The beginning of the new year also marks an important time for cinema in the Coachella Valley, as the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is set to run from January 2-14. This Southern California celebration of cinema is one of the largest film festivals in North America, garnering over 135,000 attendees each year for its slew of releases from around the world. A catalog of 180-plus films are scheduled to be screened in various theaters in the Palm Springs area.
The Festival kicks off with its annual Film Awards Gala on January 2, honoring directors and actors for their notable performances and achievements in cinema throughout the year. For 2018, Timothée Chalamet will receive the Rising Star Award for his performance in Call Me by Your Name and the prestigious Vanguard Award will be presented to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, an award previously won by La La Land last year. Other honorees include Willem Dafoe receiving the Icon Award for his work in The Florida Project, along with other recognized celebrities like Gal Gadot, Mary J. Blige, Holly Hunter, and Gary Oldman.
Stay tuned for upcoming movie reviews and industry interviews from the Festival, as Borrowing Tape covers the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival and proves that Hollywood movie magic is alive and well in the heart of the desert.
For more information about this event or to purchase tickets, visit the Festival’s official website.