International Council for Film,Television
and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT)



Palm Springs International Film Festival



Location: Palm Springs, California, USA
Founding Year: 1989

Originally promoted by Mayor Sonny Bono and then sponsored by Nortel Networks Corporation, the Palm Springs International Film Festival started in 1989 and is held annually in January. It is now run by the Palm Springs International Film Society, which also runs the ShortFest, a festival of short films and film market in June.
The festival regularly attracts around 135,000 people, with some 70% coming from outside of the Coachella Valley, including Canada and Europe. It is also noted for its Award Ceremonies where such actors as Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Leonardo DiCaprio have appeared.
The festival offers a broad array of award-winning films from every corner of the globe and highlighting the work of established masters of world cinema.