Palm Springs is busy doing what they do best: putting on a glitzy, glamorous, star-studded show.
The 25th Annual International Palm Springs Film Festival started today, and runs until January 13th. This means for the next ten days, the city will be crawling with Academy Award hopefuls, and the film industry’s up-and-comings.
While the IPSFF does feature American independent films and the works of celebrated directors, they’re dedication lies in showcasing new and emerging film talents with a spotlight on international cinema.
Created by Mayor Sonny Bono to inspire Palm Springs’ tourism, the event was an instant success that has yet to stop growing. In 1989, 17,000 people came to see 62 films. This year, the festival boasts over 135,000 attendees and nearly 200 films, with 70% of those attendees coming from outside of the Coachella Valley.
The IPSFF has seen such famous faces as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, and Leonardo DiCaprio, but this year marks their most star-studded roster yet. A sold-out gala on Saturday, Jan. 13 will honor A-listers like Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, and U2.
If you’re lucky enough to make it to the festival, don’t leave without checking out our guide to the Palm Springs’ hot spots, seen here.
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