A-list actors and directors scheduled to attend and be honored
The 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America. In 1989, then-Mayor Sonny Bono first hosted the event. Now in its 30th year, more than 135,000 attendees are expected for 12 days of festivities and film screenings featuring more than 180 new and celebrated international features and documentaries.
Grab a ticket
Individual film and event tickets (including tickets for Opening and Closing Nights) are available for purchase beginning December 26. Passes and six-pack vouchers are available through January 1, 2019. Priced at $69, vouchers are a great way to save money on individual screenings.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, January 3, with the annual Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Screenings run Friday, January 4 through Monday, January 14. On January 4, the festival will run screenings all day with the official Opening Night screening taking place that evening at Richards Center for the Arts with a party to follow. The festival closes on Sunday, January 13, with Best of the Fest screenings taking place on Monday, January 14.
A-list celebrities, including Spike Lee, Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy, Bradley Cooper and Alfonso Cuarón are scheduled to attend and be honored. On Opening Night, Bradley Cooper will be presented the award for director of the year for “A Star Is Born.”
Alfonso Cuarón will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award for his film, “Roma,” during the Film Awards Gala. Additionally, Close, Malek and McCarthy will be awarded for their film work during the event. Close will be celebrated with an Icon Award and also acknowledged for her critically-acclaimed performance this year in “The Wife.”
The red carpet rolls out at the Palm Springs Convention Center to welcome the hottest industry players and Palm Springs community leaders for an elegant dinner and awards ceremony, which raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society. Tables go quickly for this event, so check out seating options and grab a spot early.
Even more movies
Staying a few more days? Take in one more film and see the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club screening of “Flags of Our Fathers” on January 17. Clint Eastwood directed and co-produced this 2006 award-winning American war film that tells the story of the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima, the five Marines and one Navy corpsman who were involved in raising the flag on Iwo Jima, and the after effects of the event on their lives.
Home away from home
With 12 days full of films and festivities, you’ll want to stick around to rub elbows with celebrities and film industry folk. Rancho Mirage has a number of other resorts with spacious rooms, poolside patios, private villas and other options to suit all your needs.