As 2018 begins to fade, the curtain will open to a New Year, and season will officially kick off in the Desert with the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Film Society produces The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) every January and has come to be known as the first stop on the road to the Academy Awards®.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s signature showpiece event – and by far the biggest fundraiser – is the annual Film Awards Gala, scheduled for January 3rd. This dazzling celebration of old school Hollywood star power, glamour and talent kicks off Awards season each year, and takes locals back to the time when Palm Springs was the playground for Hollywood’s biggest stars.
This is an evening of high style, glitz, and fellowship, as they roll out the red carpet and welcome the hottest industry players, A-list celebrities, and Palm Springs community leaders to an elegant dinner and awards ceremony which raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society every year.
On January 3rd, Bradley Cooper will be honored with the Director of the Year Award for his work on “A Star is Born” (Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures), as well as Glenn Close with the Icon Award (The Wife | Sony Pictures Classics), Rami Malek with the Breakthrough Performance Award (Bohemian Rhapsody | Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises), Melissa McCarthy with the Spotlight Award (Can You Ever Forgive Me? | Fox Searchlight), Alfonso Cuaron with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award (ROMA | Netflix and Participant Media Present) and Green Book with the Vanguard Award (Participant Media, DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures).