It’s about that time Coachella Valley…. time for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Roll out the red carpet, turn the spotlights on, rev up the film reels and brace yourself to stand in line for an hour or so.  This is one of the most hyped up, worldly, celebrity studded, indie events in the Coachella Valley.  Sounding like a contradiction of sorts?  Well, it kinda is… but we can’t help but love it.  In fact, no matter how long the lines are, how much the paparazzi freak me out, or how many tourists are in town you better believe I will be there in the mix of things.  I haven’t missed one of these for the past 8 years and I don’t plan on missing out on what special treats this year has to offer this year either.

Aside from the weekly, summer-time Global Lens free film screenings provided by the Palm Springs Art Museum, this is the desert’s rare opportunity to catch some pretty amazing, top-of-the-line, wordly, interesting films right in our own back yard.

Warning: There is no time to slack off.  This festival comes with a big bang!!  All wrapped up and compressed into into a one week and a half time-span filled to the brim with non-stop, overlapping film screenings.  And more often then not, two films you want to see are going to overlap one another.  AAaaaaahhhhhhh!!!  What’s a film nerd to do??

Alas, no sense in me hyping up something that doesn’t need a hype man.  It’s reputation and following truly speaks for itself.

And just in case you are one of the rare few out there who have yet to attend a Palm Springs International Film Society event I have gathered up some vital info for you.  This info would be website links, ticket price, locations, and suggested films!  Please do your research as to what films you really wanna watch though, because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Enjoy!  And I hope to run into you there!


“Palm Springs International Film Festival is a film festival held in Palm Springs, California. It was started in 1989 and is held annually in January. It is run by the Palm Springs International Film Society, who also run the Palm Springs International ShortFest, a festival of short films and film market in June.” – from my super trusty, wikipedia

This is the 22nd year that the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been in rotation.  This year, the festival runs from Wednesday, January 5th to Monday, January 17th.  The screenings take place at different theaters all throughout the city of Palm Springs.  All films have been hand selected by a team and vary in subject matter, location, Please scroll further down to see times and venues.

The Official Website is

Ticket Prices

Regular Individual Screening Tickets
General Admission $11
Matinee (screenings starting before 3:00 p.m.) $10

Talking Pictures Programs/Panel Discussions
General Admission $15

Six Pack $54
Good for six regular priced screenings (does not include Galas). Six Pack tickets can be selected online or in person at a Festival Box Office. Please note that this value pack is only available for purchase through January 6, 2011.

Opening Night Gala
Thursday, January 6, 2011: $60
6:30 p.m. at Palm Springs High School
Opening Night Gala Party immediately following screening

Closing Night Screening & Wrap Party
Sunday, January 16, 2011: $50
Closing Film Screening 5:00 pm at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium. Wrap Party immediately following screening.

Gala Film Screenings
Special presentation film screenings with special guests
General Admission: $12
Screening & Reception: $25

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Tonight, January 5th

Friday Night, January 7th

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Take note of all the cool venues that the films are being screened at.

Here is a link to the official Schedule:

Films We Suggest

Bill Cunningham New York
USA, 2010, 84 Minute Running Time
Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
True Stories
Language: English


The Desert of Forbidden Art

Uzbekistan, 2010, 80 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA/Russia
Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
True Stories
Language: Russian, English
English Sub-Titles


Waste Land
Brazil, 2010, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom
Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Latino
True Stories
Language: Portuguese
English Sub-Titles


That’s a wrap!

Make sure to check out the Official Website: