Film (Roundtable) – When you are weary of watching endless cuts of your film, with its ability to change the emotional impact, music can make you fall in love with your film all over again… IF you get the right composer. Using multiple examples, composer and Professor Peter Neff will teach you how to collaborate with composers to make your vision come to life on screen.

 

2:00 p.m.        Funding, Funding, Funding . . . – How do you build your audience, crowdfund, attract a financier, or find a way to get your film off the ground? The industry’s leading experts are here to discuss the realities of independent producing, fundraising and getting your project made. Our panel of experts will walk you through the basics and give you the tools you need to get started.

Guests: Emily Best, Seed&Spark; Natalie Difford, Cinereach; Peter Van Steemburg, ICM Partners; Hailey Wierengo, United Talent Agency

 

3:30 p.m.        Episodic and the Small Screen – We live in a new golden age of television. With more content than ever being produced for the small screen, and opportunities for both established auteurs and fresh voices. In these uncertain times for film, how can you break into the episodic medium?

Guests: Barbara Crawford, FX Networks; Katie Krentz, Cartoon Network; Kim Sherman, Stage 13; Caleb Ward, SeriesFest

Moderator: Katherine Tulich, HFPA/RogerEbert.com

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

 

11:00 a.m.      Short Film Festival Strategy (Roundtable) – So, you have a film and are ready to hit the festival circuit. What festivals do you hit? Do you send a cover letter?  Should you put your film online? Come find out from our festival insiders.

Guests: Kimberley Browning, Hollywood Shorts; Eileen Chiao, USC School of Cinematic Arts; Nancy Collet, Collet Cinema; Paul Sloop, Cleveland Film Fest

 

12:30 p.m.      How to Pitch Like a Pro (Workshop) Do you have an idea you’re ready to pitch? Then you need to know how. Our industry panel will show you the ropes, and share stories on the do’s and don’ts of making your pitch. Perfect training for anyone signed up for Saturday’s speed pitching roundtable. Don’t miss this workshop.

Guests: Emily Best, Seed&Spark; Nick Ogiony, CAA; Peter Trinh, ICM

Moderator: Liz Marion, Palm Springs ShortFest

 

2:00 p.m.        All About the Docs After all these years, short-form documentary filmmaking is still a thriving art form and tool for change and justice. The right length and topic in skilled hands can be just as transformative as a feature length or televised counterpart. Learn the ins and outs of short-form documentary filmmaking, and how to get your work seen by those who need to see it.

Guests: Hussain Currimbhoy, Sundance Film Festival; Abby Davis, Preferred Content; Raegan Hodge, CARE; Tom Oyer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; AJ Schnack, Bonfire Films of America
Moderator: Jeremy Kay, Screen International

3:30 p.m.        In Conversation with . . . Kate Bosworth – Moderated by Gregg Kilday from The Hollywood Reporter, join us in conversation with actress/producer Kate Bosworth and get some insight into navigating a hyphenated career path and making the move from the spotlight to behind the camera with her new production company Make Pictures Productions.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

10:00 a.m.       Speed Pitching  Have a feature script up your sleeve? If you’re ready to venture out into the world, our collection of industry professionals – agents, studio executives, financiers, producers and filmmakers – are ready to meet with you one-on-one. You pitch. They respond. After 10 minutes it’s musical chairs.

                         Guests: Emily Best, Speed&Spark; Kimberly Browning, Hollywood Shorts; Abby Davis, Preferred Content; Adam Galen, Preferred Content; Kate Hurwitz, Cinetic Media; Matthew Lessall, Lessall Casting; Nick Ogiony, CAA; Linda Olszewski, Shorts HD; Morgan O’Neil, Southland Productions; Michael Polish, Director, The Astronaut Farmer; Luke Rivett, Anonymous Content; Peter Trinh, ICM; Peter Van Steemburg, ICM Partners

 

12:30 p.m.      Meet the Programmers – Navigating the festival circuit can be challenging, but with a cool head and a strategic plan, you can maximize your film’s visibility, make amazing connections and drive your filmmaking career forward. A group of programmers from top U.S. festivals will provide candid insights into the programming process, deciding which festivals are best for your project, and making sure you make the most of your festival experience.

Guests: Sarah Harris, Denver Film Festival, Dallas Intl. Film Festival, Seattle Intl. Film Festival; Adam Piron, Sundance Institute; Amanda Salazar, San Francisco Intl. Film Festival; Paul Sloop, Cleveland Film Festival

Moderator: Sudeep Sharma

 

2:00 p.m.        Meet the Press – Who is behind film and festival reviews? Learn from industry pros about how to catch the attention of the top writers and get your films reviewed.

Guests: Jeremy Kay, Screen International; Malina Saval, Variety; Anne Thompson, Indiewire

Moderator: Lili Rodriguez, Festival Director

 

3:30 p.m.        Short Film Postpartum So you’ve made a short, or maybe a few, and perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to play the festival circuit. What happens next? And where do you go from here?  Learn about the many paths your short can take beyond film festival screenings and how to make the most of your audience and future opportunities from a panel of experienced industry experts here to help keep the dream alive.

Guests:Jeff Deutchman, NEON; Ian Durkin, Vimeo; Kate Hurwitz, Cinetic; Linda Olszewski, Shorts HD

Moderator: Malina Saval, Variety

About Palm Springs International ShortFest

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA and BIFA as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place in Palm Springs on June 20-26.  Now in its 23rd year, ShortFest will showcase 338 short films from 60 countries. The concurrent Short Film Market, the only one in North America, will feature a library of more than 4,200 films available to film buyers, industry and press.  The ShortFest Forum programs are a four-day schedule of seminars, panel discussions, roundtables and master classes staged free of charge for attending filmmakers.

For more information and tickets, call (760) 778-8979 or visit the website: www.psfilmfest.org.

(Source: Press release provided by Nikki Croney)

 

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 DATES

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Palm Springs, CA (April 28, 2017) – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced the dates of its 29thedition.  Festival dates will be January 2-15, 2018.  Highlights include:

 *On Tuesday, January 2, the annual Film Awards Gala will kick off the festival at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Last year’s star-studded event, hosted by Mary Hart, honored Amy Adams, Andrew Garfield, Annette Bening, Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Negga, Tom Hanks, and the cast of Hidden Figures and the creative ensemble of La La Land.

*The festival’s “Power of Words: Book to Screen” program will be held Wednesday, January 3.

The screening portion of the festival will run Thursday, January 4 through Monday, January 15.  Opening Night screening will take place at Richards Center for the Arts on Thursday, January 4, with a party to follow at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

 The festival will close on Sunday, January 14, with Best of the Fest screenings taking place Monday, January 15.

 For additional information visit www.psfilmfest.org.

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About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, a glamorous, black-tie event attended by 2,500 people, which last year was presented by Chopard and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight.  The Film Awards Gala honors the year’s best achievements in cinema in front of and behind the camera.  The celebrated list of talents who have been honored in recent years includes Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and more.  PSIFF is organized by The Palm Springs International Film Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization with a mission to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness.

For more information, call 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.

(Source: Press release provided by NikkiCroney, BWR)

JUST ADDED: BEST OF FEST – #PSIFF January 16

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

Two films have been added to the Best of the Fest Line-Up!

 

TRUMAN

Spain/Argentina – 2015 – 108 minutes
Director: Cesc Guy
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Two of Spanish-speaking cinema’s finest stars, Ricardo Darin and Javier Cámara, play lifelong friends reconnecting for a short visit under the shadow of terminal cancer in this wide and tender (and surprisingly funny) movie from Cesc Gay. Goya Winner: Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Goya Awards.
Mon, Jan 16 – 5:00 PM – Camelot
Purchase tickets HERE.

 

24 WEEKS

Germany – 2016 – 102 minutes
Director: Anne Zohra Berrached
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A German woman is told her unborn baby will probably have Down syndrome and must decide whether to abort the pregnancy in this moving drama. “A wrenchingly affecting picture.. an incredible, revealing performance from Jentsch (Sophie Scholl).” – Screen
Mon, Jan 16 – 7:30 PM – Camelot
Purchase tickets HERE

 

The Best of the Fest line-up is now online.

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FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE

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A stand-alone Film Festival Store  for the Palm Springs International Film Festival is featuring a complete collection of Film Festival Merchandise at Destination PSP. The Festival Store is now open and will be open every day through January 16.
The Festival Store is located in the Regal Cinema Courtyard Plaza, unit 16,
just down from the Regal Cinemas and across the courtyard from the
Festival Ticket and Information Center.

You can also shop online at Destination PSP by clicking HERE.

DREAM VACATION PALM SPRINGS

VACATION PALM SPRINGS “DREAM VACATION” WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
* A Four (4) night stay for up to 4 people in a luxury 3-bedroom Palm Springs vacation rental home during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Winner will also receive the following:dream_vacation_psiff
* Opening -or- Closing Night Screening and Gala Reception – 4 Tickets
* Festival Screening Passes – 4 non-transferable passes, good for all regular screenings
Enter NOW through January 16, 2017
Must be at least 25 years of age to enter this contest.
No purchase necessary.
One entry per person; employees of PSIFF are not eligible.
(Source: psiff.org)

Palm Springs International Film Festival – January 16 – BEST OF THE FEST

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

The Best of the Fest line-up is now online.

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FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE

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A stand-alone Film Festival Store  for the Palm Springs International Film Festival is featuring a complete collection of Film Festival Merchandise at Destination PSP. The Festival Store is now open and will be open every day through January 16.
The Festival Store is located in the Regal Cinema Courtyard Plaza, unit 16,
just down from the Regal Cinemas and across the courtyard from the
Festival Ticket and Information Center.

You can also shop online at Destination PSP by clicking HERE.

DREAM VACATION PALM SPRINGS

VACATION PALM SPRINGS “DREAM VACATION” WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
* A Four (4) night stay for up to 4 people in a luxury 3-bedroom Palm Springs vacation rental home during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Winner will also receive the following:dream_vacation_psiff
* Opening -or- Closing Night Screening and Gala Reception – 4 Tickets
* Festival Screening Passes – 4 non-transferable passes, good for all regular screenings
Enter NOW through January 16, 2017
Must be at least 25 years of age to enter this contest.
No purchase necessary.
One entry per person; employees of PSIFF are not eligible.
(Source: psiff.org)

28th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

Posted by Larry Gleeson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toni Erdmann Receives FIPRESCI Prize;
Gael García Bernal and Isabelle HuppertReceive Acting Prizes;
White Sun Receives New Voices/New Visions Award;
No Dress Code Required Receives The John Schlesinger Award;
Neruda Receives Cine Latino Award;
Mercenary Receives The HP Bridging The Borders Awards
 

Palm Springs, CA (January 14, 2017) – The 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s juried award winners at a luncheon at the Hilton Palm Springs on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  The Festival, held from January 2-16, 2017, screened 190 films from 72 countries. The Mercedes-Benz Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature will be announced on Sunday, January 15.

 

FIPRESCI PRIZE

A special jury of international film critics reviewed 43 of the 85 official submissions for the Academy Awards(R) Best Foreign Language Film category screened at this year’s Festival.  Awards are presented to the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor and Actress in a Foreign Language Film.

 

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Director Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann received the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: Toni Erdmann(Germany), directed by Maren Ade.  In this unforgettable comedy, a prankster father puts on a wig and false teeth and invades the life of his rigid, ambitious corporate consultant daughter, whose life is upended in profound and often hilarious ways. The jury presented the award to the film, “for its originality, human complexity and unique tonal orchestration that seems natural and uncalculated. It is also an observant look at corporate culture carried by two wonderful performances.”

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Gael Garcia Bernal (left) and Diego Munoz in a scene from Pablo Larrain’s biopic Neruda. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film: Gael García Bernalin Neruda(Chile), directed by Pablo Larraín.  The jury said, “Bernal’s performance is the heart of the film’s tonal shifts, infusing the historical drama with the very poetry of its subject matter.”

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Actress Isabelle Huppert in character from Paul Verhoeven’s Elle. For her performance received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film: Isabelle Huppert in Elle (France), directed by Paul VerhoevenThe jury said, “Isabelle Huppert gives depth and humanity to a complex and conflicted character in a challenging, unorthodox film. Her intelligence, self-assurance, and gift for conveying rich emotional tones have never been more strikingly displayed.”

The FIPRESCI jury members were Kiva Reardon (programming associate, TIFF), Yael Shuv (chief film critic, Time Out Tel Aviv) and David Sterritt (editor-in-chief, Quarterly Review of Film and Video).

 

NEW VOICES/NEW VISIONS AWARD

The New Voices/New Visions competition showcases ten films from emerging international directors bringing their first or second narrative features to the Festival. The winner is selected by a jury of festival programmers and U.S. distributors.

 

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A scene from Deepak Rauniyar’s dark comedy, White Sun, a story about two brothers from each side of the Nepalese civil war reunited after 10 years for their father’s funeral. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

New Voices/New VisionsAward: White Sun(Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands), directed by Deepak Rauniyar. The film is a dark comedy about two brothers from each side of the Nepalese civil war brought together after 10 years for their father’s funeral. A trenchant, eye-catching parable, this is the best film to come out of Nepal in years.

 

The jury issued the following statement, “White Sun, for its sympathetic but unsentimental portrayals of multiple perspectives, artfully integrating landscape as a participating character in the film. Featuring stunning performances from an ensemble cast, directed with sensitivity, the film’s storytelling leaves space for the audience to experience the tension between tradition and modernity. The film balances personal and political drama with a touch of absurdist humor.”

New Voices/New Visions Special Mentions: Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany), directed by Mbithi Masya and Mellow Mud (Latvia), directed by Renars Vimba.  The jury said, “Both directors create worlds that lead the audience deeply into beautifully-realized worlds.”

The films were juried by Jonathan Howell (founder and director, Big World Pictures), Funa Maduka (Global Content Acquisition group, Netflix), Jane Schoettle (International Programmer, TIFF).

 

THE JOHN SCHLESINGER AWARD

The John Schlesinger Award, named after the director, writer, producer and festival supporter, is presented to the director of either a first or second feature documentary from among those screened at the festival.

 

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Cristina Herrera Borquez’ memorable documentary, No Dress Code Required, follows a same-sex couple, Victor and Fernando, as they fight for the right to be married in their home town of Mexicali, Baja California. No Dress Code Required received this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) John Schlesinger Award. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

Schlesinger Award: No Dress Code Required (Mexico), directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez. This memorable doc follows a same-sex couple, Víctor and Fernando, as they fight for the right to be married in their home town of Mexicali, Baja California. A rallying cry for equality and a testament to the power of ordinary people to become agents of change.

 

The jury issued the following statement, “For a film that does not let you look away as ordinary people rise to the challenge of fighting for their legal rights, the John Schlesinger Award goes to No Dress Code Required, a compelling documentary that puts us on the front line of the evolving story of marriage equality.”

 

Schlesinger Special Mention: Beauties of the Night (Mexico), directed by María José Cuevas.  The jury said, “For a beautifully crafted exploration of ageism with a powerful vision, and an empowering take on what it means to grow old in a culture obsessed with youth and beauty, Special Mention goes to Beauties of the Night.”

The films were juried by Daniela Elena Alatorre (head of documentary programming, Morelia International Film Festival), Fenton Bailey (co-founder, World of Wonder Productions), Sudeep Sharma (senior programmer, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles).

 

CINE LATINO AWARD

The Cine Latino Award is presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the festival.  The award aims to highlight the creativity seen in modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American films.  Cine Latino is supported in part by Acción Cultural Espanola, Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action.

 

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Chilean Director Pablo Larrain’s Neruda is the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) recipient of the Cino Latino Award for best Ibero -American film screening. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

Cine Latino Award: Neruda (Chile), directed by Pablo Larraín.  The jury said, “Bypassing narrative tropes associated with films about important historical figures and creating a nearly fantastical story that is as visually striking as it is telling about the relationship between an artist and his creation, the Cine Latino Grand Jury Prize goes to Neruda.”

Cine Latino Special Mention: Everything Else (Mexico), directed by Natalia Almada. The jury said, “Coming from a doc background gives this filmmaker a unique perspective and framing that has created a powerful film. Her story often asks more questions than there are answers for but anchored by a strong, yet understated performance this film succeeds.  The film is executed with precise framing and uncanny cinematography.”

 

The films were judged by Carlos Aguilar (film journalist), Lane Kneedler (Director of Programming, AFI Fest) and Andrea Roa (producer)

 

THE HP BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD

The HP Bridging the Borders Award is presented by Cinema Without Borders and Hewlett Packard, which honors the film that is most successful in exemplifying art that promotes bringing the people of our world closer together. The prize includes an HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation, valued at $4,000.

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Director Sacha Wolff’s Mercenary is the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) recipient of the HP Bridging the Borders Award. (Photo courtesy of PSIFF Press Office)

HP Bridging the Borders Award: Mercenary (France), directed by Sacha Wolff.  The film is a fierce, moving thriller about a massive Polynesian rugby player recruited to play in France. This stunning debut film shows us a violent, unfamiliar world through the eyes of an unforgettable outsider.

 

The jury said, “The winner of HP Bridging The Border Award is the story of a tattooed, colossal 19 year-old recruited from his island shack in Wallis, New Caledonia , to the brutal world of a rugby team in France. Wolff, paints the contrasting societies with authenticity and elicits from his non-professional actor, Toki Pilioki a performance of quiet dignity that scorches your memory. The winning film is Mercenary by Sasha Wolff.”

 

Audience Award winners will be announced on Sunday, January 15.  The Best of the Fest screenings will take place on Monday, January 16.  For a complete list of screenings visit www.psfilmfest.org

The complete list of award winners are:

 

Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

TBA on Sunday, January 15

 

Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

TBA on Sunday, January 15

 

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Toni Erdmann (Germany), directed by Maren Ade

 

FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film

Gael García Bernal in Neruda (Chile)

 

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film

Isabelle Huppert in Elle(France)

 

New Voices/New Visions Award

Winner:White Sun (Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands), directed by Deepak Runiyar

Special Mentions: Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany), directed by Mbithi Masya and Mellow Mud (Latvia), directed by Renars Vimba

 

The John Schlesinger Award

Winner: No Dress Code Required (Mexico), directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez

Special Mention: Beauties of the Night (Mexico), directed by Maria José Cuevas

 

Cine Latino Award

Winner: Neruda (Chile), directed by Pablo Larraín

Special Mention: Everything Else (Mexico), directed by Natalia Alamda

 

HP Bridging the Borders Award

Winner: Mercenary (France), directed by Sacha Wolff

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, a glamorous, black-tie event, presented by Chopard and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight, and attended by 2,500.  The Film Awards Gala honors the year’s best achievements in cinema in front of and behind the camera.  The celebrated list of talents who have been honored in recent years includes Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon.  PSIFF is organized by The Palm Springs International Film Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization with a mission to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness

For more information, call 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.
Contacts:
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212.901.3920/310.550.7776                                                                          760.322.2930
(Source: PSIFF Press Office)

 

 

Palm Springs International Film Festival – January 15

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival Jury Award Winners were announced on Saturday, January 14 at the annual Awards Luncheon.

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The winners are:

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Toni Erdmann (Germany), directed by Maren Ade
FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film
Gael García Bernal in Neruda (Chile)
 
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film
Isabelle Huppert in Elle (France)
 
New Voices/New Visions Award
Winner: White Sun (Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands), directed by Deepak Runiyar
Special Mentions: Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany), directed by Mbithi Masya and
Mellow Mud (Latvia), directed by Renārs Vimba
 
The John Schlesinger Award
Winner: No Dress Code Required (Mexico), directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez
Special Mention: Beauties of the Night (Mexico), directed by Maria José Cuevas
 
Cine Latino Award
Winner: Neruda (Chile), directed by Pablo Larraín
Special Mention: Everything Else (Mexico), directed by Natalia Alamda
 
HP Bridging the Borders Award
Winner: Mercenary (France), directed by Sacha Wolff
 
The Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the
Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature will be announced at the Closing Night Screening of THE COMEDIAN on Sunday, January 15.

THERE’S STILL TIME LEFT – GREAT FILMS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

 

 

THE WINTER

Argentina/France – 2016 – 95 minutes
Director: Emiliano Torres
NEW VOICES/NEW VISIONS
North American Premiere
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Forced from his longtime job as ranch foreman by a sincere young upstart, a weary caretaker prepares to take advantage as the younger man shows himself ill-prepared for an unforgiving Patagonian winter. A lean, stark tale of survival against the unforgiving forces of both nature and man himself. Winner: Best Actor, Biarritz; Special Jury Award, San Sebastian.
Sun, Jan 15 – 9:30 AM – Regal
Director, Emiliano Torres to attend.
Purchase tickets HERE.

GRADUATION

Romania/France/Belgium – 2016 – 128 minutes
Director: Cristian Mungiu
WORLD CINEMA NOW

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 A doctor abandons his principles to ensure his daughter passes her crucial exams in this tense and complex moral thriller from the director of
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which explores the endemic corruption in post-Communist Romania. Winner: Best Director, Cannes; Best Actor, Screenplay, Chicago.
Sun, Jan 15 – 1:30 PM – Annenberg
Purchase tickets HERE
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NAGASAKI: MEMORIES OF MY SON

Japan – 2015 – 130 minutes
Director: Yôji Yamada
AWARDS BUZZ-BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

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Three years after the Nagasaki atomic bomb killed her son, the widowed Nobuko starts being visited by his ghost. Octogenarian filmmaker Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai) has crafted a delicate, affecting, magical realist chamber piece, with a haunting score by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Winner: Best Actor, Japanese Academy Awards.
Sun, Jan 15 – 3:30 PM – Regal
Purchase tickets HERE.

DARK SKULL

Bolivia/Qatar – 2016 – 80 minutes
Director: Kiro Russo
WORLD CINEMA NOW
North America Premiere
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Broken by the recent death of his father, a troubled young man tears through a small, indigenous town until his godfather gets him a job in the mines. With jaw-dropping, dreamlike visuals, Russo’s debut offers a darkly beautiful subterranean study in atmosphere and mourning. A new landmark in Bolivian cinema.
Sun, Jan 15 – 8:00 PM – Mary Pickford
Purchase tickets HERE.

DREAM VACATION PALM SPRINGS

VACATION PALM SPRINGS “DREAM VACATION” WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
* A Four (4) night stay for up to 4 people in a luxury 3-bedroom Palm Springs vacation rental home during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Winner will also receive the following:dream_vacation_psiff
* Opening -or- Closing Night Screening and Gala Reception – 4 Tickets
* Festival Screening Passes – 4 non-transferable passes, good for all regular screenings
Enter NOW through January 16, 2017
Must be at least 25 years of age to enter this contest.
No purchase necessary.
One entry per person; employees of PSIFF are not eligible.

A JEW MUST DIE

Switzerland – 2016 – 73 minutes
Director: Jacob Berger
WORLD CINEMA NOW
North America Premiere
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In a small Swiss village in 1942, a cabal of Nazi sympathizers select a Jewish scapegoat (played by Bruno Ganz) to kill, and an 8-year-old witness grows into a 70-year-old writer whose life was changed forever by what he saw.

Sun, Jan 15 – 8:00 PM – Regal

Purchase tickets HERE

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(Source: psiff.org)