2014 is coming to an end and 2015 will be here tomorrow.  To most, that means a party tonight – to us, that means the Palm Springs International Film Festival in two days!

  As we know it/see it, the Film festival is a big hoopla.  We all know there are celebrities in town, we all know there are long lines to watch the films….but, did you know that there are free film screenings, secret screenings, student screenings, and much more?…



No, really.  It’s imperative to know that the PSIFF is in it’s 26th year of production, and it’s only getting bigger.  It’s also beneficial to know that the Palm Springs International Film Festival not only has films from all across the world (obviously) but they also have over 30+ film topics to pick from.  What do you like?  Comedy?  They got that.  Road Movies?  They got that.  Jewish Interest?  Check.  Women Directors?  Comedy?  Gay/Lesbian?  Cult?  Crime?!?!  Check, check, check, check check!  They got it all.  All you have to is select your interest, time, get a ticket, and show up.




In the media the Palm Springs International Film Fest is one of the most star studded events that happens all year long, but in all actuality it’s up there with one of the most culturally enriching events of the year in the Coachella Valley as well.  Here you have the opportunity to watch some of the best films created by some of the best directors from across the world, get a peak into their culture, without the inconvenience of having to drive two hours into the next big city.

And this year, for the first time ever, they are creating a whole new segment of films gears towards us…. the “20 something year olds”.  These films will be screened later in the evenings on Friday and Saturday night.  After we get off work.

So, take advantage!



However, there is no time to slack off…

You gotta buy your tickets now.  The  programming for the festival is such that is all wrapped up and compressed into a week 1/2 time-span –  filled to the brim with overlapping screenings, day-in and day-out every day of the festival.  And more often then not, two films you want to see are going to overlap one another.

To make matters worse, the whole shabang ends on January 12th, so there’s little-to-no time to spare.



What’s a film nerd to do??


Just breath…

The CVAS is here to help.

This here is an encompassing informational blog post for you.

If you scroll down you will be able to acquire lots of vital information about the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Anything from who organizes it, to where to buy your tickets, to what to hashtag to tag while Instagraming from inside the theater (whoops- I mean outside the theater, turn your cell phones off inside) can be found here.

Suggestions on what films to look out for will be featured in our upcoming blog posts this week, so make sure to come back for that.

Looking forward to seeing some of our CVAS readers out there!


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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.

PSIFS’s Mission
Palm Springs International Film Society strives for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge and tolerance prevail. We believe film as an art form has the power to bridge cultures and illuminates the universality of the human experience.
PSIFS’s Company Overview

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. With a year-round program of screenings and special events, the PSIFS hosts two major annual festivals and presents monthly screenings of contemporary international films, many with special guests attending for post-screening Q&A’s.


The Official Website is www.psfilmfest.org.


This is the 25th year that the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been in rotation.  This year, the festival runs from Friday, January 3rd to Monday, January 13th.  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.


Ticket Prices

Individual Screening Tickets 
General Admission $12 
Matinee (screenings starting before 3:00 p.m.) $11 

Talking Pictures Programs 
General Admission $25

Six Pack $60 
Good for six (6) individual $11 or $12 priced screenings (does not Talking Pictures or special events). Six Pack vouchers can be redeemed for individual tickets online or in person at a Festival Box Office. Please note that this value pack is only available for purchase through January 3, 2013.



Festival Box Offices

Festival Ticket & Information Center 
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 113 

Camelot Theatres 
2300 E. Baristo Road 

Palm Canyon Theatre 
538 N. Palm Canyon Drive 

Palm Springs High School Auditorium 
2248 E. Ramon Road 

Annenberg Theater (lower level of the Palm Springs Art Museum) 
101 Museum Drive

*more info on psfilmfest.org


How To Get Around


Screening Times

To find out what is playing the day/time you are available, click the image/link below.  From there, find the preferred day in the “Day of Show” pull down and go from there:


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Program Guide

A great resource for navigating through the films and information on all events.  And good news, it’s now available online!


When it comes to social media and hashtagging, the most important thing to know is when to #hashtag (not in the theater while the movie is playing) and the second most important thing to know is what to #hashtag.  Here are the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015’s official social media plugs:
You can also @PSFilmFest on Twitter & Instagram


Free Community Screening


 Desert Regional Free Community Screening
Sunday, January 11, 4:30 PM
Annenberg Auditorium
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x + y film

X + Y
United Kingdom, 2014, 111 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topic: Drama
Programs: Free ScreeningWorld Cinema Now
Language: English

Awards: Alice nella città strand the prize, Rome International Film Festival

Hugo discovery Asa Butterfield is superb as the young protagonist—a teen math whiz whose behaviour falls along the autism spectrum—in Morgan Matthews’ perceptive, intelligent and entertaining debut feature. Drawing from his lauded documentary on teen math prodigies Beautiful Young Minds, Matthews’ tale follows Butterfield’s Nathan, an isolated, proud and occasionally arrogant kid with a genius for numbers, who is persuaded to enter the International Mathematical Olympiad, a journey that takes him from the UK to Taipei and results in his first romance. Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall and a funny Eddie Marsan are uniformly excellent in support. “This sensitive drama is deeply affecting, and offers a spot-on portrait of autism and the bewitching world of math… Matthews’ affinity for the subject and empathy for his characters pays rich dividends, while his documentary background shines through in his and DP Danny Cohen’s eye for striking visual details, especially in the Taiwanese locations… The use of wistful, sometimes gently humorous, sometimes sad songs credited to Mearl adds a nice touch of hip.” Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR: Morgan Matthews
Producer: David Thompson
Editor: Peter Lambert
Screenwriter: James Graham
Cinematographer: Danny Cohen
Music: Martin Phipps
Principal Cast: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Bankside Films

Official Film Website



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