It may be too early to know which fantastic feature films and indelible documentaries will unspool at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival come January 2015—or to know which megawatt Hollywood superstars will be on hand in the desert to present and receive trophies at the famous Awards Gala on January 3—but passes and six-packs for what is arguably the most star-studded event in the Palm Springs Valley have been on sale online since August 1. Please visit www.psfilmfest.org for more information.
And it might be tough to beat last year’s 25th anniversary incarnation of the Awards Gala—which toasted the likes of Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, and the cast of American Hustle (Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner)—but if anyone can, it’s producer Richard DeSantis and Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. I, for one, just can’t wait to see which of this season’s most buzzed about films will be feted. If I had to bet, I’d say chances are good for the Jessica Chastain starrer The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (executive produced by our very own desert filmmakers Jim Casey and Kim Waltrip), Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig (who co-star in Skeleton Twins), the Jane Fonda-led ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, Ben Affleck directed by David Fincher in Gone Girl, Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Brad Pitt’s Fury, Eddie Redmayne in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater.
As for the actual film festival, it will be held at various venues from January 2 through 12, and will screen hundreds of features and documentaries for an adoring crowd of some 135,000 attendees over those 11 days.
For those seeking individual tickets rather than six-packs or passes to popular special events such as Opening Night, Closing Night, and the Awards Gala, please note that the full schedule of screenings and parties will be unveiled online on December 26, which is the day individual tickets go on sale to the general public. ’Tis the season for silver screen sensations, so see you at the movies!